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Texas executes avowed racist in black man's dragging death

Apr. 25, 2019 2:37 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. John William King, who was white, received a lethal injection for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr., who was...

Veteran held on attempted murder counts after car hits crowd

Apr. 25, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — A former U.S. Army sharpshooter with a history of PTSD plowed his car at high speed into a group of pedestrians in a quiet Silicon Valley suburb, injuring eight people including three children, and then told authorities that he intentionally hit them but has not said why. Police in...

Florida officer to be sentenced for killing black motorist

Apr. 25, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in nearly 30 years, a Florida police officer is set to be sentenced to prison Thursday for an on-duty fatal shooting — and he could be going away for life. Former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja faces a minimum of 25 years and Circuit Judge...

Illinois boy found buried in shallow grave; parents charged

Apr. 25, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities searching for a missing 5-year-old Illinois boy who had lived in deplorable conditions dug up his body Wednesday and charged his parents with murder, sadly declaring that the youngster would "no longer have to suffer." The body, believed to be that of Andrew "AJ"...

The Latest: Missing boy's body was buried in shallow grave

Apr. 25, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a missing 5-year-old Illinois boy (all times local): 3 p.m. Police say the body of a 5-year-old Illinois boy whose parents reported him missing last week was found buried in a shallow grave and wrapped in plastic in a rural area a few miles from the...

Washington state couple plead not guilty to overdose death

Apr. 25, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state couple has pleaded not guilty to killing a man by selling him the heroin that caused his overdose death. The Union-Bulletin reported Wednesday that 35-year-old Amanda J. Geoghegan and 39-year-old Adam R. Sellers, both of Walla Walla, entered the pleas Monday to...

Missing indigenous women spotlighted as bill signed

Apr. 24, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A growing number of missing and murdered Native American women are the focus of a Washington bill signed into law Wednesday amid concerns the victims' cases are slipping between jurisdictional gaps. Taking aim at confusion stemming from overlapping law enforcement boundaries and other...

Police: Texas man fatally shot his children, sister-in-law

Apr. 24, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The man whom officials say shot and killed his young children and his sister-in-law before shooting himself had just taken a job with Child Protective Services and was in training to be a CPS investigator. Fort Worth police Sgt. Joe Loughman said Wednesday investigators believe...

Wealthy stock trader convicted in man's death in bunker fire

Apr. 24, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A jury convicted a wealthy stock trader of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker beneath his Maryland home. Jurors deliberated for about 12 hours before...

Public defender asks to drop Florida school massacre suspect

Apr. 24, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The public defenders for the Parkland school massacre defendant unexpectedly asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old man will soon inherit nearly a half-million dollars and no longer qualify for free legal representation. The Broward County Public...