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Correction: Student Hate Crime-New Charge story

Mar. 22, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — In a story March 20 about a man facing misdemeanor criminal mischief charges, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the suspect was an Oregon State University graduate student. He is a former student. A corrected version of the story is below: Man convicted of hate crime...

Prosecutors: Suspect confessed to Utrecht tram shooting

Mar. 22, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The main suspect in a deadly shooting in a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht has confessed to the attack and said he acted alone, prosecutors announced Friday. The shooting is being investigated as a possible extremist attack, but prosecutors would not say if the...

Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

Mar. 21, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A white former police officer said Thursday he thought a weapon was pointed at him when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager outside Pittsburgh last summer. Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld took the stand at his homicide trial and insisted he was in fear for...

Energy secretary may speed plutonium removal from Nevada

Mar. 21, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says Energy Secretary Rick Perry has committed to expediting the removal of weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped to a site in Nevada last year if she agrees to stop blocking appointments to vacant positions in his department. But it's not clear...

The Latest: Jurors find man guilty in teacher's death

Mar. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man accused in teacher's death (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A jury has convicted a Georgia man of concealing the death of a teacher whose slaying remained a mystery for more than a decade after her body was burned to ash and bone fragments in a rural pecan...

Jury convicts Georgia man for role in teacher's 2005 slaying

Mar. 21, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A jury on Thursday convicted a Georgia man of concealing the death of a teacher whose slaying remained a mystery for more than a decade after her body was burned to ash and bone fragments in a rural pecan orchard. Bo Dukes was the first of two suspects to stand trial in the 2005 death...

Jury finds man guilty of dismembering father, not murder

Mar. 21, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been acquitted of killing his father but convicted of dismembering the body. The Palm Beach Post reports that jurors found 50-year-old James "Jimmy" Scandirito II guilty Thursday of abuse of a corpse and not guilty of first-degree murder. Sentencing is...

Rand Paul's $580,000 jury award upheld in Kentucky

Mar. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has denied a request for a new trial from a man who a jury said should pay more than $580,000 to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for injuries Paul suffered when he was tackled by the man. The Daily News of Bowling Green reports Special Judge Tyler Gill rejected a motion...

The Latest: Defense expert supports cop who shot black teen

Mar. 21, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A defense expert says a white former police officer followed proper procedure when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager during a...

NTSB: Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

Mar. 21, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A trash truck driver who had marijuana in his system likely caused a fatal collision last year with an Amtrak train that was carrying Republican lawmakers, federal investigators concluded Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board's final report said the crash in rural Virginia...