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Ex-Minneapolis cop faces new sentence in death of 911 caller

Oct. 20, 2021 23:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home will be sentenced on a lesser charge Thursday after his murder conviction was overturned in a case that drew global attention and was...

Ex-Minneapolis cop to be resentenced in death of 911 caller

Oct. 20, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report hearing a possible sexual assault behind her home is set to be sentenced on a lesser charge after his murder conviction was overturned in a case that drew widespread attention...

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre

Oct. 20, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering 17 people during a rampage at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving a jury to decide whether he will be executed for one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings. ...

Mistrial declared in ex-Nevada inmate's 2nd Colorado trial

Oct. 20, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — The trial of a former Nevada prison inmate accused of the 1984 killing of a suburban Denver woman ended Wednesday in a mistrial after his lawyers requested he be evaluated to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial. The judge declared...

Pleasant Hill teacher sentenced for sex acts with student

Oct. 20, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former teacher in Pleasant Hill has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for engaging in sex acts with a student, federal prosecutors said. Abraham Christopher Smith, 39, was sentenced Tuesday for enticement of a minor. He pleaded guilty to the...

US sentence reduced for Hugo Chavez's former bodyguard

Oct. 20, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hugo Chávez's former bodyguard, who became one of the earliest and most-effective witnesses for U.S. investigations into corruption in Venezuela, is scheduled to be released from prison in the coming months. On Tuesday, a Miami federal judge reduced from...

Maldives minister: Failure to limit warming a death sentence

Oct. 20, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A failure to limit global warming could mean a “death sentence” for small island nations like the Maldives, including the end of their livelihoods and cultures, the country’s environment minister said Wednesday. Almost all countries...

R. Kelly's Chicago trial on federal sex charges set Aug. 1

Oct. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York. ...

Head of illegal pot delivery company sentenced to 4 years

Oct. 20, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of an unlicensed marijuana delivery service in Massachusetts that reaped millions of dollars in revenue from 2015 until 2018 was sentenced in federal court to four years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Deana Martin, 53, of Milton, was also...

Ex Chicago-area gynecologist sentenced for abusing patients

Oct. 20, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A former Chicago-area obstetrician/gynecologist has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting that he sexually abused two of his former patients during exams. Dr. Fabio Ortega, 75, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in Cook...