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Jury deliberating in fraud trial of Ponzi scheme suspect

Oct. 16, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of an investment adviser charged with orchestrating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme to finance her lavish lifestyle, including spending more than $800,000 for prayers by Hindu priests in India. At the end of Dawn Bennett's...

Testimony ends at trial on payments in college basketball

Oct. 16, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Testimony at a trial about secret payments in college basketball drew to a close Tuesday after prosecutors asked the jury to focus on a flurry of texts and phone calls, some involving legendary Louisville coach Rick Pitino, about Brian Bowen Jr. in the days before the prized prospect...

Ronaldo rape allegation moving on 2 legal tracks in Nevada

Oct. 16, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process in Las Vegas. One involves the lawsuit, which will proceed to a jury trial in civil court only if a state judge sides with...

Prosecution: 2 workers obstructed inquiry into slide death

Oct. 16, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say two maintenance workers at a Kansas water park where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on a waterslide deliberately mislead investigators as their criminal trial began. The Kansas City Star reports that attorneys for David Hughes and John Zalsman countered Tuesday...

Inmate convicted of capital murder in prison guard's death

Oct. 15, 2018 10:24 PM EDT

ANSON, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate has been convicted of capital murder in the slaying of a female prison guard. KTXS-TV reports that a Jones County jury deliberated less than three hours Monday before finding 24-year-old Dillion Compton guilty in the death of Mari Johnson. Prosecutors will seek the death...

Judge declines to punish student who poured ink on statue

Oct. 15, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge declined Monday to punish a black University of North Carolina graduate student who admitted to pouring red ink and her own blood on a Confederate statue in a headline-grabbing protest that preceded the statue's toppling months later. After a day of impassioned testimony,...

W.Va. Senate postpones acting on impeachment trial ruling

Oct. 15, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Monday postponed the impeachment trial of a state Supreme Court justice after a judge who was to preside over the trial did not show up. The trial of Justice Margaret Workman was to begin Monday, but Acting Chief Justice Paul Farrell was absent in light...

Harvard: Race can only help, never harm, applicants' chances

Oct. 15, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University intentionally uses a vague "personal rating" to reject Asian-American applicants in favor of students from other racial backgrounds, according to lawyers on one side of a trial that began Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges. Harvard's...

Trial set for Delaware police chief in parking lot crash

Oct. 15, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware police chief accused of hitting another vehicle in the police department's parking lot and trying to cover it up is facing a January trial. A judge held a final case review Monday for Newport Police Chief Michael Capriglione, who is accused of striking another vehicle with his...

January trial set for man charged with killing golf champ

Oct. 15, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa drifter charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain. District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia...