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Sailor acquitted of setting fire that destroyed massive ship

Sep. 30, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A military judge on Friday acquitted a sailor of arson in a fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, a blow to the Navy as it faces allegations of improper training and maintenance of the $1.2 billion amphibious assault ship. Ryan Sawyer Mays, 21, deeply...

Pakistani court acquits ex-PM's daughter in corruption case

Sep. 29, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court in Pakistan's capital city on Thursday acquitted the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after she was sentenced to seven years in prison over charges connected with the purchase of luxury apartments in London. Maryam Nawaz, the vice president of...

Former student convicted of spying for Chinese government

Sep. 27, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former graduate student has been convicted of spying for the Chinese government by gathering information on scientists and engineers in the U.S. who had knowledge about aerospace technology and other technology. A federal jury in Chicago convicted Ji Chaoqun, 31,...

Man retried for sex crime found guilty, gets longer sentence

Sep. 26, 2022 21:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man retried on a sexual assault charge has been found guilty and was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, about 45 years after he was acquitted of raping his then-wife in a trial that garnered national attention. In 2017, John Rideout was found...

Ex-cop acquitted of murder in shooting in small Texas town

Sep. 22, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former police officer in a small Texas town was found not guilty of murder Thursday in the slaying of a Black man who offered a handshake as the officer arrived to respond to a call about a fight at a convenience store. The Hunt County jury deliberated...

EXPLAINER: R. Kelly acquitted on rigging trial. Why?

Sep. 15, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors this week scored multiple convictions against R. Kelly at the singer’s trial in Chicago, but they lost on the headline charge — that Kelly obstructed justice by rigging his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted him. ...

Missouri woman acquitted of killing daughter to be free soon

Sep. 15, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who was acquitted in July of killing her teenage daughter but convicted of abandoning the girl's corpse was sentenced Thursday but will be released from prison soon. Rebecca Ruud was acquitted in the death of 16-year-old Savannah Leckie, who...

R. Kelly convicted of child porn, enticing girls for sex

Sep. 15, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury in Chicago convicted R. Kelly on Wednesday of producing child pornography and enticing girls for sex after a monthlong trial in his hometown, delivering another legal blow to the Grammy Award winning singer who was once one of the world’s biggest R&B stars. ...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex offender

Sep. 14, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

R&B superstar R. Kelly’s musical accomplishments have long been shadowed by allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the singer has been found guilty in his hometown of Chicago on child pornography charges, but acquitted of a conspiracy to obstruct justice charge accusing...

Federal jury in Chicago convicts R. Kelly on multiple counts, but acquits him of fixing his 2008 child pornography trial

Sep. 14, 2022 17:39 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal jury in Chicago convicts R. Kelly on multiple counts, but acquits him of fixing his 2008 child pornography trial.