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Montana man who shot exchange student asks for new trial

Jul. 18, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who was convicted of shooting a German exchange student to death in 2014 is seeking a new trial. The Missoulian reports that Markus Kaarma's new attorneys argued Thursday in district court that the lawyers in his 2015 trial for the killing of 17-year-old Diren Dede...

Chicago woman charged in daughter's alleged abuse death

Jul. 18, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has been charged with murder in the alleged abuse death of her young daughter. Cook County prosecutors allege that Kahoy Garcia-Velazquez killed 16-month-old Mila Anderson-Garcia at their home in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. A judge on Wednesday ordered the 21-year-old...

Priest's friends see 'lack of due process' for allegations

Jul. 13, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Dusza, Tony Stopka, Frank Wyland, Shari Stopka and Sam Piccioni grew up together, attended Bishop Carroll High School together, traveled together and shared life's joys and sorrows together. And now, the longtime friends are standing together as one of them faces a serious,...

A look at allegations over the years against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly has been dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct. Here is a look at some of the accusations against him: CHICAGO, AUGUST 1994: Kelly, then 27, wed...

Colorado abuse hotline emails went unchecked for 4 years

Jul. 12, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state email account that was created to report suspected child abuse and neglect went unchecked for over four years, and five possible cases that were undiscovered until May are now being investigated, officials said. Minna Castillo-Cohen, director of the Colorado Department of...

Asylum-seeker talks about daughter's death after US custody

Jul. 10, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Guatemalan mother seeking asylum told a House panel Wednesday that she came to the United States seeking safety, but instead watched her infant daughter die slowly and painfully after the baby received shoddy medical care while they were in immigration custody. As Yazmin Juárez...

Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax says eyewitness backs up his story

Jul. 10, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says there's a witness who can corroborate his story that he did not rape a woman while they were students at Duke University nearly 20 years ago. Fairfax lawyer Barry Pollack sent a letter Tuesday to a North Carolina prosecutor saying...

Brexit: Ex-PM vows legal action if UK Parliament suspended

Jul. 10, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former British prime minister threatened Wednesday to take Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson to court if he tries to suspend Parliament to deliver a U.K. departure from the European Union without a deal. John Major told the BBC it would be unacceptable and against...

Bill to make priests report abuse put on hold in California

Jul. 9, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would require California religious leaders to report their co-workers' confessions of child abuse or neglect has been put on hold amid opposition from the Catholic church. California law already requires clergy to report knowledge of child abuse and neglect. But they...

Pennsylvania orders stronger sex assault campus reporting

Jul. 8, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's colleges and universities have a year to develop online, anonymous reporting systems to receive complaints about sexual assault from students and employees. Gov. Tom Wolf, appearing with the law's backers in the It's On Us campaign, said Monday that the law he signed...