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Woman gets life in 2016 slaying of 4-year-old daughter

Aug. 11, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Alabama woman to life imprisonment after she pleaded guilty to murder in the killing of her 4-year-old daughter. Stephanie Diane Smith, 29, pleaded guilty Monday in the death of Zadie Wren Cooper four years ago, records show. The Athens News-Courier reported...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Activist's arrest in Portland galvanizes Black Lives Matter

Aug. 11, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The arrest during a Portland, Oregon protest of a Black woman who became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago has galvanized local and national Black Lives Matter groups. Demonstrators took to the streets...

Man charged in beating death of girlfriend’s toddler

Aug. 11, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — A man has been charged with aggravated murder in the death of his girlfriend's toddler daughter, who authorities said suffered a fatal head injury while in his care last month. Bail was set at $1 million for Devon Mallory, 31, of Euclid. It wasn't known Tuesday if he has retained an...

St. Louis man charged with killing over parking dispute

Aug. 11, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been charged, accused of fatally shooting a neighbor during an argument over street parking, then of trying to kill the victim's wife. Troy Jackson Jr, 28,. was charged Monday with first-degree murder, assault and other counts for the June 16 killing of Jermane Hicks,...

Nigeria singer sentenced to death in north for blasphemy

Aug. 11, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A young musician in northern Nigeria’s Kano state has been sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. An Upper Shariah Court found Yahaya Sharif, 22, guilty for circulating a song described as insulting Prophet Muhammad on WhatsApp in March. He has 30...

Police: Florida dad kills terminally ill daughter, himself

Aug. 11, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A man fatally shot his 11-year-old, terminally ill daughter before killing himself in their South Florida home on Monday, police said. “It was a devastating terminal illness,” Davie police spokesman Lt. Mark Leone told news outlets. “She was not going to get any...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks in the White House in Washington. Parson on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, said he will ask state lawmakers meeting in a special session to give state Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office authority to intervene in homicide cases in St. Louis that he said are not being prosecuted quickly enough. Parson's request that Schmitt be given “concurrent” jurisdiction in some St. Louis homicide cases was widely seen as a criticism of Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, although the governor and Schmitt both insisted during a news conference the goal was to reduce a skyrocketing murder rate crime in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Parson wants state to intervene in St. Louis murder cases

Aug. 10, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson on Monday said he will ask state lawmakers meeting in a special session to give state Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office authority to intervene in homicide cases in St. Louis that he said are not being prosecuted quickly enough. Parson's request that Schmitt be...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Hate crime victim arrested at protest won't be prosecuted

Aug. 10, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Black woman who became a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago won't be charged after her arrest early Monday fueled anger among protest leaders in Portland, Oregon, authorities said. Demetria Hester, 46,...

Vegas police: Armed man shot dead in home with woman hostage

Aug. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police shot and killed a man they said was armed, wanted for questioning about several neighborhood fires and eluded an officer’s gunshot during a chase before taking a woman hostage, authorities said Monday. The woman was not harmed, but police Capt. Nichole Splinter said...

Authorities ID 33-year-old Rapid City man as stabbing victim

Aug. 10, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 33-year-old Rapid City man who was fatally stabbed last week. Police on Monday identified the victim as Lance Baumgarten. Police were called Thursday morning about a man found lying in the grass in Rapid City. Officers began life-saving...