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Teacher in bomb-making case gets nearly 6 years in prison

May. 22, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A math teacher who paid students to dismantle fireworks and store the explosive powder was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Wednesday by a judge who cited these "dangerous times" when schools and places of worship must guard against violence. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman...

South Dakota governor not planning to stop inmate execution

May. 22, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

The governor of South Dakota says she does not plan to stop the execution of a death row inmate who claims jurors were biased against him because he's gay. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Gov. Kristi Noem to grant clemency to Charles Rhines. He was convicted of stabbing 22-year-old doughnut shop...

Suspect shot by police was free despite probation violations

May. 22, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An armed robbery suspect who was shot this month by Iowa City police had been released from jail days earlier, despite probation violations that could have kept him behind bars, a review by The Associated Press shows. Hours after bonding out of jail on charges of assaulting a police...

Alabama prison inmate indicted in 1974 Texas officer slaying

May. 22, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

ALICE, Texas (AP) — An Alabama inmate serving a life sentence for robbery has been indicted in the 1974 fatal shooting of a Texas police officer. Prosecutors joined police in Alice, Texas, on Tuesday to announce the May 10 indictment of Roberto Lopez on a capital murder count. Officer Matthew Murphy was...

Former Arkansas lawmaker gets jail sentence in theft case

May. 22, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

ASHDOWN, Ark. (AP) — A former state lawmaker in Arkansas has been sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to a theft charge. Fonda Hawthorne was accused of using public money from the Ashdown-Little River Chamber of Commerce to buy alcohol and tobacco when she was serving as the...

Egypt refers 6 death sentences to religious authority

May. 22, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has referred the case of six alleged Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of terrorism to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's top religious authority, for a non-binding opinion on their execution. The Cairo Criminal Court said Wednesday the six were found guilty of killing three people,...

40-year sentence sought for man convicted of sex trafficking

May. 22, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year prison sentence for man found guilty of sex-trafficking a Chicago teenager who was murdered. Joseph Hazley was found guilty in March of sex-trafficking 16-year-old Desiree Robinson and two other victims. Robinson was allegedly killed in December 2016...

Indiana synagogue vandal sentenced to 3 years in prison

May. 21, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and lighting fires outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says 21-year-old Nolan Brewer of Eminence was sentenced Monday evening for conspiring to...

LMan gets life for wife's murder; son found body years later

May. 21, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for his wife's murder, which was witnessed by their then-toddler son who found his mother's buried body 21 years later. Michael Haim, 52, was convicted last month of second-degree murder, the Florida Times-Union reported....

Judge sentences man to death for used car lot slayings

May. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to death for the slayings of a couple at their Cleveland used car dealership. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County judge sentenced 32-year-old Joseph McAlpin on Tuesday. The jury that found McAlpin guilty of aggravated murder and other charges had recommended...