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Prison term Ok'd for man acquitted in 'Goodfellas' heist

Apr. 23, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge properly considered a legendary airport robbery recounted in the movie "Goodfellas" when she sentenced a reputed mobster to eight years in prison for an unrelated road rage arson, an appeals court said Tuesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan made the...

Indonesia 'shocked' by Malaysian's acquittal in maid's death

Apr. 23, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Indonesia's government says it was shocked by Malaysia's acquittal of a woman charged with the death of her Indonesian maid, in case that has sparked public outrage over alleged abuse. Adelina Lisao, 26, was rescued in February 2018 from a house in northern Malaysia where she...

HSBC Turkey chief acquitted of insulting Erdogan

Apr. 11, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has acquitted HSBC bank's Turkey chief of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through Twitter. Selim Kervanci was charged with insulting a state employee for reposting a video in 2013 deemed to be insulting to Erdogan, who was prime...

Satanist acquitted of disrupting government meeting

Apr. 5, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida religious freedom activist and self-proclaimed Satanist who objects to prayers before government meetings has been acquitted of disrupting a meeting. The Pensacola News Journal reports that First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jan Shackelford reversed David Suhor's conviction...

Mayor-elect wants re-examination of code of silence case

Apr. 4, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot wants her former colleagues at the U.S attorney's office to re-examine the acquittals of three police officers accused of covering up the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. A judge in January found the officers not guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of...

Mayor to apologize for 1891 lynching of 11 Italian Americans

Mar. 30, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The mayor of New Orleans plans an apology to Italian Americans for what's considered the nation's most deadly lynching — violence in which 11 Italian immigrants were killed after acquittals in a police chief's murder. "This has been a longstanding wound," said Michael Santo of the...

Sunoco cuts ties with gas station owner over billboard slur

Mar. 28, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

WORTHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Sunoco has cut ties with a Pennsylvania gas station owner after a digital billboard flashed a racial slur and praised the acquittal of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen. The billboard is owned by John Placek and is about a quarter mile from the...

Michigan priest pleads no contest to sexual misconduct

Mar. 26, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A 72-year-old Michigan priest has pleaded no contest to sexual misconduct, less than a week after he was acquitted in a different case . The Rev. Robert DeLand's plea occurred Tuesday before jury selection in the second of three trials. The Saginaw County prosecutor's office says the...

Indiana man cleared after child fires gun he dropped at Ikea

Mar. 26, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis man who dropped a loaded handgun in an Ikea store that was found and fired by a child has been acquitted of criminal recklessness. Online court records show a Hamilton County jury last week found 62-year-old Francis T. Wright of Camby not guilty. Fishers...

The Latest: Israel hits Gaza Strip targets after rocket fire

Mar. 25, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 4:30 a.m. Tuesday Israeli forces were continuing early Tuesday to strike targets across the Gaza Strip, including the offices of Hamas' supreme leader, in response to a surprise rocket attack from the Palestinian territory....