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Tactical edge will shift to GOP in Senate impeachment trial

Nov. 14, 2019 3:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been easy for majority Democrats to keep Republicans from shifting the focus of the House impeachment hearings. Yet GOP leverage to do just that will grow should the battle reach the Republican-run Senate. If the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, which seems...

Charlottesville suit seeks to link online talk to violence

Nov. 14, 2019 3:41 PM EST

The white nationalist rally that took a deadly turn in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer of 2017 shocked Americans with its front-row view of hatred on the rise. But weeks before the violence, organizers were making preparations for the gathering in a corner of the internet. Using a private server on a...

Officials seek faster trial for US teens in Rome cop slaying

Nov. 14, 2019 12:46 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The lawyer of one of the two young Americans jailed in Rome over the slaying of a Carabinieri police officer says prosecutors have requested a speedier trial for the two teenagers. Finnegan Lee Elder’s lawyer, Renato Borzone, said on Thursday that Rome prosecutors have requested an...

Charges against GOP operative Roger Stone now before jury

Nov. 14, 2019 11:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jurors began deliberations Thursday in the trial of Roger Stone, a veteran Republican political operative charged with lying to Congress and other charges stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, was indicted...

Pope taps fellow Jesuit as Vatican’s finance minister

Nov. 14, 2019 8:26 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican’s finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia. The appointment of the Rev....

Officer: Miranda failure for Iowa murder suspect a mistake

Nov. 13, 2019 10:38 PM EST

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A police officer who obtained a confession from a suspect in the disappearance and death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts said Wednesday that she made an honest mistake when she failed to read him his complete legal rights. Officer Pamela Romero testified that she tried...

Texas man accused of beheading roommate sentenced to death

Nov. 13, 2019 7:04 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas man was sentenced to death for the 2017 slayings of his roommate, who was beheaded, and the roommate’s 17-year-old girlfriend. A jury Wednesday sentenced Hector Acosta-Ojeda, who prosecutors said was a self-proclaimed hit man for a Mexican drug cartel. Acosta-Ojeda...

YouTuber accused of abusing kids for poor performance dies

Nov. 13, 2019 6:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman accused of abusing her adopted children who starred on her popular YouTube channel has died, authorities said Wednesday. Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said Machelle Hobson died Tuesday at a Phoenix-area hospital. Her death was ruled natural and there...

US government says Roger Stone 'undermined' Russia inquiry

Nov. 13, 2019 5:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican political operative Roger Stone undermined the effectiveness of the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by repeatedly and deliberately lying under oath to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign avoid embarrassment, prosecutors...

South Korean court begins trial over Japan's sexual slavery

Nov. 13, 2019 5:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Wednesday began hearing a long-awaited civil case filed against the Japanese government by South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels. The trial at the Seoul Central District Court proceeded with empty seats in the...