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Sentencing set for man after guilty plea in family killings

Nov. 19, 2018 1:57 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man is set to be sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and their two young daughters and dumping their bodies on an oil work site. Christopher Watts pleaded guilty on Nov. 6 to three charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Shanann Watts, and...

Men convicted of Kansas bomb plot try to bar Somali videos

Nov. 19, 2018 12:37 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge is due to hear arguments about whether to allow victim impact statements from Somali immigrants at the sentencing hearing for three Kansas militia members convicted of plotting to bomb a mosque and an apartment complex where the immigrants live. The hearing is scheduled...

In defeat, Abrams emerges as leading voting-rights advocate

Nov. 19, 2018 12:14 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams broke the rules of politics until the very end. The Georgia Democrat who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America's first black female governor refused to follow the traditional script for defeated politicians who offer gracious congratulations to their victorious...

Hong Kong starts trial for 9 accused in 2014 Occupy protests

Nov. 18, 2018 10:45 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Three protest leaders and six others went on trial Monday for their involvement in the "Occupy Central" demonstration that paralyzed Hong Kong's financial district for more than two months in 2014. Fanned by more than 100 supporters, some holding the yellow umbrellas that came to symbolize...

As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

Nov. 18, 2018 10:06 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated this presidential battleground state, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday after a bruising recount left Nelson thousands...

Peru says ex-president has sought asylum in Uruguay

Nov. 18, 2018 6:39 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia has sought asylum in Uruguay's diplomatic mission hours after a judge retained his passport as part of a corruption probe. Peru's foreign ministry said Sunday it was informed by Uruguay's ambassador that Garcia entered his residence Saturday night....

Man who fled Texas during 2008 murder trial caught in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2018 4:30 PM EST

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A man who disappeared on the last day of his 2008 murder trial has been captured in Mexico and returned to Texas, authorities said. Hidalgo County prosecutors said in a news release Friday that 35-year-old Oscar Davila Rodriguez was returned to the U.S. Wednesday. The statement...

Ukraine ex-president Yanukovych to miss treason hearing

Nov. 18, 2018 7:50 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych won't be able to appear before a Kiev court on Monday because of injuries sustained on a Moscow tennis court, his lawyer said. Yanukovych "cannot appear in court seeing as he has been hospitalized" and is unable to move due to spinal and knee...

Rapid City priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

Nov. 17, 2018 6:48 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A priest who served in Rapid City, South Dakota has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a child. Thirty-eight-year-old John Praveen was charged last month with sexually touching a 13-year-old girl over her clothes. The Rapid City Journal reports he entered his plea Friday. Bond...

Man sentenced to 25 years in robbery heart attack death

Nov. 17, 2018 5:29 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man whose armed robbery of a Madison Culver's restaurant led to a bystander's fatal heart attack has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Nicholas Ivy and Xavier Fleming pleaded guilty in August to causing the death of 56-year-old Chris Kneubuehl, of Twin Lakes, during the robbery...