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Defense in murder case can obtain private social media posts

Jul. 19, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has effectively ruled that the defense in a gang-related murder trial can obtain private postings from social media companies. The court on Wednesday lifted a stay of a ruling by the judge overseeing the San Francisco trial and noted that the judge's...

The Latest: Facebook mulls response to private posts ruling

Jul. 19, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a California Supreme Court ruling on defense lawyer access to private social media postings (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Facebook says it's deciding how to respond to a California Supreme Court ruling that says defense lawyers in a gang-related murder trial can obtain...

First week over in North Carolina gerrymandering trial

Jul. 19, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Challengers of North Carolina legislative districts say the computer files of a deceased Republican mapmaker show how GOP legislators approved boundary lines with illegal political bias. The partisan gerrymandering trial's first week in state court is complete. Democrats and the group...

Slim chance of ever finding Chinese scholar's body

Jul. 19, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Illinois have suggested that the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors after her killer was sentenced to life in prison this week that the search will continue. Brendt Christensen, a former doctoral student in...

Correction: El Salvador-Massacre story

Jul. 19, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a story July 18 about new charges related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two military officers were killed in 1984 when the helicopter in which they were flying was fired on by guerrillas. It was blown up by...

Indian gets 10 years in prison in death of British teenager

Jul. 19, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Friday sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for the drugging and killing of a 15-year-old British girl whose body was found on a Goa beach in 2008. Mumbai High Court Justices R D Dhanuka and Prithviraj Chavan handed Samson D'Souza the sentence for culpable homicide two...

Trial of ex-Flynn business partner allowed to go forward

Jul. 18, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge is allowing the trial of a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to go forward even though he says the evidence is weak. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the trial of Bijan Kian . He is accused of failing to register as a Turkish...

Morocco: 3 sentenced to death in Scandinavian women slayings

Jul. 18, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — Three men were convicted of terrorism and sentenced to death by a Moroccan court Thursday for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hiking in the Atlas Mountains. A fourth suspect who fled the scene was given life in prison. After several hours of deliberation, the court handed...

Court upholds 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's conviction

Jul. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld the securities fraud conviction against former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli, known as "Pharma Bro," on Thursday, along with a $7.3 million forfeiture of assets. A judge sentenced Shkreli to seven years in prison last year for his conviction on charges he...

Correction: Norway-Italy-Radical Cleric story

Jul. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a story on July 16 about a Muslim cleric found guilty in Italy of planning terror, The Associated Press misidentified the lawyer of Mullah Krekar. His lawyer is Enrica Franzini, not Marco Vernillo. Vernillo represents another client in the case, but not Mullah Krekar. A...