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Alec Baldwin's criminal case was about ammunition at its shocking beginning and its sudden end

Jul. 14, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The criminal case against Alec Baldwin was about the handling of bullets from the beginning. And the handling of bullets brought it to an end. When cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed nearly three years ago on the New Mexico set of the film...

Inside the courtroom as case dismissed against Alec Baldwin in fatal shooting of cinematographer

Jul. 13, 2024 16:25 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A nearly three-year legal saga for Alec Baldwin in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer ended Friday without a verdict but with tears of relief for the actor and a small coterie of family who had settled into a somber daily routine on wooden benches inside a windowless...

Court voids last conviction of Kansas researcher in case that started as Chinese espionage probe

Jul. 13, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of a researcher who was accused of hiding work he did in China while employed at the University of Kansas. Feng “Franklin” Tao was convicted in April 2022 of three counts of wire fraud and one count of making a materially false...

Arrests, summonses of potential presidential candidates in Tunisia continue as election day nears

Jul. 13, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As elections approach in Tunisia, potential candidates are facing arrest or being summoned to appear in court as authorities clamp down on those planning to challenge President Kais Saied. On Friday, a judge in a Tunis court put a potential presidential...

A Pakistani court acquits ex-PM Khan but supporters' hopes of his release are dashed

Jul. 13, 2024 09:59 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court on Saturday overturned the convictions and seven-year sentences of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife, but officials quickly moved to prevent his release from prison. The acquittal in a case relating to the legality of the couple's 2018...

Alec Baldwin weeps in court as judge announces involuntary manslaughter case is dismissed midtrial

Jul. 12, 2024 22:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Friday brought a sudden and stunning end to the involuntary manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin, dismissing it in the middle of the actor's trial and saying it cannot be filed again. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer dismissed the case based...

Federal appeals court says there is no fundamental right to change one's sex on a birth certificate

Jul. 12, 2024 20:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled 2-1 on Friday that Tennessee does not unconstitutionally discriminate against transgender people by not allowing them to change the sex designation on their birth certificates. “There is no fundamental right to a birth...

Missouri execution plans move forward despite prosecutor trying to overturn murder conviction

Jul. 12, 2024 17:41 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday ruled that execution plans for Marcellus Williams will move forward, even as a prosecutor works to overturn his 1998 murder conviction. Judges on Friday decided against halting Williams’ execution despite a St....

Retired Massachusetts pediatrician pleads not guilty to abusing young patients

Jul. 12, 2024 17:38 PM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A retired pediatrician in Massachusetts pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he sexually abused at least 15 children who were his patients. Dr. Richard Kauff, who appeared in Plymouth Superior Court, is charged with 11 counts of rape of a child with...

Mother and son charged in grandmother's death at Virginia senior living facility

Jul. 12, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An Indiana woman held down her 81-year-old mother while her son used the strap of his bag to strangle his grandmother at a Virginia senior living facility, investigators allege in court documents. The documents state that Cleo Loizides was found unresponsive in...