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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Lori Loughlin departs federal court with her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, in Boston, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Loughlin and Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty in a video arraignment scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2020, to charges of trying to secure the fraudulent admission of their two children to the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo, File)

Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam, but fate is hazy

May. 22, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

“Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty Friday to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as part of a college admissions bribery scheme, but a judge has not decided whether...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018, file photo released by Saudi Press Agency, Salah Khashoggi, left, a son of Jamal Khashoggi, shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday, May 22, 2020 that they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving automatic legal reprieve to the five government agents convicted of his murder who’d been sentenced to execution. (Saudi Press Agency via AP, File)

Khashoggi's sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution

May. 22, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced on Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to five government agents who had been sentenced to death for an operation that cast a cloud of suspicion over the kingdom's crown...

This undated photo provided by the Escambia County Jail shows inmate Mark Lua, a former Florida high school teacher was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, for sexually abusing students after the judge ignored his request to be castrated instead.The 32-year-old former English teacher pleaded guilty last year to sexual assault charges involving current and former students.  (Escambia County Jail via AP)

Florida teacher sought castration not prison, gets 12 years

May. 21, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida high school teacher was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing students after the judge ignored his request to be castrated instead. Mark Lua, 32, told Circuit Judge Thomas Dannheisser on Wednesday that he wanted to raise his daughter and would...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

Singapore sentences drug suspect to death at Zoom hearing

May. 21, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore sentenced a drug suspect to death at a court hearing held on the videoconferencing app Zoom because of the city-state's coronavirus lockdown, in a decision slammed by a human rights group as callous and inhumane. Defense lawyer Peter Fernando said the Supreme Court...

Judge: Early end for refuge occupation leader's supervision

May. 18, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ended Oregon refuge occupation leader Ryan Payne’s federal supervision a year and a half early. Payne, once described as a pivotal ‘’architect’’ of the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, served his prison term...

Man found guilty in 5-year-old child's death gets 40 years

May. 18, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a 5-year-old child while babysitting her in Vancouver, Washington. Ryan Burge, 38, was sentenced Friday in Clark County Superior Court in Harley Anderson’s death, The Columbian reported. A jury in February convicted...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, Senegalese dancer Alioune Diagne performs during a gathering at Trocadero square in Paris, calling for the release of French scientists Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal imprisoned in Iran. An Iranian court has sentenced a French-Iranian researcher to a total of six years in prison on security charges, her lawyer said Saturday, May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Lawyer: Iran sentences dual national academic to 6 years

May. 16, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

An Iranian court has sentenced a prominent researcher with dual French-Iranian citizenship to six years in prison on security charges, her lawyer said Saturday. Fariba Adelkhah was sentenced to five years for “gathering and collusion” against the country’s security and one year for...

Georgia man jailed for 43 years freed after plea deal

May. 15, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of murdering a woman in 1976 reached a plea deal and was released from jail Friday after recent DNA testing cast doubt on his guilt. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted in 1977 of murder, rape and robbery in the slaying of Katharina Wright, 19, in an apartment...

Oregon Department of Corrections to eliminate death row

May. 15, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Department of Corrections officials said Friday the agency will eliminate the state’s death row area of incarceration. Death row inmates live largely together in a unit at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Prisons officials said in...

This February 2013, photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Linda Kay Stermer. A federal appeals court overturned the murder conviction of Stermer, and ordered a new trial on Friday, May 15, 2020. Stermer was accused of setting a fire in 2007, that killed her husband, Todd, in Van Buren County. (Michigan Department of Corrections via AP)

Woman convicted of killing husband in fire gets new trial

May. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the murder conviction of a Michigan woman who was accused of setting a fire and then running over her burning husband with her van as he tried to flee their home. Linda Stermer's rights were violated when her attorney failed to effectively...