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Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Johnny Depp is back in the witness box for a third day at the trial of his libel suit against a tabloid newspaper that called him a “wife-beater.” Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he’d physically abused ex-wife Amber Heard.  He strongly denies ever hitting Heard. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Depp, at libel trial, says Heard relationship was 'tailspin'

Jul. 9, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp denied assaulting ex-wife Amber Heard on a private Caribbean island and during a furious rampage in Australia in a third day of evidence Thursday in the actor's libel suit against a U.K. tabloid newspaper that called him a “wife-beater.” Depp is suing News Group...

Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. Johnny Depp is facing a second day of cross-examination by lawyers for British tabloid The Sun, which is defending a libel claim after calling the Hollywood star a “wife beater.” Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he’d been abusive to ex-wife Amber Heard. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

In UK court, Depp accuses Amber Heard of 'hoax' abuse claims

Jul. 8, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp denied an allegation by ex-wife Amber Heard that he is a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” monster who turned violent when he drank and took drugs, though he acknowledged in a London court on Wednesday that he may have done things he can't remember while he was under the...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo the guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The Justice Department plans to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are slated to die by lethal injection in one week beginning Monday. The executions will take place at USP Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Justice Department plows ahead with execution plan next week

Jul. 8, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is plowing ahead with its plan to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are...

Sanity trial in newspaper shooting postponed amid pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 6:48 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Court proceedings to determine criminal sanity for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at Maryland newspaper have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jarrod Ramos' pre-trial hearings have been moved to August and a sanity trial was moved to December in the...

Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London, Tuesday, July 7, 2020.  The libel case by Depp against a British tabloid newspaper started Tuesday over a 2018 article that branded him violent and abusive to then-wife Amber Heard. Depp strongly denies the claim. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

At libel trial, Depp blasts Amber Heard's 'sick' abuse claim

Jul. 7, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp said Tuesday that ex-wife Amber Heard had made “sick” claims of abuse and falsely branded him a monster, as the actor testified in a U.K. libel case that hinges on who was the aggressor in the celebrity couple’s violent, toxic relationship Depp is suing...

In this image provided by the Freedom Initiative Mohamed Amashah is greeted by family members upon arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Monday, July 6, 2020. The American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. (Bushra Soltan/Freedom Initiative via AP)

American student released after 486 days in Egyptian prison

Jul. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. The release of Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American citizen from Jersey City, New Jersey, followed...

This undated photo provided by the Steele County, Minn., Jail shows Lois Riess. Riess a Minnesota woman who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in Florida so she could assume her identity has been returned to her home state to face trial on allegations that she killed her husband in 2018. Lois Riess is being held at the Steele County Detention Center in Owatonna, Minn., on charges of first- and second-degree murder. She's accused of fatally shooting David Riess at their home in Blooming Prairie in March 2018. (Steele County Jail via AP)

Convicted Florida killer back in Minnesota on murder charges

Jul. 6, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in Florida so she could assume her identity has been returned to her home state to face trial on allegations that she killed her husband in 2018. Lois Riess is being held at the Steele County Detention Center in...

Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva holds a bunch of flowers after a court session in Pskov, Russia, Monday, July 6, 2020. A court in the city of Pskov convicted Prokopyeva on charges of condoning terrorism on Monday and ordered her to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. (AP Photo)

Russian journalist fined in case that drew broad outrage

Jul. 6, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian journalist on Monday was convicted on charges of condoning terrorism and ordered to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. The court in the city of Pskov found Svetlana Prokopyeva guilty of “justifying terrorism” and...

Germany: 3-year sentence sought for former SS camp guard

Jul. 6, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say the trial of a 93-year-old former guard at the Nazis' Stutthof concentration camp proved he was an accessory to murder, and they called Monday for him to be given a three-year sentence. Bruno Dey, a former SS private, went on trial at the Hamburg state court in October....

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2016, file photo, Bill Cosby waves to cheering fans as he leaves after a court appearance in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was convicted of sexual assault in 2018. He is serving up to 10 years in prison. Now in the midst of another historic reckoning, this time addressing the treatment of African Americans and other people of color by police and the criminal justice system, the 82-year-old Cosby has won the right to an appeal. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Cosby citing systemic racism as he fights assault conviction

Jul. 5, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a nearly empty Philadelphia courtroom in June 2015, a lawyer for Bill Cosby implored a federal judge to keep the comedian’s testimony in an old sexual battery lawsuit under wraps. It was sensitive. Embarrassing. Private. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno had another word for...