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Blind Tennessee inmate faces execution for woman's killing

Dec. 5, 2019 7:40 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is set to carry out what is expected to be only the second execution of a blind prisoner in the United States since the nation reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The 53-year-old inmate, Lee Hall, was scheduled to die in the electric chair Thursday evening for his...

US persuades judge to stop pro-Trump border wall group

Dec. 5, 2019 7:29 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government persuaded a federal judge to prevent a private fundraising group from building its own wall next to the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico, despite the group's longstanding claim that it is supporting President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane's...

Judge: Turkish bank can't deny knowledge of criminal charges

Dec. 5, 2019 7:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge cited “extraordinary” and “remarkable” meetings two years ago involving top U.S. and Turkey political figures to intervene in a New York prosecution Thursday as he rejected efforts by a state-owned bank in Turkey to now feign ignorance of criminal charges...

Doctor among painkiller's top dispensers is convicted

Dec. 5, 2019 6:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York doctor described as one of the nation's top dispensers of a highly addictive painkiller 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine was convicted Thursday of accepting over $300,000 in bribes disguised as speaker fees to write prescriptions. Gordon Freedman, 59, of Mount Kisco, was...

Amazon blaming Trump over Pentagon contract loss, judge says

Dec. 5, 2019 6:31 PM EST

Amazon is arguing in a court case that President Donald Trump's bias against the company harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract. Amazon's legal complaint against the Pentagon is sealed. A federal judge summarized its arguments in comments released Thursday. The Pentagon awarded the cloud...

Articles of impeachment: Explaining what's next in the House

Dec. 5, 2019 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats will draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, a crucial step toward a vote of the full House. The articles are likely to mostly encompass Democrats' findings on Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Democrats are still...

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

Dec. 5, 2019 4:27 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates used pieces of shirts or bedsheets to hide their faces. What happened at the jail on that Friday afternoon in May...

Georgia high court justice announces plan to resign in March

Dec. 5, 2019 4:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Supreme Court justice has announced that he plans to resign before the end of his term. The court released a statement Thursday saying Justice Robert Benham plans to leave the bench March 1. That's before his current term ends a year from now. In the statement, Benham noted that...

Feds: Over 60 Latin Kings members arrested along East Coast

Dec. 5, 2019 3:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — More than 60 members of the Latin Kings have been arrested on federal racketeering, drug and firearms charges, including the leaders of the street gang’s East Coast operations, authorities announced Thursday. Among those arrested is Michael Cecchetelli, a 40-year-old Springfield,...

US Attorney Lydon approved to be federal judge in SC

Dec. 5, 2019 3:42 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon to be a federal judge in South Carolina. Lydon was named to her new post in a 76-13 vote. She was nominated in September to become a U.S. District Court judge by President Donald Trump. Lydon. 57, has been the top...