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Company settles lawsuit over bad Detroit lights for $4M

Dec. 10, 2019 9:28 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A company agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit over thousands of defective streetlights in Detroit, a newspaper reported. The city sued Leotek Electronics USA last spring, alleging that roughly 20,000 lights were failing. The faulty lights were an embarrassment, especially after...

Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against Trump

Dec. 10, 2019 9:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -- pushing toward historic votes over charges he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security. Speaker Nancy Pelosi,...

Woman who told fibs about medical problems gets 15 years

Dec. 10, 2019 9:06 AM EST

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo woman has been given a 15-year sentence for scamming a couple out of thousands of dollars by saying she had a kidney transplant, tumors and other medical problems. Black Hawk County court records say 47-year-old Shawn Adams was sentenced Friday. She was convicted Nov. 15 of...

18-year-old sentenced for pharmacy robbery in Omaha suburb

Dec. 10, 2019 8:25 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An 18-year-old has been imprisoned for his role in robbing a pharmacy in an Omaha suburb. Prosecutors said Monday that Otis Brown III has been given eight years and a day in prison and must serve five years of supervised release after he leaves custody. He also was ordered to pay more...

Man accused of beating to death grandmother takes plea deal

Dec. 10, 2019 8:13 AM EST

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of beating to death his grandmother in western Iowa’s Council Bluffs has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Court records say 30-year-old Jacob Heyer pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder. Prosecutors lowered the charge from first-degree murder in...

Spanish judge sends man to prison over gang rape website

Dec. 10, 2019 8:09 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has sentenced a man to 18 months in prison for creating a website showing where an infamous gang rape took place in Pamplona and the route the convicted perpetrators took. A Pamplona court statement Tuesday said the judge also ordered the 39-year-old Madrid man, identified...

Georgia man serving life for Mississippi murder seeks pardon

Dec. 10, 2019 8:01 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Georgia man serving a life in prison in Mississippi for murder wants that state's governor to commute his sentence. Jodon Antonio Slaughter, 53, ran a legal notice required to make the reduction request in the classified ads section of The Sun Herald. Friends and family can...

Jury acquits Texas man of pot charges in Nebraska

Dec. 10, 2019 7:20 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Texas man accused of hauling hundreds of pounds of marijuana through Nebraska has been acquitted of drug charges. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 51-year-old Edward Babb, of Houston, was found not guilty Friday of two counts of possession for sale and two counts of no drug tax...

South Carolina man acquitted in fatal street racing crash

Dec. 10, 2019 7:03 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge dropped all charges against a man accused of involvement in a 2017 street racing crash that killed three people and injured four minors. Lawrence Maurice Ravenel, 49, was acquitted after two days of testimony last week, Charleston's 9th Circuit...

Man sentenced to prison for child exploitation offenses

Dec. 10, 2019 6:26 AM EST

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has sentenced a New York City man to 72 months in prison for producing and distributing visual representations of the sexual abuse of children. The judge also ordered 58-year-old Leonard Lewis to three years of supervised release. Federal prosecutors...