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California man convicted of 1980s rape-murders of two women

Aug. 18, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man prosecutors called a serial killer was convicted Thursday of raping and killing two women in the 1980s after investigators linked him to DNA evidence, prosecutors said. Horace Van Vaultz Jr., 67, was found guilty of first-degree murder with the...

Former Kansas officer charged in serial sex assaults case

Aug. 18, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A former police officer was charged Thursday in a series of sexual crimes that occurred between 2012 and 2018 while he worked for the Hutchinson, Kansas, police department, authorities said. Todd Allen, 51, who was a Hutchinson police officer for about 20...

Placido Domingo's name comes up in Argentina sex sect probe

Aug. 18, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Opera star Placido Domingo's name has appeared in an investigation of a sect-like organization in Argentina that also had U.S. offices and whose leaders have been charged with crimes, including sexual exploitation. Domingo, the Spanish opera singer...

Browns' Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million

Aug. 18, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will serve an 11-game unpaid suspension, pay a $5 million fine and undergo professional evaluation and treatment as part of a settlement with the NFL following accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen women. The...

Plea deal struck in 2021 slaying of woman, 82, at Lake James

Aug. 18, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — A man accused of killing an 82-year-old woman at Lake James last year would plead guilty to murder and burglary charges under a plea agreement if a judge accepts the deal. Under the deal, Matthew R. Hoover, 30, of Yorktown, would face a sentence of 55 to 95...

Vatican shelves assault probe into Canadian cardinal claims

Aug. 18, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday that a preliminary church investigation into sexual assault allegations by a Canadian woman against a top cardinal, Marc Ouellet, has determined the case doesn’t warrant further investigation. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni issued a statement...

Ex-judge gets 15 months for sex assault against co-workers

Aug. 18, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) — A former judge in southeastern Washington state who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two former court employees over several years was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Spokane County Judge Michael Price sentenced Scott Gallina last month, the Lewiston...

California advances broadest US law sealing criminal records

Aug. 18, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would have what proponents call the nation's most sweeping law to seal criminal records if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs legislation sent to him Thursday by state legislators. The bill would automatically seal conviction and arrest records for most...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 18, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Indian woman condemns release of her convicted rapists

Aug. 18, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Muslim woman who was gang raped while pregnant during India's devastating 2002 religious riots has appealed to the government to rescind its decision to free the 11 men who had been jailed for life for committing the crime, after they were released on suspended sentences. ...