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Ex-sheriff gets 6 years in prison over drug dealer bribes

Apr. 18, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi sheriff who admitted to extorting bribes from a drug dealer was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills also ordered former Tallahatchie County Sheriff William Brewer to forfeit $42,000 and serve three years of supervised...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

Apr. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation. Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of...

New trial ordered for Arkansas man convicted in son's death

Apr. 18, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday for a death row inmate who was convicted in the killing of his 6-year-old son, whom investigators say died from an infection caused by the father sexually assaulting him with a stick. Justices overturned the 2016 capital...

Judge scales back Weinstein suit, allows sex-traffic claim

Apr. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday, as he dramatically shrank the scope of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization. U.S....

Brazil farmer arrested again in American missionary's murder

Apr. 18, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Brazil have again arrested a farmer convicted of ordering the 2005 assassination of American missionary Dorothy Stang. Regivaldo Pereira Galvão was detained this week after Brazil's supreme court overruled a May 2018 injunction that had blocked him from serving his...

Nigeria tribunal bans high court's chief justice from office

Apr. 18, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A tribunal in Nigeria has ordered the country's chief justice removed from the bench and banned him from holding public office for 10 years. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen already had been suspended from the Supreme Court. Prosecutors charged him in January with failing to obey laws...

Canadian sentenced to life in prison for US airport attack

Apr. 18, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan police officer while yelling "God is great" in Arabic was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after boldly declaring that he only regretted not having a machine gun during the knife attack. Amor Ftouhi's statements...

Thousands protest in Sudan capital, demand civilian rule

Apr. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters converged on the main sit-in in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Thursday to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the transition of power to a civilian government as the new rulers announced the arrests of former president Omar...

Mississippi officials defend 'heartbeat' abortion law

Apr. 18, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The office of Mississippi's Democratic attorney general filed papers this week defending a law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. It's one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed...

Appeals court weighs Trump permit for Keystone XL pipeline

Apr. 18, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Justice Department attorneys want an appeals court to let construction proceed on the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. But opponents say President Donald Trump is trying to skirt the law by issuing a new permit for the project. The Trump administration has asked the 9th...