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Man who tortured, drowned ex-roommate set to die Wednesday

Sep. 26, 2018 12:47 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who taunted a jury to sentence him to death is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel. Troy Clark was condemned for the May 1998 slaying of a former roommate,...

Defense enters 3rd day of testimony at cop's murder trial

Sep. 26, 2018 12:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald resumes with the defense presenting evidence for a third day. Jason Van Dyke's lawyers haven't said who will testify first Wednesday. The focus Tuesday was on an animated video...

The Latest: Cosby accusers say he got what he deserved

Sep. 25, 2018 11:46 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Bill Cosby's accusers say the comedian got what he deserved when a judge sentenced him to prison for sexual assault. Some of the women who allege Cosby drugged and raped them spoke out Tuesday after he was...

Illinois man pleads guilty to charges

Sep. 25, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An 18-year-old Illinois man facing conspiracy and weapons allegations has pleaded guilty to the charges. Ellis Mack of Clarence entered his plea Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats and violence and unlawful possession of a machine gun. U.S. Magistrate...

Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault

Sep. 25, 2018 11:00 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — At an age when other Hollywood stars are settling into retirement and collecting lifetime-achievement awards, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was led away to prison in handcuffs Tuesday, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars in what was seen by many of his accusers as a reckoning...

Quotes, reaction to Cosby's sentence of 3-10 years in prison

Sep. 25, 2018 10:54 PM EDT

Quotes from the hearing and reactions to Bill Cosby's sentence of three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a Temple University athletics administrator at his suburban Philadelphia home: ___ "Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and...

Chinese man accused of spying, helping recruit US engineers

Sep. 25, 2018 10:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chinese citizen living in Chicago was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying, including by helping with the recruitment of U.S. engineers, defense contractors and scientists for intelligence services in China, federal prosecutors said. Ji Chaoqun, 27, is charged with one count of knowingly...

Bankruptcy court OKs settlement for clergy sex abuse victims

Sep. 25, 2018 9:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has approved a reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that will compensate victims of clergy sex abuse. Judge Robert Kressel approved the $210 million settlement Tuesday. Hundreds of victims voted overwhelmingly in favor of the...

Arrested senator and Duterte critic: 'Democracy lost today'

Sep. 25, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress was arrested Tuesday after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow to democracy. Sen. Antonio...

Texas mom pleads guilty in deaths of 2 kids inside hot car

Sep. 25, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 20-year-old Texas mother whose two toddlers died after they were left for hours inside a hot vehicle has pleaded guilty. The Kerrville Daily Times reports Amanda Kristene Hawkins pleaded guilty Monday in Kerrville to two counts each of child abandonment child endangerment and...