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DA dismisses murder charge in 1979 killing

Dec. 10, 2019 6:08 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a murder charge against a man who has already spent more than 35 years in prison. The murder charge against Gary Cifizzari was dropped “in the interest of justice" after the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. received the...

House votes, Senate trial: What's next in impeachment

Dec. 10, 2019 5:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on two articles of impeachment by the end of the week, sending them to the House floor for a vote by Christmas. Next would come a Senate trial, likely in 2020. What's next in impeachment: HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOTE The House...

Missouri Supreme Court denies death row inmate's appeal

Dec. 10, 2019 5:04 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges have denied a death row inmate's appeal. David Hosier was sentenced to death for killing Angela Gilpin in 2009. The 64-year-old had a relationship with Gilpin while she was separated from her husband, who also was shot to death in her Jefferson City...

Bill Cosby sex assault verdict upheld; spokesman lashes out

Dec. 10, 2019 4:35 PM EST

Bill Cosby lost his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction Tuesday, as an appeals court upheld the verdict in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. In its ruling, the Superior Court affirmed the right of prosecutors to call other accusers to bolster their case — the same issue fought over in...

Judge to consider delaying trial start in Parkland massacre

Dec. 10, 2019 4:26 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The judge overseeing the case of Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz said Tuesday she will consider a defense request to delay the start of trial beyond late January. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer set a Dec. 19 date for arguments on the motion by defense...

Wyoming teen to be tried as an adult in planned shooting

Dec. 10, 2019 3:09 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming judge has ruled that a teenager should be tried as an adult after he was accused of bringing two guns to his junior high school in Gillette last year with plans to shoot nine people. The boy, who was 14 at the time of his arrest in November 2018, has been charged with nine...

Judge sets March trial date in mall kidnapping

Dec. 10, 2019 2:43 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged with kidnapping a woman and her child from a mall in New Hampshire and then bringing her to Vermont is scheduled to go on trial in federal court in March, a judge ruled Tuesday. Court records indicate that jury selection in the trial of Everett Simpson is...

Ex-lawmaker's family confident in case despite recusals

Dec. 10, 2019 1:22 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The family of a former Arkansas lawmaker found dead outside her home said Monday they're confident in the case against the woman accused of killing her, despite the prosecutor and judge being replaced. The prosecutor handling the case against Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, who is charged ...

Sister of Portland man charged with murder testifies

Dec. 10, 2019 12:31 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sister of a white man on trial in the shooting death of her Somali Muslim boyfriend testified her brother had a history of making racist comments. Chelsey Cardilli was the first witness to testify in the trial of Mark Cardilli Jr. on Monday, the Portland Press Herald reports. He...

China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians

Dec. 10, 2019 4:16 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges in what is widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying...