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Former Chicago police commander linked to torture dead at 70

Sep. 19, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who was accused of torturing suspects in his South Side police district but was never prosecuted for the alleged crimes, has died, a Florida funeral home confirmed Wednesday. He was 70. Burge led a "midnight crew" of rogue detectives accused of...

Amnesty decries Houthi prosecution of Bahais in Yemen

Sep. 18, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Tuesday decried the prosecution of 24 Yemeni Bahais, including women and a teenager, by a Houthi rebel court on espionage charges. Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International's Middle East director of research, said the group fears the Bahais could receive the death...

Death sentence for ex-doctor who killed 4 people in Nebraska

Sep. 14, 2018 8:59 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former doctor was sentenced to death on Friday for the revenge killings of four people connected to a Nebraska medical school, including the 11-year-old son of a physician who helped fire the man from a residency program nearly two decades ago. Anthony Garcia, 45, of Indiana entered...

The Latest: Garcia's family members say they're in shock

Sep. 14, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former doctor convicted of killing four people connected to a Nebraska medical school (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Relatives of a former doctor sentenced to death for the killings of four people tied to a Nebraska medical school say they still have a...

Nevada prisons drug buyer knew firms opposed execution use

Sep. 12, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's prisons pharmacy chief testified Wednesday that she obtained drugs for the lethal injection of a convicted killer despite knowing that drug manufacturers didn't want their products used for executions. Department of Corrections Pharmacy Director Linda Fox said during questioning...

Rights groups blast 75 death sentences by Egyptian court

Sep. 11, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Nearly a dozen rights groups on Tuesday condemned the passing of death sentences by an Egyptian court against 75 people, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, as the government of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi dueled with the U.N. and EU over the...

Arkansas court hears 2 death row inmates' appeals

Sep. 6, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Attorneys for two death row inmates who were spared from execution last year asked Arkansas' highest court on Thursday to strike down a law that gives the state's prison director authority to determine whether they're mentally competent to be put to death. The Arkansas Supreme...

The Latest: DeSantis' pick explains past Trump criticism

Sep. 6, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis' and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's picks as running mates (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The running mate for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis says her past criticism of President Trump occurred during the presidential race...

Court won't revive judge's lawsuit over execution protest

Aug. 29, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Wednesday that it won't revive an Arkansas judge's lawsuit challenging his disqualification from execution cases for participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a...

Lethal injection or gas? Alabama's death row gets to choose

Aug. 25, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some say inhaling nitrogen gas would be like dying on a plane that depressurizes in flight, swiftly killing all aboard. Now more than a quarter of Alabama's death row inmates have signed statements saying they would prefer that gas over lethal injection or the electric chair when...