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NYPD commander who took Son of Sam's confession dies at 99

Sep. 20, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — John Keenan, the police official who led New York City's manhunt for the Son of Sam killer and eventually took a case-solving confession from David Berkowitz, has died. His death Thursday at age 99 was announced by the police department and Keenan's family. He had been in declining health...

Woman gets 20 years for role in Missouri officer's death

Sep. 20, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

CLINTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman will serve 20 years in prison for her role in the death of a Clinton police officer. KMBC-TV reports Tammy Widger was sentenced Friday to 20 years for second-degree murder in the March 2018 death of Officer Christopher Ryan Morton. Morton was killed when officers...

Prosecutors say key witness lied in motorcycle gang trial

Sep. 20, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge in Las Vegas to throw out the testimony of a key witness in a federal racketeering trial after they say he lied on the witness stand. The trial stems from a 2011 shootout that killed a rival Hells Angels leader in a northern Nevada casino. Prosecutors say...

Mumia case poised for new hearing, reopening widow's wounds

Sep. 20, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thirty years after her patrolman husband was killed in a traffic stop, Maureen Faulkner agreed to a 2011 deal that lifted the convicted killer's death sentence in hopes it would end his appeals and let his death row celebrity fade. Now, with the case revived again, she fears there's no...

Lawyers' group asks Supreme Court to review 'Serial' case

Sep. 20, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has asked the Supreme Court to review the case of a Maryland man convicted in a case chronicled on the podcast "Serial." News outlets report the group filed an amicus brief in the case of Adnan Syed. The brief says Syed was not given a...

4 deputies on leave, 2 recovering after Tennessee shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff says four deputies have been placed on administrative leave after the fatal shooting of a man wanted on an attempted murder warrant. Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said Friday that the deputies were working with a fugitive apprehension team when they went to a...

Judge orders trial in Southern California synagogue shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former college student will stand trial on charges he opened fire with an assault rifle inside a Southern California synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three people last April, a judge ruled Friday. John T. Earnest had no reaction when San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh...

Dive boat, Ghost Ship fires a lesson in proving negligence

Sep. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One was a ship in name only, an artist commune set up in an Oakland warehouse. The other was a bona fide boat afloat on the ocean off Santa Barbara. Both became fiery death traps for a combined 70 souls, two of the worst disasters in modern California history. Each has brought a search...

The Latest: Judge orders trial in synagogue shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a preliminary hearing for John T. Earnest, who is charged with an attack on a Southern California synagogue that killed one woman and injured three people. (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A judge has ordered a 20-year-old former college student to stand trial on charges that he...

Woman convicted in texting suicide case denied parole

Sep. 20, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts woman convicted of urging her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages has been denied early release. The state Parole Board announced Friday it rejected Michelle Carter's bid for release after serving about half her 15-month jail sentence. Carter appeared before the...