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FILE - This Feb. 20, 2019, file photo shows a makeshift memorial with flowers and candles that has been set up at the front door of a home in Houston where a couple who lived there were killed during a Jan. 28, 2019, drug raid by Houston police. A second Houston police officer has been charged with murder and is among additional officers who have been indicted as part of an ongoing investigation into a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following the deadly 2019 drug raid, prosecutors announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano, File)

More Houston officers indicted in wake of deadly drug raid

Jan. 25, 2021 9:13 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A second Houston police officer has been charged with murder and is among additional officers who have been indicted as part of an ongoing investigation into a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid, prosecutors announced Monday. In all, a dozen officers...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Father Michael Pfleger speaks at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, in Chicago. In a letter written to the Saint Sabina community, Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, he has asked Pfleger to step aside from his ministry following receipt of a sexual abuse allegation of a minor by Pfleger more than 40 years earlier. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Brothers accuse prominent Chicago priest of sexual abuse

Jan. 25, 2021 7:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers in their 60s on Monday described years of sexual abuse by a firebrand activist priest who has gained fame speaking out on national politics from the pulpit and for taking on drug dealers in South Side neighborhoods around his Chicago church. The abuse began in the 1970s when...

In this photo released by the Colombian Migration Press Office, ex-paramilitary commander Hernan Giraldo Serna, center, is escorted upon arrival at the El Dorado airport after being deported from the U.S. to Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Giraldo, 74, was deported from the U.S. and immediately taken into custody by authorities in Colombia, where he is expected to serve time for crimes against humanity, including torture, displacement, sexual slavery and kidnapping, as well as drug trafficking. (Colombian Migration Press Office via AP)

Some Colombians fear ex-paramilitary leader deported from US

Jan. 25, 2021 7:05 PM EST

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — On the north coast of Colombia there is anxiety over the return to the South American country of one of the most feared former paramilitary commanders: Hernán Giraldo Serna. “El Patrón” (the boss) or “El Taladro” (the drill, as he became...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2011, file photo, Green River Killer Gary Ridgway listens during his arraignment on charges of murder in the 1982 death of Rebecca

Genetic genealogy helps ID victim of Green River Killer

Jan. 25, 2021 6:57 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Genetic genealogy helped identify the youngest known victim of one of the nation's most prolific serial killers almost 37 years after her remains were discovered near a baseball field south of Seattle. Wendy Stephens was 14 and had run away from her home in Denver before Gary Ridgway, the...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Elizabeth Jo Shirley. Shirley was sentenced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, to more than eight years in federal prison for unlawfully retaining a document containing national defense information and three years for committing international parental kidnapping. Prosecutors said that Shirley, who previously served in the Air Force, planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government.(West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

Woman sentenced in scheme to offer information to Russia

Jan. 25, 2021 6:03 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who once served in the Air Force was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison Monday for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, pleaded guilty last year as part...

Guatemalan families think massacre victims were migrants

Jan. 25, 2021 5:40 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Relatives of migrants from Guatemala said Monday they believe that 13 of the 19 charred corpses found in a northern Mexico border state could be their loved ones and the country's Foreign Ministry said it was collecting DNA samples from a dozen relatives to see if there was a match...

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, then-Aurora Police Department Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson speaks during a press conference in Aurora, Colo. Wilson, five of her police officers as well as the city of Aurora was sued Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, by the families of four Black girls who were mistakenly detained by the officers in the Denver suburb last year. After a video of the girls' detention spread online, Wilson apologized for how the officers treated them and said she was as angry as everyone else about it. (Philip B. Poston/The Aurora Sentinel via AP, File)

Black girls wrongly held at gunpoint in Colorado file suit

Jan. 25, 2021 4:59 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The families of four Black girls mistakenly detained by suburban Denver police at gunpoint last year after they were suspected of being in a stolen car sued police and the city of Aurora on Monday — claiming the officers' actions permanently traumatized them and are part of a pattern...

Hate crime charge added in attack on gay Louisiana teen

Jan. 25, 2021 3:48 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A hate crime charge has been added to attempted murder in the case of a gay Louisiana teenager who was attacked by another teen he met on a dating app last year. Police initially said the evidence did not support a hate crime in the attack on Holden White, who spent days in a coma and...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Green Beret, who died from non-combat related injuries in Mali in June 2017. Tony DeDolph, a U.S. Navy SEAL, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, for his role in the hazing-related death of Melgar.  (U.S. Army via AP, File)

Navy SEAL gets 10 years for his role in Green Beret's death

Jan. 25, 2021 1:18 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men served together in Africa. The SEAL's attorney said he plans to appeal the punishment. Tony DeDolph received the sentence Saturday from a jury of fellow...

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department work the scene Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 in Indianapolis where five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot to death early Sunday inside an Indianapolis home. Th pregnant woman who was taken to an area hospital, both she and the unborn child died despite life-saving efforts. (Justin L. Mack/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Teen held in Indiana killings of 5, including pregnant woman

Jan. 25, 2021 1:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police arrested a 17-year-old boy Monday in the killings of five people, including a pregnant woman, who were shot to death inside a home in what the city's mayor called a “devastating act of violence.” The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a...