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Mistrial in 2015 killing at Savannah State University

Jul. 20, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors were unable to agree on a verdict in the trial of a 25-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a Georgia college student during a 2015 fight in the school's student union. News outlets report that prosecutors say they will retry Justin Stephens in the death of Christopher Starks,...

Coal bankruptcy ruling could mean $30M hit to Wyoming county

Jul. 20, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming county could lose out on over $30 million in mineral production taxes owed by a bankrupt coal company following a decision by a judge. Delaware U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross ruled Campbell and Converse counties don't have first priority when it comes to collecting...

Jury: Mother should be executed for killing her 6-year-old

Jul. 20, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury has recommended that a woman should be executed for murdering her 6-year-old daughter while imposing a life term for slaying her father. A Polk County jury returned its decisions late Friday against 29-year-old Cheyanne Jessie for the 2015 deaths of her daughter...

Man gets 5 years for blackmailing woman out of $18,000

Jul. 20, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A man who swindled $18,000 out of a woman by making her so scared of a character he invented that she didn't want to talk about it in a room with windows has been ordered to serve five years in prison. Mike Phillips pleaded guilty to blackmail Tuesday in Orangeburg County. Phillips...

Jury returns a not guilty verdict in St. Louis death

Jul. 20, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the shooting death of a man during the taping of a rap video. The jury deliberated about 11 hours before returning the verdict Friday in the murder trial of 37-year-old Daniel Williams. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports it was...

Jury acquits officer of dereliction in 137-shots fired case

Jul. 20, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Cleveland police supervisor of dereliction of duty for her role in an extended chase that ended with two unarmed black people being killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. Cleveland.com reports an East Cleveland jury deliberated two hours Friday...

Federal judge upholds a Trump alternative to 'Obamacare'

Jul. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration's expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act's costlier comprehensive insurance. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the potential...

Panel orders federal judge to reconsider Trump appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court on Friday ordered a federal judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case that accuses President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...

US judge denies bail for ex-Peruvian president Toledo

Jul. 19, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday denied bail for former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo after prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk and pointed out officials found a suitcase with $40,000 in cash during his arrest. "If the defendant were to flee, this would be a diplomatically...

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...