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Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

Oct. 17, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

ROSEMONT, Penn. (AP) — Megan Rice, a nun and Catholic peace activist who spent two years in federal prison while in her 80s after breaking into a government security complex to protest nuclear weapons, has died. She was 91. Rice died of congestive heart failure Oct....

Ivory Coast's ex-leader Gbagbo vows return to political life

Oct. 17, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo told supporters Sunday that he'll be involved in politics until his dying day, detailing his ambitions publicly for the first time since being acquitted of war crimes charges. The 76-year-old...

Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers

Oct. 17, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges. That choice already has led to some curious legal...

University offers to rehire prof acquitted of ties to China

Oct. 16, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has offered to reinstate a professor who was acquitted of federal charges that had accused him of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving NASA research grants, a letter obtained by the Knoxville News...

Jury orders police officer in fatal shooting to pay $350K

Oct. 16, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A civil jury has ordered a former Bridgeport police officer to pay $350,000 after finding he wrongfully shot and killed a man eight years ago who had dropped his weapon. The federal jury found Friday that Christopher Borona violated the...

Woman gets 38 years for stabbing 2 to death in Allendale

Oct. 16, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

ALLENDALE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman was sentenced to 38 years in prison for stabbing to death two neighbors in a rural South Carolina apartment complex, prosecutors said. Paulette Sims, 31, was still stabbing and sticking her finger into the wounds of one of...

Former West Fargo teacher found guilty of luring by computer

Oct. 16, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former West Fargo teacher has been convicted of luring a minor by computer. Prosecutors say 59-year-old Ron Thompson believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl. KFGO reports West Fargo police received a tip from an...

St. Louis County officer found not guilty in death of girl

Oct. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis County officer has been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by his patrol car in 2019. Officer Preston Marquart was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Akeelah...

Court upholds new 1-year sentence for Iranian-British woman

Oct. 16, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing an Iranian-British woman long held in Tehran to another year in prison, her lawyer said Saturday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already served a five-year prison sentence in the Islamic...

The Latest: Russia's daily virus death toll passes 1,000

Oct. 16, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along...