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Illinois judge who reversed rape conviction removed from bench after panel finds he circumvented law

Feb. 24, 2024 14:00 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge who sparked outrage by reversing a man’s rape conviction involving a 16-year-old girl has been removed from the bench after a judicial oversight body found he circumvented the law and engaged in misconduct. The Illinois Courts Commission removed...

Man guilty in Black transgender woman's killing in 1st federal hate crime trial over gender identity

Feb. 24, 2024 12:49 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man was found guilty Friday of killing a Black transgender woman after the exposure of their secret sexual relationship in the nation’s first federal trial over a hate crime based on gender identity. After deliberating for roughly four...

New Jersey man acquitted in retrial in 2014 beating death of college student from Tennessee

Feb. 24, 2024 11:21 AM EST

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been acquitted in a retrial in the beating death of a college student from Tennessee a decade ago. Jurors in Middlesex County deliberated for five hours before acquitting Timothy Puskas of all charges Wednesday in the 2014 death of...

Today in History: February 24, Soviet sub torpedoes ship, kills nearly 800 Jewish refugees

Feb. 24, 2024 00:08 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2024. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1942, the SS Struma, a charter ship attempting to carry nearly 800 Jewish refugees from Romania to...

Former NRA chief Wayne LaPierre misspent gun rights group's money, owes more than $4M, jury finds

Feb. 23, 2024 21:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, misspent millions of dollars of the organization’s money, using the funds to pay for an extravagant lifestyle that included exotic getaways and trips on private planes and superyachts, a New York jury...

Trump's lawyers call for dismissal of classified documents case, citing presidential immunity

Feb. 23, 2024 19:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump urged a Florida judge to dismiss the criminal case charging him with illegally retaining classified documents, claiming in part that presidential immunity protects him from prosecution even as that sweeping argument has so far in failed in federal...

US appeals court panel declines to delay execution of one of longest-serving death row inmates

Feb. 23, 2024 19:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel on Friday declined to delay Idaho's scheduled execution next week of one of the nation's longest-serving death row inmates. Thomas Creech was sentenced to death in 1983 for killing a fellow prison inmate, David Jensen, with a...

Man charged with killing Indianapolis police officer found guilty but mentally ill

Feb. 23, 2024 19:39 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged with killing an Indianapolis police officer was found guilty but mentally ill Friday. Elliahs Dorsey, 31, of Indianapolis, was convicted of killing Metropolitan Police Department Officer Breann Leath in 2020 while she responded to a domestic...

NCAA president says Congress must act to preserve sports at colleges that can't pay athletes

Feb. 23, 2024 19:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — NCAA President Charlie Baker said Friday that action by Congress was needed to protect what he described as the “95 percent” of athletes whose ability to play college sports would be endangered by a court ruling or regulatory decision declaring them as employees of their...

Trump's lawyers seek to suspend $83M defamation verdict, citing 'strong probability' it won't stand

Feb. 23, 2024 19:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s lawyers asked a New York judge Friday to suspend an $83.3 million defamation verdict against the former president, saying there was a “strong probability” that it would be reduced on appeal, if not eliminated. The lawyers made the request in...