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Cook County prosecutors announce charges in week's looting

Aug. 13, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County's state’s attorney’s office on Thursday announced 42 people have been charged with felonies in connection with the looting of stores along the city’s premier retail street that occurred earlier this week. Prosecutors said among the charges filed include one...

In this April 9, 2013, photo, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court speaks in Baton Rouge, La., to a joint session of the Legislature. An October 2020 parole hearing has been set for a Black man sentenced to life in prison after stealing hedge clippers in a 1997 burglary, a sentence Louisiana's Supreme Court upheld despite Johnson's insistence that the punishment was excessive and rooted in racist law. (Arthur D. Lauck/The Advocate via AP)

Possible shot at freedom for lifer who stole hedge clippers

Aug. 13, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An October parole hearing has been set for a Black man sentenced to life in prison after stealing hedge clippers in a 1997 burglary, a sentence Louisiana's Supreme Court upheld despite its chief justice's insistence that the punishment was excessive and rooted in racist law. In...

Woman injured in deadly 2017 highway shooting sues police

Aug. 13, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A woman seriously injured when police opened fire on a busy Rhode Island highway in 2017 after a high-speed chase in a search for a stolen police cruiser has sued the police. Attorneys for Christine Demers, who was a passenger in the car fired at by officers, said in the lawsuit...

Inmate found strangled with COVID-19 mask

Aug. 13, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A 32-year-old prison inmate in Connecticut has been found strangled with a mask issued to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Daniel Ocasio, of Windsor, died Wednesday morning after being discovered sitting on a bunk in his cell at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional...

Man arrested in mother's fatal beating in Cedar Rapids

Aug. 13, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Cedar Rapids man with first-degree murder and other counts in the fatal beating of his mother earlier this summer. George Alan Deason, 49, was arrested in July, shortly after his mother was found critically injured in her home by her daughter. Police...

Israel charges 5 border policemen with robbing Palestinians

Aug. 13, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday charged five members of its border security force with stealing from Palestinians who were crossing illegally into Israel from the West Bank. The officers were charged with armed robbery, assault causing harm and abuse of a defenseless person, among other crimes....

Officer's widower charged with fraud in benefits collection

Aug. 13, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The widower of a Philadelphia police officer who died while on duty has been charged with fraud after authorities say he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of workers compensation death benefits after he had remarried. The Philadelphia district attorney's office announced...

Mexico judge holds gang leader for trial for fuel theft

Aug. 12, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican court has ordered the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang held over for trial on organized crime charges. José Antonio Yépez Ortiz will be held in prison for at least two months at a maximum security prison just west of Mexico City until further hearings are held. ...

Tennessee state senator pleads not guilty to federal charges

Aug. 12, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for personal items and expenses. Democratic Sen. Katrina Robinson entered her plea Tuesday during an...

Man charged with sex assault of unconscious hospital patient

Aug. 12, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland hospital worker has been charged with sexually assaulting an unconscious patient. Easton police said Travis K. Brooks, 35, of Trappe, Maryland, was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, abuse of a vulnerable adult and...