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Authorities: Florida boy, 9, stabs younger sister with knife

Jan. 28, 2020 11:15 AM EST

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy was taken into custody after he stabbed his 5-year-old sister with a kitchen knife because he said he wanted her to die, authorities in Florida said. The boy stabbed his sister in the back on Monday, news outlets reported, citing the Ocala Police Department. When asked...

NFL free agent Antonio Brown appears at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via video link  Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Brown was granted bail on Friday after spending the night in a Florida jail. The wide receiver will have to pay a bond of $110,000, surrender his passport, wear a monitor, get mental health evaluation and pass random drug tests. He also can't have guns. Brown is accused of attacking the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Judge frees NFL star Antonio Brown from house arrest

Jan. 28, 2020 11:14 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge freed NFL free agent Antonio Brown from house arrest Tuesday, allowing him to travel freely as he awaits trial on charges that he attacked the driver of a moving truck. Circuit Judge Michael Usan agreed to let Brown travel freely within the United States so he...

Myon Burrell, convicted in the murder of Tyesha Edwards, an 11-year-old girl pierced in the heart by a stray bullet in 2002 while doing homework at her family's dining room table, stands for a photograph at the Stillwater Correctional Facility, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Stillwater, Minn. A growing number of legal experts, community leaders and civil rights activists are concerned that Burrell may have been wrongly convicted, as there was no gun, fingerprints or hard evidence to implicate him. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In Klobuchar's past, questions about a teen jailed for life

Jan. 28, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It was a prime-time moment for Amy Klobuchar. Standing in the glare of television lights at a Democratic presidential debate last fall, she was asked about her years as a top Minnesota prosecutor and allegations she was not committed to racial justice. “That’s not my...

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig stands next to a photo of Kato Krow Perez, born in 2001, one of five infants believed to be killed by their father, during a news conference in Woodland, Calif., Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Paul Perez, the father of the infants, has been arrested in the decades-old killings of five of his infant children, a case the sheriff said had haunted his agency for years, the Yolo County Sheriff's Office said Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Father arrested in killings of 5 of his infant children

Jan. 28, 2020 12:36 AM EST

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California father about to be freed from prison has been taken into custody in connection with the decades-old killings of five of his infant children in a case a sheriff said has haunted his agency for years. Paul Perez, 57, a convicted sex offender with a 20-year criminal...

FILE - In this April 4, 2017 file photo, Jon Guerrero, charged with killing three homeless men and an elderly woman in a series of San Diego attacks, is escorted out of the courtroom in San Diego after his arraignment. Guerrero, with a criminal record and history of mental illness, pleaded guilty on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, to four counts of murder in a string of deadly attacks on sleeping homeless men in San Diego, two of whom were set on fire. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

Man pleads guilty to killings of San Diego homeless men

Jan. 28, 2020 12:26 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man with a criminal record and history of mental illness pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts of murder in a string of deadly attacks on sleeping homeless men in San Diego, two of whom were set on fire. Jon David Guerrero, 42, agreed to be sentenced May 1 to four consecutive life...

Man accused in assault of four women, teen, out of jail

Jan. 27, 2020 7:35 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of kidnapping and assaulting four women and a teenage girl was released from jail on Monday after a judge changed his bond status. Michael Dean Myers, 33, of High Point, had been in the Guilford County jail since 2018 on a $5.5 million secured bond, the...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Ramapo police officers escort Grafton Thomas from Ramapo Town Hall to a police vehicle in Ramapo, N.Y. Attorney Michael Sussman says a psychiatrist has found  Thomas incompetent to stand trial on hate crime charges stemming from a machete attack at a Hanukkah party that wounded five Hasidic Jews. Sussman said Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, that he has asked a federal judge to hold a competency evaluation for Thomas. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal, File)

Lawyer: Man charged in Hanukkah attack incompetent for trial

Jan. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EST

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A psychiatrist has found Grafton Thomas incompetent to stand trial on federal hate crime charges stemming from a machete attack at a Hanukkah party that wounded five Hasidic Jews, Thomas's attorney said Monday. Defense attorney Michael Sussman said in a statement that he has asked a...

Charges dropped against WV pol in racist sign outburst

Jan. 27, 2020 6:06 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge dropped charges Monday against a state lawmaker who became violent over a racist display at the Capitol. Del. Mike Caputo had argued that an obscure law on “legislative immunity” shielded him from a misdemeanor battery charge for kicking a door...

Florida school shooting defendant in court on deputy attack

Jan. 27, 2020 1:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz was back in court Monday, this time for a hearing on charges that he attacked a corrections officer in jail. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer heard several motions but did not issue any rulings, instead deferring to another...

Suspect in custody in fast-food restaurant robbery, slaying

Jan. 26, 2020 9:49 PM EST

EDINBORO, Pa. (AP) — A suspect is behind bars in the shooting death of an employee during an attempted robbery of a fast-food restaurant in northwestern Pennsylvania over the weekend, state police said. Officers were called to a Wendy's in Washington Township near Edinboro shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday and...