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SC may use firing squad as alternative death penalty method

Apr. 25, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would add firing squads to the state's existing execution methods. The House Criminal Laws subcommittee on Thursday approved a Senate proposal that also changes South Carolina's default execution method to the electric chair....

The Latest: Cyprus army officer says he killed 7

Apr. 25, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of Filipino women in Cyprus: (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Two law enforcement officials in Cyprus say a double-homicide suspect told investigators he killed seven people, five women and two girls. A police official said Thursday that the suspect, a...

Ex-officer who aided abduction of man found dead gets prison

Apr. 25, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts police officer whose badge, gun holster and handcuffs were used by two men who kidnapped another man later found dead has been sentenced to prison. Delivered Thursday, a judge stayed Michael Schoener's sentence of up to nine years pending appeal. Schoener was...

Veteran held on attempted murder counts after car hits crowd

Apr. 25, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — A former U.S. Army sharpshooter with a history of PTSD plowed his car at high speed into a group of pedestrians in a quiet Silicon Valley suburb, injuring eight people including three children, and then told authorities that he intentionally hit them but has not said why. Police in...

The Latest: Police: Boy killed days before reported missing

Apr. 25, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on death of the 5-year-old northern Illinois boy (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Police say an Illinois couple who reported their 5-year-old son missing last week killed him days earlier by beating him and forcing him to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of...

Cyprus police link slaying suspect to 3rd missing woman

Apr. 25, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A police investigation into the slayings of two Filipino women whose bodies were found in an abandoned mineshaft in Cyprus widened Thursday after investigators connected a military officer detained as a suspect to a third woman from the Philippines who vanished 16 months ago....

Juror's job interview means late start at ex-cop's trial

Apr. 25, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman took a brief pause as the judge sought to help out an unemployed juror. Hennepin County Judge Kathryn Quaintance scheduled court to start two hours late on Thursday in the trial of Mohamed...

Thousands mourn Bosnian government critic slain in ambush

Apr. 25, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Sobbing with grief, thousands of Bosnians attended the funeral Thursday of a prominent Bosnia Serb businessman and government critic who was gunned down earlier this week in a mafia-style ambush. Slavisa Krunic, who owned several businesses including a private security...

Autopsy, court hearing set in case of missing Illinois boy

Apr. 25, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois couple is due in court on charges accusing them in the death of their 5-year-old son after a body believed to be his was found wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave. McHenry County sheriff's records show 36-year-old JoAnn Cunningham and 60-year-old Andrew...

The Latest: Texas executes man for 1998 dragging death

Apr. 25, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a man who orchestrated the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. nearly 21 years ago in Texas. (all times local): 7:20 p.m. An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history has been executed in Texas for the dragging...