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Missouri man charged with murder, arson in deadly house fire

Jan. 18, 2021 3:42 PM EST

WESTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been accused of setting a house fire that left a man dead, officials said Monday. Anthony Fleming, 24, of Weston, Missouri was charged with murder and arson related to the Sunday morning fire in the Kansas City suburb of Weston, according to a news release from Platte...

Woman found dead in car with unharmed infant in Missouri

Jan. 18, 2021 2:24 PM EST

A woman was found dead Monday in a parked car with an infant alongside her, authorities said. Police responding to a call about a “sudden death” about 7:30 a.m. found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound in a car at Spanish Lake in St. Louis County, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. She was...

FILE - In this March 12, 2018 file photo, youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. Bernice King is welcomed by Pope Francis on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican. Francis sent a message of prayer Monday to King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, with whom the pontiff met in 2018. He called for unity, not division and extinguishing hatred and “not holding onto it.” (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope says MLK's message of non-violent protest timely now

Jan. 18, 2021 2:20 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the commemoration of his birthday, saying his message of equality through peaceful means remains more timely than ever. Francis sent a message of prayer Monday to King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, with whom...

This Nov. 19, 2019 booking photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Phil Spector. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his

Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics

Jan. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector was viewed as a man with two distinct personas: The late music producer was regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll genius who elevated the genre with his “Wall of Sound” style in the 1960s and created hits for several big names from the Beatles to Tina...

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou welcomes Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou, left, at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Bekatorou has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou made the allegation Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 while speaking at an online event organized by the ministry of culture and sport. (Alkis Konstantinidis /Pool via AP)

Greek president backs Olympic champion after abuse claim

Jan. 18, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's first female president met Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou on Monday to express her support for the athlete who publicly claimed she had been sexually assaulted 22 years ago by a senior sports official. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, last week...

FILE - In this March 22, 2018, file photo, an honor guard member is covered by the flag of Saudi Arabia, in Washington. Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death in 2020, following changes halting executions for non-violent drug-related crimes, according to the government’s tally and independent observers. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Dramatic drop in Saudi executions after laws changed in 2020

Jan. 18, 2021 3:07 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, for years one of the world's most prolific executioners, dramatically reduced the number of people put to death last year, following changes halting executions for non-violent drug-related crimes, according to the government’s tally and independent...

FILE - In this May 29, 2009 file photo, music producer Phil Spector sits in a courtroom for his sentencing in Los Angeles. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who was later convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at age 81.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81

Jan. 17, 2021 10:46 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81. California state prison officials said he died Saturday of natural causes at a hospital. ...

Arrest made in connection with Kansas City homicide

Jan. 17, 2021 6:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 21-year-old Kansas City woman has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting that took place last week. The Jackson County prosecutor's office said Sunday that Tityana Coppage has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in Wednesday's shooting death...

Prosecutors: man raped woman at gunpoint, filmed encounter

Jan. 17, 2021 5:24 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint after meeting her online. The Jackson County prosecutor's office said Sunday that Jamen Jackson, 23, has been charged with sexual assault and possession of child pornography. According to court...

1 man killed, another wounded in rural Missouri shooting

Jan. 17, 2021 5:01 PM EST

PHELPS COUNTY, Mo. (AP) — One man was killed and another man wounded in a shooting in south-central Missouri over the weekend. The Phelps County Sheriff's Department said the shooting was reported around 11:30 p.m. Saturday at a home outside Doolittle, Missouri. Doolittle is a town of about 600 people...