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FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before reporting to prison after his conviction on corruption charges. President Donald Trump is expected to commute the 14-year prison sentence of Blagojevich. The 63-year-old Democrat is expected to walk out of prison later Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Trump commutes former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich's sentence

Feb. 18, 2020 5:21 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted what he called the "ridiculous" 14-year prison sentence handed out to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for political corruption, clearing the way for his release after more than eight years behind bars. The Republican president said the...

Group urges court to overturn Harvard admissions case ruling

Feb. 18, 2020 5:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A group that opposes affirmative action urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to overturn a ruling that cleared Harvard University of discriminating against Asian American applicants. Students for Fair Admissions has accused the Ivy League college of deliberating holding down the number of...

Mucella Yapici, one of defendants, celebrates after a court acquitted nine leading Turkish civil society activists of terrorism-related charges related to anti-government protests, including an entrepreneur known for philanthropy who has been jailed for more than two years, in Silivri, outside Istanbul, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal

Feb. 18, 2020 4:57 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors detained a prominent philanthropist for alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt Tuesday night, just hours after a court acquitted him on terrorism-related charges and ordered his release from jail after 840 days. The Istanbul prosecutor's office said in a statement that it...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 12, 2014 file photo, a North Carolina State Trooper stands guard during the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, an appeals court ruled that a former Trooper Thomas Wetherington shouldn't have been fired for losing his hat in 2009 and lying about it in a case that's spanned a decade and multiple trips through the courts. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hat's off: Court reverses trooper firing over lost headgear

Feb. 18, 2020 4:12 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state trooper shouldn't have been fired for losing his hat and lying about it, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that's spanned a decade and multiple trips through the courts. The case of the lost hat began in 2009 when former Trooper Thomas Wetherington...

Buffalo man convicted of killing grandmother, grandson

Feb. 18, 2020 3:30 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 26-year-old man was found guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of assault Tuesday for fatally shooting a woman and her toddler grandson and wounding two men at a family gathering outside a Buffalo home. Kenyatta Austin was found guilty after a two-week non-jury trial in Erie...

Split verdict in ex-fraternity president sex assault cases

Feb. 18, 2020 1:51 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The former president of a Temple University fraternity has been convicted in an attempted sexual assault case but acquitted of sex assault charges in another case. Jurors convicted 23-year-old Ari Goldstein of attempted sexual assault and indecent assault of a woman who was a freshman...

Janet Uhlar sits for a photo at her dining room table with an arrangement of letters and pictures she received through her correspondence with imprisoned Boston organized crime boss James

After learning of Whitey Bulger LSD tests, juror has regrets

Feb. 18, 2020 1:33 PM EST

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — One of the jurors who convicted notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger says she regrets her decision after learning that he was an unwitting participant in a covert CIA experiment with LSD. Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019, file photo, Ashlei Blue, director of Spread The Vote North Carolina, speaks about the importance of everyone having an ID during an event at Fairfield Inn & Suites in Greenville, N.C. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state legislature. Among the big hurdles they’ll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation’s toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector via AP, File)

Courts make photo ID less likely in N Carolina 2020 voting

Feb. 18, 2020 1:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's newest voter photo identification law seems flawed by “discriminatory intent” and should have been blocked months ago, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday, creating another obstacle to implementing a requirement now demanded by the state constitution....

Judge says 17-year-old will be tried for murder as an adult

Feb. 18, 2020 12:40 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge says a 17-year-old charged with murder will stand trial as an adult. In a ruling issued Monday, the judge denied a defense request to transfer the case against Tyliek Smith from Superior Court to Family Court. Smith is charged with first-degree murder in the October...

Denmark: Woman convicted of welfare fraud gets 6.5 years

Feb. 18, 2020 12:32 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The main suspect in a Danish fraud case involving stolen welfare funds was convicted Tuesday and sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. A Copenhagen City Court judge found Britta Nielsen guilty of stealing nearly 117 million kroner ($17 million) from a Danish government welfare...