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Ocean swells may have affected fatal Alaska floatplane crash

Jul. 24, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The pilot of a floatplane that crashed in an Alaska bay killing a man and injuring others told authorities the ocean was swelling during takeoff. The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday that an investigation began after the Friday crash that killed 57-year-old Maryland resident...

Nicaragua court frees prisoner in death of Brazilian student

Jul. 23, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A court in Nicaragua on Tuesday ordered the release of a suspected armed pro-government civilian sentenced to 15 years in prison for the killing of Brazilian medical student Rayneia Lima a year ago. Three judges in the Managua Court of Appeals freed Pierson Gutiérrez, who was...

Officer wounded, suspect killed during undercover drug buy

Jul. 23, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say a state narcotics officer was wounded and a suspect was killed in a shooting during an undercover drug buy in the parking lot of a suburban Pittsburgh shopping center. Allegheny County police say agents and the target of the attorney general's task force exchanged gunfire...

Man pleads guilty in brutal 1998 killing of Montana teen

Jul. 23, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a pair of crimes that remained unsolved for two decades — the brutal murder of an 18-year-old video store clerk and the rape and attempted murder of a newspaper carrier. Zachary David O'Neill, 39, entered his guilty pleas in state...

Woman who bought gun used to kill deputy sent to prison

Jul. 23, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 13-month prison sentence was handed an Indianapolis woman who purchased the handgun used to kill a Boone County sheriff's deputy in March 2018. Dawn Love Rochon pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to making a false statement to acquire the gun. Prosecutors say Rochon lied about her...

Missing men now suspects in Canada murders

Jul. 23, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Two young men thought missing are now suspects in the murders of an American woman and her Australian boyfriend as well as the death of another man in northern British Columbia, Canadian police said Tuesday. The Royal Mounted Police had said Monday they were searching for 19-year-old Kam...

Judge: Teen charged in school shooting to be tried as adult

Jul. 23, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A 17-year-old who was 15 when he was accused of shooting four classmates in a Washington state school will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Tuesday. Caleb Sharpe carefully planned and executed the mass shooting, and should not be released from custody at age 21 as required if he is...

Woman pleads guilty to using salt in death of her ailing son

Jul. 23, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson woman accused of killing her ailing 4-year-old son with table salt in 2015 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Pima County prosecutors say 35-year-old Ashley Castro reached a plea agreement in the case Monday. They say Castro is facing up to 25 years in prison when...

2 sentenced in death of veteran, 85, found in shallow grave

Jul. 23, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A man and woman have been sentenced to prison in the death of an 85-year-old Korean War veteran found buried in a shallow grave behind a northwestern Pennsylvania apartment complex. The Erie Times-News reports that 34-year-old Antonio McLaurin and 29-year-old Elizabeth Taylor were both...

University of Mississippi student charged in woman's death

Jul. 23, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a University of Mississippi student from Texas, saying he killed a female student whose body was found last weekend not far from the Ole Miss campus. Lafayette County Sheriff's Major Alan Wilburn said 22-year-old Brandon A. Theesfeld of Fort Worth has been...