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Woman convicted of child abuse now advocating for prevention

Apr. 21, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — After serving time in prison for child abuse related to the death of her son, a Saginaw woman is now speaking out against child abuse and domestic violence. Mio Campbell served four years and nine months behind bars for second-degree child abuse before being released on Dec. 4, 2018....

New evidence gets mistrial in Montana senator's nephew death

Apr. 20, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The discovery of new evidence prompted a judge to declare a mistrial in the prosecution of a Spokane man charged with killing the nephew of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana in a sword attack, a newspaper reported. Court records show a sheriff's detective found a text message in the...

Appeals court upholds conviction in transgender assault

Apr. 20, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a North Carolina man charged with maiming the genitals of a transgender woman. In a ruling issued last week, the Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Melvin Lamar Fields of Durham for assault inflicting seriously bodily injury. ...

Suspect in teen beheading case getting underway

Apr. 20, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate is getting underway after several postponements. The Eagle-Tribune reports that jury selection in Mathew Borges' trial is scheduled to start Monday, with opening statements expected...

Court to hear arguments in elephants' rights case

Apr. 20, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut appeals court is set to hear arguments in the case of an animal rights group that is trying to free three elephants from a petting zoo by winning them the rights of "personhood." The Nonhuman Rights Group alleges elephants Beulah, Minnie and Karen are being detained...

Families to have voice in Columbus police shooting trial

Apr. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Columbus has agreed to allow a jury to hear from relatives of two slain police officers should the trial of a man accused of killing them reach the death penalty phase. The Columbus Dispatch reports Judge Richard Frye agreed with prosecutors Friday that relatives of...

Oregon county pays $100K over Blue Lives Matter flag

Apr. 20, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued alleging she was harassed after asking that a Blue Lives Matter flag not be displayed in the office. Karimah Guion-Pledgure said in her January lawsuit against Multnomah County that the flag demeans the Black...

British cyber expert pleads guilty to creating malware

Apr. 20, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information. Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin and Marcus Hutchins' attorneys said in a joint court filing Friday that the 24-year-old agreed to...

Appeals court denies new trial for alleged MS-13 gang member

Apr. 20, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's highest court has rejected the appeal of an alleged MS-13 gang member sentenced to 11 years in prison after the stabbing of a former gang member. In a ruling Wednesday, the Court of Appeals said a trial judge erred in 2013 in refusing to allow the defense attorney for...

Judge orders Albany motel to close by Tuesday

Apr. 20, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A judge in Georgia has ordered an Albany motel to shut its doors by Tuesday. WALB-TV reports Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette issued a ruling Friday, saying the Albany Palace Inn cannot accept any more new guests after Monday at 10 a.m., and all guests must move out...