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Woman accused of keeping remains in freezer heading to trial

Jul. 8, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman is heading to trial on charges that she kept her maternal grandmother’s remains in a freezer for a decade and a half and continued to receive the dead woman’s Social Security checks for a portion of that time. Cynthia Black, 61, agreed Monday to allow a...

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, right, walks out of the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on Monday afternoon June 20, 2020, in Minneapolis with his attorney, Earl Gray, after a hearing. Lane is one of four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Transcripts of police videos reveal Floyd's final moments

Jul. 8, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn't breathe about 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd's neck dismissed his pleas, saying “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk," according to transcripts of body...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference at her office in New York. New York's attorney general on Thursday, June 18, 2020, blasted the New York City Police Department and the mayor for ignoring repeated invitations to testify at a hearing on allegations that officers used excessive force to quell unrest and enforce a citywide curfew in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIle)

New oversight committee would restore faith in NYPD, AG says

Jul. 8, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James proposed sweeping changes Wednesday to boost oversight of the New York City Police Department, including forming an independent commission that would approve the department's budget and have the final say on officer discipline. “The police...

Federal inquiry sought into 'corrupt' La. police agencies

Jul. 8, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

A nonprofit that advocates for criminal justice reform asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to open a civil rights investigation into law enforcement in southwestern Louisiana, citing a long history of misconduct. The Promise of Justice Initiative called a federal inquiry “the only pathway to...

2 lawsuits filed over coronavirus orders in Kentucky

Jul. 8, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two separate lawsuits naming Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear have been filed that seek rulings over orders made in the state during the coronavirus pandemic. One lawsuit was filed in state court Tuesday in an effort to force Kentucky to continue offering vote-by-mail to all eligible voters...

Former detention officers, nurse charged in suspect's death

Jul. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Five former detention officers and a nurse at a North Carolina jail have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a man died last December, a district attorney said Wednesday. Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill announced the charges at a news conference,...

Man shot by deputies booked into southeast Kansas jail

Jul. 8, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

IOLA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who was shot by two sheriff’s deputies at a campground in a tiny southeast Kansas town following an altercation. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that 41-year-old Edward Bridges, of Chanute, was taken into custody Tuesday...

West Virginia man pleads guilty to defrauding FEMA

Jul. 8, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency of 2016 disaster relief funds. Randall Butler, 46, of Charleston, entered the plea in federal court to one count of fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits. ...

Maine state police investigate body that washed ashore

Jul. 8, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

ROBBINSTON, Maine (AP) — The state medical examiner is trying to determine the identity of a body that washed ashore in Downeast Maine. The body was found Tuesday afternoon on a Robbinston beach, state police said. There are no known missing person cases in the area, and troopers are working with Canadian...

Nebraska man sentenced for strangling wife

Jul. 8, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man was sentenced Wednesday to prison for strangling his wife and throwing her body in the Missouri River. KMTV reports that Brandon Norton, of the Omaha suburb of Bellevue, was sentenced to 41 1/2 to 62 years in prison in the June 2018 death of 32-year-old Jennifer Norton....