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This undated photo provided by the Tulsa County Jail in Tulsa, Okla., shows Donisha Willis. The Oklahoma medical examiners office has ruled that two Tulsa children whose bodies were found in waterways in May 2020, accidentally drowned. Autopsy reports released Friday say both 3-year-old Miracle Crook and her 21-month-old brother, Tony Crook drowned after being last seen on video holding hands and walking through an opening in a chain-link fence toward rain-swollen creek that flows into the Arkansas River. The mother of the children, Willis, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in the deaths. (Tulsa County Jail via AP)

Oklahoma mom of 2 who drowned pleads guilty to child neglect

Jan. 28, 2021 11:30 AM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman whose two young children wandered from their apartment and drowned has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case. Donisha Renee Willis, 24, agreed Monday to two child neglect charges in the May 2020 deaths of 3-year-old Miracle Crook and 21-month-old Tony Crook...

Ex-Marlins owner Loria reaches settlement on sale dispute

Jan. 28, 2021 10:45 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached a lawsuit settlement to reimburse local government $4.2 million for the cost of building Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. The payment stems from the $1.2 billion sale of team in 2017 by Loria to Derek Jeter and his ownership group. In 2009,...

Lina André looks out from the entrance of the National Penitentiary where she waits to deliver food for her boyfriend who is incarcerated there, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Her boyfriend has been incarcerated for 10 years but hasn’t seen a judge since he was arrested on suspicion of killing a man. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Strikes, violence overwhelm Haiti's crumbling judiciary

Jan. 28, 2021 10:06 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A warning from a well-known judge in Haiti crackled recently over the radio: “Don’t let them arrest you, because you don’t know when you will be released from prison.” Haiti’s justice system has long been dysfunctional. But in recent years...

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appears on a TV screen during a live session with the court during a hearing of his appeal in a court in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, with an image of the Moscow Kremlin in the background. Navalny was jailed soon after arriving to Moscow after authorities accused him of violating of the terms of his 2014 fraud conviction. A court on Thursday is to hear an appeal on the ruling to remand him into custody. Next week, another court will decide whether to send him to prison for several years for the alleged violations. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Navalny defiant as Russian court rejects arrest appeal

Jan. 28, 2021 9:34 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Thursday rejected opposition leader Alexei Navalny's appeal of his arrest while authorities detained several of his allies and issued warnings to social media companies after tens of thousands swarmed the streets in over 100 Russian cities last weekend demanding his...

FILE - In this March 29, 2002 file photo, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnap-slaying, appears at the court in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 has ordered the release of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh's acquittal by Pearl's family. (AP Photo/Zia Mazhar, File)

Pakistani court: Release man accused in Daniel Pearl's death

Jan. 28, 2021 9:15 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release Thursday of a Pakistani-British man convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh's acquittal filed by Pearl’s family and...

Man sentenced for threatening letters sent to Trump, others

Jan. 28, 2021 8:33 AM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty last year to sending a series of threatening letters and packages targeting former President Donald Trump and facilities in Connecticut and Vermont was sentenced to nine years in federal prison. Gary Joseph Lavelle, 53, was sentenced Wednesday in federal...

Main defendant Stephan Ernst looks on in the courtroom at the higher regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The German court has convicted the 47-year-old far-right extremist Stephan Ernst of the murder of Walter Luebcke, a regional politician, in a brazen killing that shocked the country, and sentenced to life in prison. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Pool Photo via AP)

Far-right extremist convicted of murdering German politician

Jan. 28, 2021 7:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A far-right extremist in Germany was convicted Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a regional politician who had advocated helping refugees — a brazen killing that shocked the country. In its verdict against 47-year-old Stephan Ernst, the Frankfurt state court...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference in New York. Maxwell, criminally charged with aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sexual abuse of teenage girls, testified in 2016 that she had no memory of anything amiss on his properties in the 2000s despite the accusations from dozens of women and girls that they were sexually abused by Epstein. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

In 2016, Maxwell said she grew unhappy with Jeffrey Epstein

Jan. 28, 2021 3:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A British socialite criminally charged with aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sexual abuse of teenage girls testified in 2016 that she had no memory of anything amiss on his properties in the 2000s despite the accusations from dozens of women and girls that they were sexually abused by Epstein....

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Israeli-born Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. The former teacher extradited from Israel after a six-year legal battle appeared in an Australian court Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, to face child sex abuse charges.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Extradited teacher appears in Australia court on sex charges

Jan. 28, 2021 12:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A former teacher extradited from Israel after a six-year legal battle appeared in an Australian court Thursday to face child sex abuse charges. Malka Leifer, 54, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court by video link from a police station where she is in COVID-19 quarantine. ...

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro tempore of the Senate, pauses in a corridor off the Rotunda as he awaits the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to be delivered, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. The Senate's longest-serving member, 80-year-old Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening for observation after not feeling well, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite))

At 80, Vermont's Sen. Leahy ready to run impeachment trial

Jan. 28, 2021 12:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — He's known for prowling the Capitol with his camera or friends like the rock icon Bono. He's played leading roles in fights over Supreme Court nominations, government surveillance of Americans and protecting his state's dairy farms. Now, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is...