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Chicago awaits 2 historic hearings in fatal police shooting

Jan. 16, 2019 6:25 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago police officers will learn this week whether a judge thinks they lied about the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald to protect another white officer who shot the black teenager 16 times. That officer, meanwhile, will learn how long he may spend in prison. Officer Jason Van Dyke was...

Pennsylvania sued over limits on state coverage of abortion

Jan. 16, 2019 6:20 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The operators of 15 abortion clinics sued Pennsylvania on Wednesday in a bid to persuade state courts to reverse a decades-old decision upholding limits on the use of state Medicaid dollars to cover abortions. The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, seeks an order requiring the...

Robert Durst defense: Evidence could be 'game over' for heir

Jan. 16, 2019 5:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst is charged with one count of murder, but will have to defend himself in three killings at trial later this year in California. Los Angeles prosecutors won a victory Tuesday in persuading a judge to allow jurors to hear that Durst killed a man in...

ICC judges say Gbagbo should be released following acquittal

Jan. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Wednesday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010. Prosecutors have...

Ballistics tests prove Illinois man innocent in murder case

Jan. 16, 2019 4:31 PM EST

An Illinois judge acquitted a man of murder Wednesday, more than two decades after jurors convicted him by relying on ballistics that proved to be wrong. Supporters of 53-year-old Patrick Pursley clapped in a Winnebago County courtroom when Judge Joseph McGraw issued his ruling, saying prosecutors had scant...

Court rules against Pfizer in religious discrimination suit

Jan. 16, 2019 3:30 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman who said she was fired by a major pharmaceutical company because of her religious beliefs won a court victory Wednesday when a state appeals panel ruled that she didn't agree in an online form to waive her rights to sue. Amy Skuse said she was fired in 2017 because she refused...

San Francisco pier shooter seeks dismissal of gun charge

Jan. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican man who touched off a fierce immigration debate over his role in the shooting death of a woman walking on a San Francisco pier is seeking to overturn his felony gun possession conviction. It was the only charge he was found guilty of after a jury acquitted him of murder. Jose...

Serbia court acquits suspects in 2008 torching of US embassy

Jan. 16, 2019 12:51 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian appeals court has acquitted the suspects in the 2008 rioting and torching of the U.S. embassy in Belgrade after a rally against Kosovo's declaration of independence. The Appeals Court of Belgrade said Wednesday it has overturned suspended prison sentences for four suspects...

French court upholds prison sentence for Sarkozy former aide

Jan. 16, 2019 12:00 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French court of cassation has upheld a two-year jail sentence, including one suspended, against ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy's former aide for misappropriation of public funds. Claude Gueant had challenged a 2017 ruling that he misused money worth 210,000 euros from a secret police...

ICC judges confirm former Ivory Coast president and youth minister must be released following acquittal

Jan. 16, 2019 9:58 AM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — ICC judges confirm former Ivory Coast president and youth minister must be released following acquittal.