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New Orleans man, 62, free after 42 years and plea agreement

Oct. 16, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

ANGOLA, La. (AP) — Free for the first time in 42 years, a New Orleans man who always maintained his innocence over a 1977 slaying walked past a guard tower Wednesday to greet the younger brother who is providing an apartment and job for him. Elvis Brooks, 62, has always said he was not involved in a fatal...

Georgia set to execute man convicted of killing store clerk

Oct. 16, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man convicted of shooting two Georgia convenience store clerks — killing one and seriously injuring the other — in separate robberies is scheduled to be executed later this month. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled to be put to death Oct. 30 at the state prison in...

US to require Chinese officials to report American contacts

Oct. 16, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will soon require Chinese officials in the U.S. to notify the State Department ahead of any contacts they plan to have with American educators, researchers and local and state governments. The release of the new rules was accompanied by...

Memphis police identify missing man's body, make 2nd arrest

Oct. 16, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee have identified remains found at a marina as a missing 20-year-old man who police think was killed months ago during a robbery. News outlets report the remains found near the Mississippi River on Oct. 6 were identified Tuesday as Baba Said. Memphis police...

Atlantic City transfers power amid corruption - yet again

Oct. 15, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For over a decade, things had been quiet in Atlantic City, the seaside gambling resort known as much for its colorful political corruption as for its slot machines and saltwater taffy. But that came to an end this month when Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. pleaded guilty to wire fraud,...

The Latest: Councilman Marty Small named Atlantic City mayor

Oct. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the selection of Marty Small as Atlantic City's new mayor (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Council members in Atlantic City have named Council President Marty Small the city's new mayor at a special meeting. Small has been serving as acting mayor since former Mayor...

After 42 years in prison, plea agreement bringing freedom

Oct. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man who has spent two-thirds of his life in prison for a killing he always denied committing has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will be released. Elvis Brooks, 62, has maintained that he's innocent since his arrest in July 1977, shortly before his 20th birthday. "I...

Florida judge: $1.3B scam nets Californian 25 years' prison

Oct. 15, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A California man has been sentenced by a Florida judge to 25 years in prison for orchestrating a $1.3 billion fraud scheme that stole money from at least 7,000 investors nationwide. Court records show 61-year-old Robert Shapiro was sentenced Tuesday in Miami federal court after previously...

Brazen thief steals $20,000 Dali artwork in San Francisco

Oct. 14, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A brazen thief stole a Salvador Dali etching valued at $20,000 from a San Francisco gallery, then walked off down the street with the work in his hand. "Burning Giraffe," a 1960s hand-colored, limited-edition surrealist work, was stolen in seconds Sunday afternoon from Dennis Rae Fine...

Police probe for motive in killings at illegal gambling spot

Oct. 13, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police were investigating Sunday whether a gambling dispute, robbery or something else led to the shooting deaths of four people at an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn that was just blocks from a police precinct. The New York Police Department identified the dead as Terence Bishop, 36;...