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Prosecutors must testify in lawsuit over freeway shootings

Aug. 15, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has decided prosecutors must testify after all at depositions in a false-arrest lawsuit by a landscaper once charged in some of the freeway shootings in metro Phoenix during the summer of 2015. Last week, Judge David Campbell ruled prosecutors didn't have to testify at depositions in...

Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Aug. 15, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks. But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take...

Dismissal of ex-inmate's suit over jail sex assault upheld

Aug. 15, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Phelps County and county law enforcement officials filed by a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a county jail guard in 2012. The woman says she was assaulted by former Phelps County jail guard Louis Campana...

Rape case dropped against Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis

Aug. 15, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in Atlanta are dismissing a rape case against Denver Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis over an alleged assault more than five years ago while he was at Georgia Tech. Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in a statement Wednesday that "after a careful...

Charges dismissed in 2003 slaying; man released from prison

Aug. 15, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man who spent about 15 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit was released Wednesday— on his birthday. A review determined that Aaron Salter's case was primarily based on mistaken identification and the charges against him have been dismissed, Wayne County Prosecutor...

Attorney weighs insanity defense in newspaper shooting

Aug. 15, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with killing five people at The Capital newsroom has asked a Maryland court for more time to consider an insanity defense for his client. William Davis, a public defender, asked the court to find "good cause" to grant an extension of time limitations for...

Man wounded in deputy's shooting wants autopsy records open

Aug. 15, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man critically wounded in a shooting that left a Colorado sheriff's deputy dead is opposing local officials' request to block public access to autopsy records in the case. Thomas Villanueva was paralyzed from the chest down after being caught in the gunfire outside a...

2 Kansas City men sentenced to life for kidnapping, murder

Aug. 15, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Kansas City men were sentenced to multiple life prison terms for the murder of another man. Twenty-seven-year-old Raynal King and 23-year-old Howard Ross III were sentenced Wednesday for the September 2016 carjacking, kidnapping and death of Jaime Patton. Federal prosecutors say...

A look at the handling of Pennsylvania clergy abuse claims

Aug. 15, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A grand jury report documenting seven decades of child sexual abuse by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania found that most of the bishops who served in the state during that period mishandled at least some of the allegations. In some cases, they failed to pass accusations...

Judge dismisses lawsuits filed by Duke lacrosse accuser

Aug. 15, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by the woman who gained attention for accusing a group of Duke University lacrosse players of raping her at a party. The Herald-Sun of Durham reports 40-year-old Crystal Mangum filed lawsuits against the Durham Police Department and...