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Turkey: Police on trial for killing of prominent lawyer

Oct. 21, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Three police officers went on trial Wednesday in southeastern Turkey over the killing of a prominent lawyer and human rights defender nearly five years ago. Lawyer Tahir Elci was fatally shot in the head after making a press statement on the destruction of a historic mosque in the Sur...

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French militant group dissolved after teacher's beheading

Oct. 21, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French government issued an order Wednesday to dissolve a domestic militant Islamic group after the beheading last week near Paris of a teacher who had shown students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said the Collective Cheikh Yassine group was...

Police and journalists outside a court in Glostrup, Denmark, where convicted murderer Peter Madsen will appear after his Tuesday's escape attempt, Wednesday morning, Oct. 21, 2020. A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine made a brief escape from a suburban Copenhagen prison on Tuesday. (Photo: Liselotte Sabroe / Scanpix 2020)

Danish sub killer denies he had help in prison break attempt

Oct. 21, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish man convicted of murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine was remanded to custody Wednesday after he confessed to threatening several people as he attempted to break out of a suburban Copenhagen prison. Prosecutors said Peter Madsen threatened a...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, delivers a speech while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, left, and Seine-Saint-Denis prefect Georges-Francois Leclerc listen, after a visit on the fight against separatism at the Seine Saint Denis prefecture headquarters in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. Authorities were looking into about 50 associations suspected of encouraging hate speech and the issue will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday after the history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French militant group, mosque to close after teacher slaying

Oct. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s president on Tuesday named a domestic militant Islamist group as “directly implicated” in last week’s gruesome street beheading in a Paris suburb of a teacher who had shown his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Emmanuel Macron said the group will...

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. A judge has cleared the way for grand jurors to speak about the proceedings in the case against the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor. An anonymous grand juror who sat on the panel last month had sued to speak publicly. None of the officers were charged directly in Taylor’s death, but one officer was charged with endangering Taylor’s neighbors. Cameron, whose office led the investigation, had opposed letting grand jurors speak about the proceedings. He has said he did not introduce any homicide charges against the two officers who shot Taylor, because they were justified in returning fire after Taylor's boyfriend shot at them. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Grand juror speaks after judge ruling in Breonna Taylor case

Oct. 20, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — A grand juror who won a court fight to speak publicly about the Breonna Taylor investigation took issue Tuesday with statements by Kentucky's attorney general and said the jury was not given the option to consider charges connected to Taylor's shooting death by police. The anonymous...

This photo provided by the Pinellas County, Fla., Jail, shows Thomas Parkinson-Freeman, 23, who was was arrested early Monday morning, Oct. 19, 2020, and charged with manslaughter, after allegedly fatally shooting his twin brother while they were joking around in an SUV, authorities said. (Pinellas County Jail via AP)

Police: Florida man fatally shoots twin brother

Oct. 20, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man fatally shot his twin brother while they were joking around in an SUV, authorities said. Thomas Parkinson-Freeman, 23, was arrested early Monday morning and charged with manslaughter, according to Pinellas County jail records. Parkinson-Freeman and his brother, Mathias,...

Law enforcement officials at the scene of an officer-involved shooting at an apartment complex  on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Houston. Two Houston officers were shot before a SWAT team was dispatched to the scene, where the suspected shooter was arrested, authorities said. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / Houston Chronicle via AP)

Police: Houston officer killed in shooting, another wounded

Oct. 20, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police officer was killed and a teenager and another officer were wounded Tuesday when a man opened fire on law enforcement responding to a domestic disturbance call, authorities said. Police Chief Art Acevedo said officers arrived at the apartment in southwest Houston around 8...

FILE - This June 5, 2019 file photo, provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, shows former critical care doctor William Husel. Lawyers for the fired hospital doctor, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in 25 patient deaths, have accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked that the court dismiss the indictment handed down by a grand jury. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Doctor asks court to dismiss murder indictment in 25 deaths

Oct. 20, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for the Ohio hospital doctor charged with murder in 25 patient deaths accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked Tuesday that the court dismiss the indictment handed up by a grand jury. Former intensive care doctor William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers...

A police office watches Peter Madsen as he sits on the side of a road after being apprehended following a failed escape attempt in Albertslund, Denmark, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. The self-taught Danish engineer, who was convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine in 2017 before dismembering her body and dumping it at sea, on Tuesday was captured after attempted prison escape outside the suburban Copenhagen jail where he is serving life-time sentence. (Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Danish submarine killer briefly escapes from prison

Oct. 20, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine made a dramatic but brief escape from a suburban Copenhagen prison Tuesday, reportedly taking a hostage to break out before police recaptured him. Peter Madsen was quickly apprehended...

Today in History

Oct. 20, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 20, the 294th day of 2020. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L....