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Recording details synagogue shooting suspect's 911 call

Sep. 19, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday played a 12-minute recording of a gunman calmly telling a 911 dispatcher that he had just fired an assault rifle inside a synagogue to save white people from Jews, describing terms for a peaceful surrender and scolding law enforcement for taking too much time to...

The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback

Sep. 19, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing over California's law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns (all times local): 2:40 p.m. California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is...

Washington state man convicted of murder after second trial

Sep. 19, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state jury has convicted a man of murder after his second trial in the case. The Everett Herald reports that 27-year-old Encarnacion Salas acknowledged stabbing 40-year-old Jesse Cardenas Lopez but said he was acting in self-defense in 2014. Court documents say Salas...

US mechanic convicted of lying to agents in terrorism probe

Sep. 19, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Connecticut automobile mechanic of lying to federal agents investigating his shipments of medical supplies to his native Pakistan. The jury in New Haven on Thursday found 61-year-old Fareed Ahmed Khan, of Manchester, guilty of making a false statement....

Jury awards $2.75M to family in Tucson hotel pool drowning

Sep. 19, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A jury has awarded $2.75 million in damages to the family of a Chinese woman who drowned in a Tucson hotel swimming pool more than two years ago. Witnesses say Mei Hu, a 35-year-old mother of two from Suzhou, drowned within minutes of getting into the pool in March 2017. Hu couldn't...

Kentucky court considers whether to raise death penalty age

Sep. 19, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a case Thursday revolving around whether the death penalty should apply to defendants who committed their crimes between the ages of 18 and 21. The case reached the high court after a lower court judge ruled that applying the death penalty to such...

Man gets 30 years for kidnapping woman missing since 2013

Sep. 19, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a South Carolina man to 30 years for kidnapping a woman he was having an affair with who hasn't been seen for nearly six years. A Horry County jury found Sidney Moorer guilty Wednesday. His wife, Tammy Moorer, began serving a 30-year sentence for kidnapping Heather...

Oklahoma woman's murder conviction in husband's death upheld

Sep. 19, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life without parole prison sentence of a woman convicted in the fatal shooting of her estranged husband. The court on Thursday rejected appeals by 30-year-old Jasmine Michelle Irvin, who was...

Judge cites doubts about jury in deciding to move trial

Sep. 19, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has decided that a man accused of killing two brothers in the Webster County city of Fort Dodge can't get a fair trial there, so he's moving the trial to Ames in Story County. The Messenger reports that Judge Kurt Stoebe ruled Tuesday that, after nearly two days of jury...

UK top court aims to rule next week on Parliament shutdown

Sep. 19, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by one of the country's former leaders of obstructing Parliament by shutting down the legislature for five weeks, as a landmark legal challenge to the suspension wrapped up Thursday at the U.K. Supreme Court. But a government lawyer warned the...