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Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman's 1991 killing

Dec. 5, 2019 10:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death penalty in...

Pearl Harbor commemoration to go on after fresh tragedy

Dec. 5, 2019 10:25 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials will beef up security as usual for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a U.S. sailor killed two civilians, wounded another and then turned the gun on himself at the...

Botched investigation allows Colorado student to avoid jail

Dec. 5, 2019 8:56 PM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Officials say a mishandled investigation into the shooting death of a Colorado State University student will allow his roommate to avoid prison. Authorities say 22-year-old Colemann Carver was given a deferred sentence in a plea deal following errors in a police investigation of...

Lawyer: Accused Texas school shooter sent to mental hospital

Dec. 5, 2019 7:01 PM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school was moved to state mental health hospital Thursday after a judge ruled last month that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 19, has been transferred from the county jail in...

Bloomberg gun plan: Permits, assault weapon ban, age limits

Dec. 5, 2019 6:40 PM EST

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy on Thursday just steps from the site of one of Colorado's worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to...

Correction: Nursing School Harassment story

Dec. 5, 2019 5:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Dec. 3 about a sexual harassment lawsuit, The Associated Press reported that the man accused of harassment was employed by WakeMed Raleigh Hospital. The man worked at WakeMed but was not employed by the hospital. A corrected version of the story is below: Lawsuit describes...

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

Dec. 5, 2019 4:27 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates used pieces of shirts or bedsheets to hide their faces. What happened at the jail on that Friday afternoon in May...

Georgia college pays $145,000 to settle anthem protest case

Dec. 5, 2019 1:41 PM EST

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University's decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem has cost Georgia taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. Former KSU cheerleader Tommia Dean settled her lawsuit and will get $93,000 of the...

Federal court considers bathroom use by transgender student

Dec. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A student has the right to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, a lawyer told a federal court Thursday, arguing that the issue is about the right of transgender students to “equal dignity." But the Florida school district that's appealing a lower court order in...

Judge frees jail officers charged with excessive force

Dec. 5, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge in Baltimore has agreed to release from custody a group of correctional officers charged with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in the city. The Baltimore Sun reports that a prosecutor asked Wednesday for some of the 25 indicted officers to be held until...