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Trump denigrates US diplomats, pushes conspiracy theories

Nov. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering his own take on five long days of public hearings, President Donald Trump brushed off the impeachment inquiry as “total nonsense” on Friday and bad-mouthed a number of the U.S. diplomats who testified to Congress about his Ukraine pressure campaign. In one breath,...

Maine man convicted of murder in shotgun killing of wife

Nov. 22, 2019 2:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors went to great lengths to show jurors what happened in the pre-dawn darkness when a man killed his wife with a shotgun blast, saying he thought she was an intruder. Jurors visited the home in Windham and saw the staircase where the shot was fired. Prosecutors even built a...

Alabama jury convicts officer of manslaughter in shooting

Nov. 22, 2019 2:26 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jury on Friday found a white police officer guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in 2016. Jurors returned the verdict against Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith on the lesser charge for the shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn,...

Fall 2020 trial set for woman accused of killing ex-senator

Nov. 22, 2019 1:55 PM EST

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — A judge has set a fall 2020 trial date for a woman charged with killing a former Arkansas state lawmaker who was found dead outside her home. Jonesboro television station KAIT report s that the judge on Friday scheduled Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell’s trial to begin Oct. 19....

Iowa Supreme Court says stand-your-ground law has limits

Nov. 22, 2019 1:12 PM EST

An Iowa law allowing people to use lethal force to defend themselves doesn’t apply to defendants who engaged in criminal activity prior to the perceived threat, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling reverses an Iowa Court of Appeals’ order in May issuing a new trial to Miguel Angel...

Correction: Official Arrested-Detroit story

Nov. 22, 2019 11:37 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — In a story Nov. 20 about the trial of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Controller Chelsa Wagner, The Associated Press mischaracterized the reason that staff at a Detroit hotel called the police on her husband. The staff called 911 to report that he had acted unruly during a dispute over...

Alaska woman charged with stealing gun at court accepts plea

Nov. 22, 2019 9:17 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman charged with the courthouse theft of a gun that was being used as evidence against her at trial has accepted a plea deal on the original charges against her but still faces prosecution in the theft case, court records said. Tiffany Flenaugh, 29, was on trial for...

Spain court seeks to try Assad’s uncle for money laundering

Nov. 22, 2019 7:33 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge is recommending that Syrian ex-Vice President Rifaat Assad, the exiled uncle of Bashar Assad, and 13 others be put on trial i on charges of criminal organization and money laundering. Judge José de la Mata alleges that Rifaat Assad and the others, including eight sons,...

Man found guilty of murdering British tourist in New Zealand

Nov. 22, 2019 1:44 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder in the death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane. Millane died last December on her birthday after meeting the man through the dating app Tinder, going out for drinks with him, and then returning to his...

More deliberations in shotgun killing trial in Maine

Nov. 22, 2019 1:16 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A jury is returning for more deliberations in the trial of a man in the shotgun death of his wife in Windham, Maine. Jurors deliberated for several hours Wednesday and then all day on Thursday in the trial of Noah Gaston. They were set to resume their deliberations Friday morning....