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Tennessee couple charged with stealing $1.7M from widow, 85

May. 13, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee exterminator who posed as the relative of an 85-year-old widow with dementia has been charged with defrauding the woman out of nearly $1.7 million, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday. Karl Hampton, 63, and his wife,...

Grand jury clears police in killing; family wants US probe

May. 12, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A grand jury has cleared officers who shot and killed a Black man last year, and his family’s attorney said he will request a federal investigation. A Lafayette Parish grand jury declined second-degree murder charges on Tuesday against Lafayette...

US looking at how to weed out extremists in law enforcement

May. 12, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has begun an internal review to determine how to remove any extremists from within federal law enforcement following the arrest of current and former police officers for their involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Attorney General Merrick...

The Latest: Hearing on Capitol riot wraps; little new info

May. 12, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional testimony about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A House hearing on the federal response to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has concluded after more than five hours of testimony that...

Men plead not guilty to hate crimes in Ahmaud Arbery death

May. 11, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Three Georgia men pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased and shot after being spotted running in the white defendants' neighborhood. Travis McMichael and his...

Inside Arizona's election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

May. 10, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — On the floor of Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where NBA stars like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan once dunked basketballs and Hulk Hogan wrestled King Kong Bundy, 46 tables are arrayed in neat rows, each with a Lazy Susan in the middle. Seated at the...

North Carolina tax preparer sentenced to prison for fraud

May. 10, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina tax preparer has been sentenced to 22 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS, according to federal prosecutors. A news release from the U.S. Department of Justice said Karen Marie Jones of Durham was...

Genetic testing offers hope for solving '05 Hartford killing

May. 09, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities are hoping to solve a 16-year-old Hartford cold case murder by using new genetic genealogy testing made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Edward Bell was shot multiple times on the night of May 6, 2005 and died...

Experts argue tribes should have jurisdiction over murders

May. 09, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — DIANE MEDICINE HORSE, AMY JOHNSON, JODY HOWARD, VALEN HOTOMANIE, HOWARD BURLISON, LEVI YELLOWMULE, ROBERT ALEXANDER, ROBERT STEWART, JAMES LIMBERHAND, FREDA KNOWSHISGUN, RICHARD ROASTING STICK, ASHLEY LORING, JASON AZURE, JERMAIN CHARLO, SHACAIAH HARDING, HUB...

With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities

May. 08, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days. In just over the past two weeks, it has opened investigations of police in Louisville, Kentucky, and Minneapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged four former...