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South Korea police say they may have found serial killer

Sep. 19, 2019 1:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Thursday that they have found a suspect thought to be an infamous serial killer wanted for the slaying of nine women some 30 years ago. Police said the man's DNA matches samples taken from evidence collected from some of the crime scenes. Senior police...

Mississippi autopsy confirms child's body in garbage bags

Sep. 17, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy confirms that remains found in garbage bags in a Mississippi basement belonged to a small child. Meridian police Chief Benny Dubose told The Meridian Star that the Friday autopsy at the state crime lab found a badly decomposed body with a broken rib on one side and cracked...

Psychiatrist: Man accused of killing 6 controlled by voices

Sep. 16, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A forensic psychiatrist told jurors Monday that a man accused of fatally shooting six members of his ex-wife's family near Houston in 2014 wasn't responsible for his actions because of severe mental illness that made him believe voices in his head telling him to carry out the killings....

The Latest: All 34 victims of California boat fire ID'd

Sep. 12, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a fatal boat fire that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Authorities say they have now identified all 34 victims of a boat fire off the Southern California coast. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office added the last seven...

Attorneys general warn about 'at-home rape kit' companies

Sep. 12, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two companies are under fire for saying they want to sell do-it-yourself rape kits to sexual assault survivors. Attorneys general in several states have sent cease-and-desist letters to the MeToo Kits Company, based in New York City, and the New Jersey-based The Preserve Group, saying the...

Ex-soldier serving life for teen's '82 murder seeks DNA test

Sep. 9, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Advocates for a former U.S. soldier convicted of the attempted rape and murder of an Army officer's son 37 years ago are asking a federal judge to order DNA testing to discredit what they say is weak evidence presented at a court-martial that sent him to prison for life. The Hawaii...

Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire

Sep. 7, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The 34 people who died in a diving boat fire off Southern California are being remembered by those who shared their love of the sea. Hundreds turned out Friday evening for a vigil at a Santa Barbara park. The dead were "our friends and our family members. Our common love of...

Smoke, not fire, blamed for 34 deaths in dive boat disaster

Sep. 6, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of people trapped on a scuba diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast appear to have died from smoke inhalation, not burns, authorities said Friday. The 34 people who died were sleeping in a cramped bunkroom below the main deck of the Conception...

Arkansas death row inmate asks court for new DNA testing

Sep. 5, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas death row inmate who was spared from execution two years ago asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to allow new DNA testing of evidence that his attorneys say could exonerate him. Attorneys for convicted murderer Stacey Johnson and for the state appeared before the...

Oregon man arrested in 1978 death of Alaska teenager

Sep. 3, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 62-year-old Oregon man is under arrest in connection with the 1978 rape and death of teenage Anchorage girl, Alaska State Troopers announced Tuesday. Gresham, Oregon, police assisted in the arrest Friday of Donald F. McQuade in connection with the death of 16-year-old Shelley...