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First trial linked to Ohio family slayings set to start

Nov. 17, 2019 11:56 AM EST

More than three years after authorities discovered the grisly slayings of eight family members at four separate homes in southern Ohio, the first trial connected to the investigation is set to begin. Rita Newcomb isn’t charged with any of the Rhoden family slayings but instead is accused of forgery,...

Ousted ambassador says she felt intimidated by Trump attacks

Nov. 16, 2019 12:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In chilling detail, ousted U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning that President Donald Trump had promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.”...

US: Detective broke ranks, helped expose brutality cover up

Nov. 14, 2019 9:14 PM EST

For more than a year after a Long Island police chief slugged a handcuffed man who stole sex toys and other items from his department SUV, federal investigators found themselves up against a blue wall of silence - unable to get anyone beside the victim to say what happened. Then, a detective who was in the room...

3 prison guards indicted on malfeasance after inmate’s death

Nov. 14, 2019 3:05 PM EST

ANGIE, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say three prison guards were fired and accused of excessive force and failing to prevent an inmate’s death. The Advocate reports B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn correction officers Capt. Brink Hillman, Sgt. John Crain and Sgt. Gary King were indicted on...

Debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is knocked down - again

Nov. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EST

A discredited conspiracy theory that blames Ukraine, and not Russia, for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election reared its head again during the first day of public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine into investigating a political opponent....

Powerful ex-prosecutor on trial for police beating cover-up

Nov. 12, 2019 8:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful former prosecutor in the New York suburbs is going on trial this week for allegedly helping cover for a former protege who, as police chief, punched a handcuffed man suspected of stealing embarrassing items from his police department SUV, including sex toys and pornography....

Louisiana sheriff's deputy arrested as part of probe

Nov. 7, 2019 6:27 PM EST

FRANKLIN, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff's deputy is in custody following his arrest as part of an attempted murder investigation. WAFB-TV reports 20-year-old Treyvon Burrell was arrested Thursday on two counts — being principal to attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. St. Mary...

Suspect in Iowa man's stabbing death is charged with murder

Oct. 31, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man who has long been suspected of involvement in the death of an Iowa man who disappeared last year has been charged with murder, obstruction of justice and abusing a corpse. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner announced Thursday that a grand jury hearing evidence in the death of...

Ex-cop accused in Laquan McDonald cover-up gets record wiped

Oct. 24, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective who was acquitted of a cover-up in the 2014 fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old will have the accusation expunged from his record. Cook County Circuit Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. on Thursday approved the petition filed by David March to expunge the conspiracy,...

Indicted WVa county magistrate stepping down

Oct. 24, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county magistrate is resigning five months after he was indicted on federal charges. The state Supreme Court says in a news release that Gilmer County Magistrate Alton Skinner II will step down Friday. Skinner and Lewis County Magistrate Roger D. Clem Jr. were...