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Convicted killer denied retrial despite twin's confession

Oct. 23, 2018 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man found guilty of fatally shooting a rival street gang member in 2003 will not be granted a retrial even though the convicted man's twin claims that he committed the crime and not his brother, a judge ruled Tuesday. In 2016, Kevin Dugar's twin, Karl Smith, claimed he was the one...

Sentencing resumes for Texas woman accused of starving son

Oct. 23, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Friends and family members are urging leniency for a Texas woman convicted of attempted murder for withholding food and nutrients from her son. Danita Tutt was convicted last week but a jury acquitted her of two counts of injury to a child, which was related to allegations from...

Monsanto weed killer ruling is 1st step in long legal battle

Oct. 23, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With its stock dropping and more lawsuits expected, Monsanto vowed Tuesday to press on with a nationwide legal defense of its best-selling weed killer Roundup after a San Francisco judge upheld a verdict alleging it causes cancer. Legal experts said the decision will have little value...

Hearing set on complaint against convicted W.Va. justice

Oct. 23, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judicial conduct board has reinstated proceedings against convicted state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. In July, the West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board put a complaint by a Judicial Investigation Commission on hold until criminal charges against Loughry...

Jury selected for border agent's 2nd trial in teen's killing

Oct. 23, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal prosecutors will once again try a U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a 16-year-old boy in a cross-border shooting. The agent was acquitted earlier this year of murder, but a jury deadlocked on manslaughter charges. A jury was selected Tuesday and opening arguments are...

The Latest: Monsanto weed killer legal battle to last years

Oct. 23, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Monsanto ruling (all times local): 3:40 p.m. With the value of its stock dropping and more lawsuits expected, Monsanto's parent company says it will press on with its nationwide legal defense of its best-selling weed killer Roundup. On Monday, San Francisco Judge Suzanne...

Ex-mayor gets 15 years in prison on corruption charges

Oct. 23, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The former mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for rigging municipal contracts in a scheme to raise money for his political campaigns for higher office. Ed Pawlowski, 53, was convicted in March of dozens of federal charges, including...

Cosby judge rejects new trial bid; Camille Cosby sees bias

Oct. 23, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby's bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing, leading the comedian's wife, Camille, to again accuse the judge of bias against her husband. The ruling by the same judge that presided over Cosby's trial also led the entertainer's lawyers to file their...

Life-or-death decision faces jury in cop killer case

Oct. 23, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors asked a jury Tuesday to impose what would be the first death sentence in Virginia since 2011 against an Army staff sergeant who killed his wife and a rookie police officer who responded to her call for help. "Put him in the grave because that's what he deserves," prosecutor...

Missouri judge clarifies ruling on voter photo ID law

Oct. 23, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Tuesday made clear that local election workers cannot enforce a core requirement in a new voter photo identification law, taking away the teeth of the law in advance of a marquee U.S. Senate election on Nov. 6. At issue is a new law that had directed voters to...