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Trump policy of sending asylum seekers to Mexico faces judge

Mar. 22, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge in San Francisco will scrutinize the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico during a court hearing Friday to help him decide whether to block the practice. Civil rights groups have asked Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco to put the asylum...

Defense expert says cop went by the book in teen's shooting

Mar. 22, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld did everything by the book in his fatal encounter with an unarmed black teenager outside Pittsburgh last summer, a defense expert says. Testifying at Rosfeld's homicide trial, retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Clifford W. Jobe Jr....

R Kelly defense emerges, including saying accusers are lying

Mar. 22, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly yelled through tears in a recent TV interview before an audience numbering in the millions, saying he's in a fight for his life to disprove sexual abuse charges. That fight will ultimately be waged in court, with an audience numbering just 12 jurors. While the day lawyers deliver...

Today in History

Mar. 22, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2019. There are 284 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year...

Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

Mar. 21, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A white former police officer said Thursday he thought a weapon was pointed at him when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager outside Pittsburgh last summer. Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld took the stand at his homicide trial and insisted he was in fear for...

Energy secretary may speed plutonium removal from Nevada

Mar. 21, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says Energy Secretary Rick Perry has committed to expediting the removal of weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped to a site in Nevada last year if she agrees to stop blocking appointments to vacant positions in his department. But it's not clear...

The Latest: Jurors find man guilty in teacher's death

Mar. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man accused in teacher's death (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A jury has convicted a Georgia man of concealing the death of a teacher whose slaying remained a mystery for more than a decade after her body was burned to ash and bone fragments in a rural pecan...

Jury convicts Georgia man for role in teacher's 2005 slaying

Mar. 21, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A jury on Thursday convicted a Georgia man of concealing the death of a teacher whose slaying remained a mystery for more than a decade after her body was burned to ash and bone fragments in a rural pecan orchard. Bo Dukes was the first of two suspects to stand trial in the 2005 death...

35 years in prison: Man exonerated in rape case and freed

Mar. 21, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man convicted of a 1982 rape in Louisiana's capital city walked free Thursday after 35 years in prison, following his exoneration using an updated fingerprint database. The Innocence Project, which works to free wrongly convicted defendants, said Archie Williams was freed after...

Jury finds man guilty of dismembering father, not murder

Mar. 21, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been acquitted of killing his father but convicted of dismembering the body. The Palm Beach Post reports that jurors found 50-year-old James "Jimmy" Scandirito II guilty Thursday of abuse of a corpse and not guilty of first-degree murder. Sentencing is...