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Man acquitted in 1983 murder of wife found in forest

Mar. 19, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A man has been acquitted in the murder of his wife, whose body was found in a central Pennsylvania forest more than three decades ago. PennLive.com reports that a Perry County jury deliberated for about 4½ hours Tuesday before acquitting 63-year-old Carl Rodgers of first-...

Salvadoran pleads not guilty to 4 northern Nevada murders

Mar. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 20-year-old Salvadoran immigrant in the U.S. illegally has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed four people in Nevada in January. Wilber Martinez-Guzman entered the pleas to four counts of open murder at his arraignment in Washoe County District Court on Tuesday. He also pleaded...

Ref who told wrestler to cut dreads alleges defamation

Mar. 19, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A referee who was heavily criticized for telling a New Jersey high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match has taken a step toward filing a defamation lawsuit. The tort claim notice sent by referee Alan Maloney to a dozen possible defendants alleges $100,000...

Mourners begin to bury those killed in New Zealand shootings

Mar. 19, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Relatives of those killed in last week's shootings at two mosques in New Zealand began to bury the dead Wednesday, as the country's prime minister renewed her call to remember the 50 victims rather than the white supremacist accused of slaughtering them. Hundreds of people...

Court lets Chicago cop's sentence stand in teen's shooting

Mar. 19, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a prison sentence of less than seven years for a white Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald that many criticized as far too lenient. The high court offered no explanation for its 4-2 decision that denied a...

The Latest: Chicago cop's lawyer heralds ruling on sentence

Mar. 19, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois Supreme Court letting Chicago officer's sentence stand (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Illinois' attorney general has acknowledged his office is effectively out of options to get a new sentencing hearing for a white Chicago police officer convicted of slaying black...

Twitter flap forces Kansas governor to drop court nominee

Mar. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Posts on a Kansas judge's Twitter feed that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump prompted Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to withdraw his nomination Tuesday for the state's second-highest court and raised concerns about her vetting process. Labette County...

Jurors see video of white officer shooting Antwon Rose, 17

Mar. 19, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jurors on Tuesday saw a video recording of a white police officer gunning down an unarmed black teenager during a high-stakes traffic stop outside Pittsburgh last summer, a key piece of evidence at the ex-cop's homicide trial. Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30,...

Judges grill lawyers in suit over Trump's Washington hotel

Mar. 19, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday grilled lawyers for the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia about their claims that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting profits through foreign and domestic officials who stay at his Washington hotel. A...

Jury: Roundup weed killer is major factor in man's cancer

Mar. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer, a jury determined Tuesday in the first phase of a trial that attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. The unanimous verdict by the six-person jury in federal court in San...