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Australian-Lebanese jailed on Sydney bomb plot set free

Sep. 20, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities have released a Lebanese-Australian man detained for more than two years over an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Sydney. Australian-Lebanese dual citizen Amer Khayyat was freed Friday after a military court found he was...

North Carolina woman found guilty in husband's 2017 death

Sep. 20, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A jury has found a North Carolina woman guilty in the 2017 shooting death of her husband. News outlets report jurors took 61 minutes on Thursday to return their verdict in the trial of Sharon Whitford. Whitford said she shot her husband in self-defense in Craven County in December...

Court: Jail's 3-book limit doesn't violate rights of inmates

Sep. 20, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has ruled the confiscation by Cook County Jail guards of over 30 books from an inmate didn't violate his free-speech rights. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez agreed the First Amendment protected the right to read, not only...

Recording details synagogue shooting suspect's 911 call

Sep. 19, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday played a 12-minute recording of a gunman calmly telling a 911 dispatcher that he had just fired an assault rifle inside a synagogue to save white people from Jews, describing terms for a peaceful surrender and scolding law enforcement for taking too much time to...

The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback

Sep. 19, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing over California's law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns (all times local): 2:40 p.m. California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is...

Washington state man convicted of murder after second trial

Sep. 19, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state jury has convicted a man of murder after his second trial in the case. The Everett Herald reports that 27-year-old Encarnacion Salas acknowledged stabbing 40-year-old Jesse Cardenas Lopez but said he was acting in self-defense in 2014. Court documents say Salas...

US mechanic convicted of lying to agents in terrorism probe

Sep. 19, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Connecticut automobile mechanic of lying to federal agents investigating his shipments of medical supplies to his native Pakistan. The jury in New Haven on Thursday found 61-year-old Fareed Ahmed Khan, of Manchester, guilty of making a false statement....

Jury awards $2.75M to family in Tucson hotel pool drowning

Sep. 19, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A jury has awarded $2.75 million in damages to the family of a Chinese woman who drowned in a Tucson hotel swimming pool more than two years ago. Witnesses say Mei Hu, a 35-year-old mother of two from Suzhou, drowned within minutes of getting into the pool in March 2017. Hu couldn't...

Kentucky court considers whether to raise death penalty age

Sep. 19, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a case Thursday revolving around whether the death penalty should apply to defendants who committed their crimes between the ages of 18 and 21. The case reached the high court after a lower court judge ruled that applying the death penalty to such...

Man gets 30 years for kidnapping woman missing since 2013

Sep. 19, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a South Carolina man to 30 years for kidnapping a woman he was having an affair with who hasn't been seen for nearly six years. A Horry County jury found Sidney Moorer guilty Wednesday. His wife, Tammy Moorer, began serving a 30-year sentence for kidnapping Heather...