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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...

A man in New Zealand is found guilty of murdering 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane after a 3-week trial

Nov. 21, 2019 11:56 PM EST
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man in New Zealand is found guilty of murdering 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane after a 3-week trial.

New Zealand jurors to decide if British tourist was murdered

Nov. 21, 2019 11:10 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday was deliberating whether a British backpacker was murdered by a man she met on a dating app or was accidentally choked to death during sex. Grace Millane died last December on her 22nd birthday after meeting a man through Tinder, going out for...

Military same-sex spouse denied Alaska oil check sues

Nov. 21, 2019 9:50 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman alleges the state is wrongly enforcing laws barring recognition of same-sex marriages, five years after a federal judge found such a ban to be unconstitutional. In a lawsuit, attorneys for Denali Nicole Smith say Smith was denied eligibility for the check paid to...

California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

Kentucky lt. gov. appealing ruling in suit against governor

Nov. 21, 2019 7:13 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Continuing a legal fight at the top of Kentucky’s government, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton is appealing a ruling that concluded Gov. Matt Bevin’s office acted within its authority when firing her top two assistants. Hampton’s attorney, Joshua Harp, filed a notice that...

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Man said he was framed, is found guilty of officer’s murder

Nov. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who took the stand in his own defense Wednesday has been found guilty of murder in the shooting of a Shreveport police officer. Grover Cannon, 31, testified against the advice of his counsel, news outlets reported on the seventh day of the trial. Cannon said he...

Woman fights charges after stepkids see her topless at home

Nov. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman charged with a crime after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home is fighting the case that could force her to register as a sex offender, pointing to a court ruling that overturned a topless ban in Colorado and helped fuel a movement. Tilli Buchanan’s...

Judge: Charges may be dropped due to detective’s lies

Nov. 21, 2019 10:18 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of molesting a child and possession of child pornography could go free after a judge in Florida found that a detective lied to obtain a search warrant in the case. The Tampa Bay Times reports Circuit Judge William Burgess III found Pinellas County Sheriff’s...