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Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal $35 million in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released Monday. Details of the exit package were revealed as part of a shareholder lawsuit against the company, one that followed a published … Continue reading Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

Israeli court sentences soldiers for abusing Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AP) — Three Israeli soldiers charged with abusing Palestinian detainees have been sentenced to six and a half months in prison under a plea deal with a military court. The court approved the plea bargain late Sunday after the soldiers confessed to severely abusing two Palestinian suspects. The agreement, which avoided more serious assault … Continue reading Israeli court sentences soldiers for abusing Palestinians

Demonstrators gather for Heathrow expansion court challenge

LONDON (AP) — A challenge against British government plans to expand Heathrow Airport through the construction of a third runway has begun in one of the country’s highest courts. A coalition of local councils, environmentalists and London residents claim the government has failed to properly address the impact on air quality, climate change, noise and … Continue reading Demonstrators gather for Heathrow expansion court challenge

Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s half brother was freed from custody Monday after Malaysian prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, before leaving the courtroom and … Continue reading Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam

Dorial Green-Beckham gets jail time in marijuana case

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.(AP)  — Former NFL wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after a Missouri judge ruled that a marijuana arrest amounted to probation violation. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Green-Beckham was sentenced Friday. Springfield police say Green-Beckham had marijuana in his pocket after jumping from a home window while … Continue reading Dorial Green-Beckham gets jail time in marijuana case

Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not requesting a pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he rejected a personal appeal from his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a pardon, the strongest assertion yet that Cohen may have lied under oath. Trump tweeted his claim after days of swirling questions about Cohen over the issue of pardons. It has emerged as a key … Continue reading Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not requesting a pardon

Court denies new trial in ‘Serial’ podcast murder case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court denied a new trial Friday for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” In a 4-3 opinion, the Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that Adnan Syed‘s legal counsel was deficient in failing to investigate an alibi witness, but it disagreed that … Continue reading Court denies new trial in ‘Serial’ podcast murder case

Wrongful-death lawsuit filed on behalf of aborted embryo

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge’s ruling has given legal standing to an aborted embryo. Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger earlier this week opened an estate for “Baby Roe” and said 21-year-old Ryan Magers could represent the estate. Magers filed a lawsuit in February against the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, which … Continue reading Wrongful-death lawsuit filed on behalf of aborted embryo

Lawyer apologizes for Ghosn’s ‘disguise’ during release

TOKYO (AP) — The mystery of Carlos Ghosn‘s strange attire when he was released from Japanese detention has been solved, with his lawyer saying Friday that it was an effort to protect the former chairman of Nissan from intense media attention. Many had been baffled by why Ghosn was wearing a blue cap, surgical mask … Continue reading Lawyer apologizes for Ghosn’s ‘disguise’ during release

Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort sentenced to 47 months

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, a significant break from sentencing guidelines that called for a 20-year prison term. Manafort, sitting in a wheelchair as he deals with complications from gout, … Continue reading Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort sentenced to 47 months

German man gets life for poisoning co-workers’ sandwiches

BERLIN (AP) — A German man has been sentenced to life in prison for poisoning his co-workers’ sandwiches with mercury and other substances over several years, leaving one in a coma and two others with serious kidney damage. A judge at the regional court in Bielefeld, about 330 kilometers (205 miles) west of Berlin, found the … Continue reading German man gets life for poisoning co-workers’ sandwiches

Colorado man discloses details about killing wife, daughters

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man strangled his pregnant wife in their bed before driving her body and their two daughters to a worksite where he smothered the girls with a blanket, according to records of an interview he gave police from prison. Christopher Watts made the statements during authorities’ prison visit on Feb. 18, three … Continue reading Colorado man discloses details about killing wife, daughters

The Latest: Cardinal offers resignation after conviction

LYON, France (AP) — The Latest on a church sex abuse trial in France (all times local): 1:15 p.m. French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is offering his resignation to the pope after being convicted of failing to report a pedophile priest. In a brief statement to the media in Lyon, France, Barbarin said “I have decided … Continue reading The Latest: Cardinal offers resignation after conviction

French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

LYON, France (AP) — French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin said Thursday he will offer his resignation to Pope Francis, after a court found him guilty of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse of minors by a priest. The Lyon court’s surprise decision was seen by alleged victims as a victory for child protection and a … Continue reading French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

The Latest: Convicted French cardinal will appeal

LYON, France (AP) — The Latest on a church sex abuse trial in France (all times local): 10:50 a.m. The lawyer for a top Catholic official who has been found guilty of failing to report to judicial authorities accusations against a pedophile priest says his client will appeal the verdict. Jean-Felix Luciani, lawyer for Cardinal … Continue reading The Latest: Convicted French cardinal will appeal

Japan stunned by Ghosn’s release, critics hope for change

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn‘s release from detention nearly four months after his arrest has gripped Japan, giving the public a rare glimpse into how the criminal justice system works. Ghosn was recuperating Thursday, his lawyer said, after leaving the Tokyo Detention Center the evening before, just in time for his 65th … Continue reading Japan stunned by Ghosn’s release, critics hope for change

The Latest: Official: Kelly to be jailed until he pays $161K

CHICAGO  (AP)  — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4 p.m. A Cook County Sheriff’s Office official says singer R. Kelly won’t be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into … Continue reading The Latest: Official: Kelly to be jailed until he pays $161K

Second US judge calls citizenship question on census illegal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)  — The Trump administration‘s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census “threatens the very foundation of our democratic system” because it would cause a significant undercount of immigrants and Latinos that could distort the distribution of congressional seats, a U.S. judge said Wednesday. Judge Richard Seeborg said the commerce … Continue reading Second US judge calls citizenship question on census illegal

Ghosn’s journey: Star auto executive to masked suspect

Carlos Ghosn, the star auto executive credited with rescuing both Renault and Nissan, left a drab Tokyo detention center Wednesday after more than three months in custody, his identity obscured by a surgical mask, hat and construction worker’s outfit. The jet-setting turnaround wizard was pursued by TV news helicopters as he traveled in a tiny … Continue reading Ghosn’s journey: Star auto executive to masked suspect

UK jury convicts man in acid attack on son

LONDON (AP) — A jury in central England has convicted a man of plotting an acid attack on his 3 year-old son amid a custody battle with the child’s mother. The 40-year-old father, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, was convicted in Worcester Crown Court with five others of conspiring to throw … Continue reading UK jury convicts man in acid attack on son

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn released after posting bail

TOKYO (AP) — The former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, appears to have left the Tokyo Detention Center after posting 1 billion yen ($8.9 million) bail. Ghosn left the facility in disguise, wearing a surgical mask, glasses, a hat and a construction worker’s outfit. Ringed by security guards, he was driven away in … Continue reading Former Nissan chairman Ghosn released after posting bail

Feds: Forgery operation produced over 10,000 fake documents

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Located in an apartment in a primarily Hispanic town in Oregon, a clandestine lab churned out thousands of fake Social Security cards, drivers’ licenses and immigration documents that were sold around the United States for years. The clandestine operation, revealed for the first time Tuesday in a federal court document, showed that a … Continue reading Feds: Forgery operation produced over 10,000 fake documents

Papa John’s, Schnatter reach settlement agreement

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Papa John’s has reached a settlement agreement with founder John Schnatter that will see him step down from the company’s board. The agreement comes after more of a year of tussling between the Louisville-based pizza chain and Schnatter, who made a series of racially insensitive remarks that caused sales to plummet. … Continue reading Papa John’s, Schnatter reach settlement agreement

Suspect in Belgium Jewish museum attack claims innocence

BRUSSELS (AP) — A suspected jihadi insisted Tuesday that he’s innocent of terrorism charges over the 2014 killing of four people at Belgium’s Jewish museum, as the jury in his trial prepared to consider its verdict. Weeks after telling the Brussels criminal court that he would reveal the truth “when the time is right,” Mehdi … Continue reading Suspect in Belgium Jewish museum attack claims innocence

Judge allows preservation of more records in Spacey case

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP)— A judge has approved a request by attorneys for Kevin Spacey to preserve more phone records in the sexual assault case against the Oscar-winning actor. The Nantucket District Court judge on Monday allowed a motion to extend an earlier order preserving phone and electronic records between the alleged victim and his former … Continue reading Judge allows preservation of more records in Spacey case

Defense alleges misconduct at trials in girl’s 1990 slaying

IOWA CITY, Iowa(AP)— At three trials over three decades, a convicted thief has testified that he saw Stanley Liggins with 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis shortly before she was kidnapped, raped, strangled and left dead in Davenport, Iowa. Antonio Holmes insisted at each trial that prosecutors did not give him any benefit in exchange for his testimony, … Continue reading Defense alleges misconduct at trials in girl’s 1990 slaying

Egypt military court upholds sentence against former auditor

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer says a military appeals court has upheld a five-year sentence against the country’s former auditor for disseminating false news about the military. Ali Taha says Sunday Hesham Genena can still challenge the ruling a final time at Egypt’s highest military court of appeals. Genena was arrested in February last … Continue reading Egypt military court upholds sentence against former auditor