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After cover-up trial, officer who shot teen to be sentenced

Jan. 18, 2019 6:10 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald's death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars. Jason Van Dyke...

Ex-judge: Romania ruling could collapse murder trials

Jan. 18, 2019 5:29 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court ruling that Romanian prosecutors obtained evidence illegally could collapse murder and child pornography trials in the country, a top legal expert said Friday. Romania's Constitutional Court ruled this week that secret protocols signed between the Prosecutor's office and...

Court rules Texas can bar Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

Jan. 17, 2019 9:48 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Thursday lifted a lower-court ban that prohibited Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued the ruling that removes the preliminary injunction U.S. District...

Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

Jan. 17, 2019 8:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager's death that led to protests, a federal investigation of the police department and the rare...

Jurors convict man in Temple University student slaying

Jan. 17, 2019 7:20 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole Thursday in the slaying of a 22-year-old Temple University student. Jurors convicted Joshua Hupperterz of first-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of Jenna Burleigh. He...

US government files appeals notice after 2020 census ruling

Jan. 17, 2019 6:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department began its appeal Thursday of a New York judge's ruling stopping the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for the first time since 1950. Garrett Coyle, a Justice Department attorney based in Washington, filed the one-page notice of...

The Latest: Prosecutor hopes case cracks 'code of silence'

Jan. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of three Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A prosecutor says she's disappointed by a judge's acquittal of three Chicago officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 police...

Judge: New DNA evidence means man is entitled to new trial

Jan. 17, 2019 4:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who has spent more than four decades in prison for murder is entitled to a new trial because new testing found his DNA wasn't on key pieces of evidence, a judge ruled. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the November 1976 fatal shooting of...

Nonprofit reapplies to open South Bend abortion clinic

Jan. 17, 2019 3:25 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A nonprofit group that had been denied a state license to open a South Bend abortion clinic reapplied for one Thursday instead of challenging the decision in court. Texas-based Whole Woman's Health Alliance reapplied for the license Thursday, avoiding what it feared would be a lengthy...

Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of trying to cover up the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald

Jan. 17, 2019 3:19 PM EST
CHICAGO (AP) — Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of trying to cover up the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.