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Police: Kids seeking candy trapped in store by sex offender

Jul. 18, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

NEWPORT, N.C. (AP) — A sex offender working at a North Carolina convenience store is accused of locking children inside the shop and robbing them. Newport police Chief Keith Lewis tells reporters that two children entered the shop near closing Sunday to buy candy and were trapped by 60-year-old Hector...

Birmingham officer shot, suspect killed in downtown shootout

Jul. 18, 2019 2:17 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama police officer has been shot multiple times by a suspected armed robber who was then killed in a shootout in downtown Birmingham. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick D. Smith tells news outlets that officers were responding to a reported robbery at a mom and...

Mental exam ordered for man charged with 2 stabbing deaths

Jul. 18, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental examination for a man charged with stabbing to death a taxi driver and a tow truck driver in a rural area of the San Francisco Bay Area. A San Mateo County judge on Wednesday suspended proceedings and ordered two doctors to determine whether Malik...

Jury deliberates for 2nd day on penalty in scholar's slaying

Jul. 18, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) —  Jurors are set to resume deliberations on whether an ex-University of Illinois doctoral student deserves the death penalty for slaying a 26-year-old scholar from China. Thursday will be their second day of deliberations on whether Brendt Christensen should die or spend the rest...

Man convicted in 2017 murder in Tucson gets life prison term

Jul. 18, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man convicted in a 2017 murder has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release for 25 years. Pima County prosecutors say 18-year-old Daren Encinas-Pablo was sentenced Tuesday. Encinas-Pablo and another suspect were accused of robbing a man and woman at...

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

Court acts against judges for remarks in sex assault cases

Jul. 17, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

New Jersey's high court took action Wednesday against two judges who have faced criticism over their comments in cases involving sexual assault. New Jersey's Supreme Court recommended that state Superior Court Judge John Russo Jr . be removed from the bench. Russo asked a woman during a 2016 hearing if she could...

Jury deliberates death penalty in Chinese scholar's slaying

Jul. 17, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) —  Jurors began deliberating but didn't reach a decision Wednesday on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for the brutal slaying of a scholar from China he abducted at a bus stop. Brent Christensen's attorney, Elisabeth Pollock, teared up...

2 dead in suburban Seattle shooting

Jul. 17, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

KENT, Wash. (AP) — A woman and man are dead after a shooting in the Seattle suburb of Kent. KIRO-TV reports officers responded to the shooting at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday and found a woman lying on the ground and a man nearby with a gun in his hand. Police say the woman was unresponsive and lifesaving...

Buried body in backyard; Kingman couple accused of murder

Jul. 17, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A Kingman man and woman have been arrested in a homicide investigation in northwestern Arizona. Mohave County Sheriff's officials say 31-year-old Mark Anthony Baldanado Jr. and 23-year-old Carrie Conlyn Vanover have been booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. They say...