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German suspect in McCann case faces new rape investigation

Sep. 22, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann faces another investigation over the alleged rape of an Irish woman in Portugal 16 years ago, German prosecutors said Tuesday. German authorities in June said they had identified the German man as a suspect in the case of...

Officials: Georgia deputies shoot, kill knife-wielding woman

Sep. 21, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities said a woman who was armed with a knife and a blow torch was fatally shot by deputies in Georgia after she charged at them with the knife. The shooting happened Monday morning after deputies arrived at a home in Athens for a domestic call, the Oconee County Georgia...

Feds indict Indian men whose cases led to sovereignty ruling

Sep. 21, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation convicted of murder in state court and another convicted of sexually assaulting a child in cases at the center of a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling on tribal sovereignty are now facing felony charges in federal court, U.S. Attorney Brian...

No charges against officers in custody death of Black man

Sep. 21, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor has declined to charge five North Carolina police officers accused of not giving immediate medical attention to a Black man who died after fatally ingesting drugs right before he was taken into custody. District Attorney Spencer Merriweather III said in a Monday report...

Police investigate double slaying in southern Kentucky

Sep. 21, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police were investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found at a residence in southern Kentucky. Kentucky State Police responded Sunday afternoon to the home in Tompkinsville after the bodies were found, a statement from the agency said. Both appeared to have been...

Nebraska man charged in protester’s death dies by suicide

Sep. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A white business owner charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during protests in Nebraska has died by suicide days after his indictment, his attorney said Sunday. Jacob Gardner, of Omaha, Nebraska, was found dead Sunday outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon,...

Crowd protests charges against Denver anti-racism leaders

Sep. 19, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — People gathered at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver on Saturday to protest the filing of felony charges against several leaders of racial justice demonstrations. Six protesters, including organizers of demonstrations over the killing of Black 23-year-old Elijah McClain in Aurora, could...

FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. The trial of the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd is expected to generate massive public interest when it begins in March. Supporters of audio and visual coverage of the trials say the high-profile nature of Floyd's death and recent courtroom restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic make this the right time to allow cameras in court.(Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Court weighs allowing courtroom cameras in George Floyd case

Sep. 19, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck. The judge overseeing the case has yet to decide whether...

FILE - This 2013 file photo released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office shows Lonnie Loren Kocontes. Kocontes, a former Southern California lawyer was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006. Lonnie Loren Kocontes was sentenced Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after being convicted in June of first-degree murder with a special circumstances enhancement of murder for financial gain.(Orange County District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Ex-California attorney sentenced for killing wife on cruise

Sep. 19, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California lawyer was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006. Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 62, of Safety Harbor, Florida, was convicted in June of...

4 Louisiana police officers charged in Black man's death

Sep. 18, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Four police officers in northwest Louisiana have been charged with negligent homicide and malfeasance in connection with the death last April of a 44-year-old Black man following a video-recorded altercation, a prosecutor's office announced Friday. The four Shreveport police officers...