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  • Suspect in dismemberment slaying charged with murder

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:58:18 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A man authorities say dismembered a mother of three in her suburban home and then dumped her body parts in a Seattle recycling bin was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.

  • Journalist sentenced to 2 years in LA Times hacking case

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:57:52 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A well-known social media journalist was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday after he was convicted of conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to break into the Los Angeles Times' website and alter a story.

  • Texas ag chief investigated after 'Jesus shot' treatment

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:57:23 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Public corruption investigators in Texas confirmed Wednesday they are looking into the state's agriculture chief after allegations arose that he used taxpayer funds to obtain a so-called "Jesus shot" in Oklahoma, an injection marketed as curing pain for life.

  • The Latest: Suspect charged with murder in body parts case

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:56:48 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a man following the discovery of body parts inside a Seattle recycling bin (all times local):

  • Baylor football player Oakman arrested on sex assault charge

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:56:43 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NFL prospect and former Baylor football player Shawn Oakman was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman at his Texas apartment earlier this month, Waco police said.

  • Judge ends CeeLo Green's supervised probation in drug case

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:51:25 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge removed CeeLo Green from supervised probation on Wednesday after saying the singer had complied with his sentence in a felony drug case that involved giving a woman ecstasy during a 2012 dinner.

  • San Francisco man receives 30-month sentence in toxin case

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:46:08 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a San Francisco man accused of possessing deadly toxins and bomb-making material at his apartment to 2 and ½ years in prison.

  • Sentencing postponed for ex-officer in stairwell shooting

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:39:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of a former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in a public housing project stairwell while he decides whether to toss out the verdict because of juror misconduct.

  • The Latest: Defense says FBI wore wire to record Hastert

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:36:42 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a hearing concerning former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sentencing for hush-money payments and a newly unsealed filing from his defense (all times local):

  • The Latest: School says 2nd teacher fired over student sex

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:29:30 GMT

    EXETER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the student sex abuse scandal at an elite New Hampshire prep school (all times local):

  • Judge suggests he'll factor in Hastert lies for sentencing

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:12:17 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert's lawyers have suggested that what occurred with a 14-year-old in a motel decades ago may not qualify as sexual abuse, while the judge in the former U.S. House speaker's hush-money case signaled Wednesday that he'll factor in Hastert's lies to investigators when he determines a sentence.

  • Can't hold up this lip-lock: Couple kisses through robbery

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:55:33 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Nothing can stop true love, or at least a good kiss. Not even armed robbers.

  • Video appears to show some kidnapped Chibok girls alive

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:53:05 GMT

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A video appearing to show proof of life of some of Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls is being aired along with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters, unheard of since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram two years ago.

  • Lawyer: Smith held no gun as he was shot in the back

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:13:05 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot multiple times in the back after his killer deliberately rammed his Hummer into the NFL veteran's Mercedes SUV, but Smith never pulled out his own handgun as he tried to protect his wife, the Smith family's lawyer said Wednesday.

  • Prosecutor: White officer shot black man in self-defense

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:09:13 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A white North Carolina officer acted in self-defense and won't face charges for shooting a black man in a case that sparked outcry in his predominantly black neighborhood, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

  • Capture of man heightens scrutiny of psychiatric hospital

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:49:41 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The capture of a man found hiding under debris in the woods after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital where he was held because he was found too mentally ill to face murder charges comes amid heightened scrutiny of the facility.

  • Mexico detains woman wanted in slaying of Texas dentist

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:35:11 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A woman who was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list for the killing of her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend in Texas has been detained in Mexico.

  • Former Vanderbilt football player found guilty of rape

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:26:31 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player has been found guilty of raping an unconscious student in a dorm.

  • Man in torture-death case who fled hospital caught by police

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 06:27:44 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital where he was held after being found too mentally ill to face charges that he tortured a woman to death was found hiding under a pile of debris in the woods and apprehended without incident.

  • Homeless teen faces murder charge in Texas student's killing

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 06:00:28 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A homeless 17-year-old has been arrested and will be charged with murder in the death of a University of Texas dance major in the heart of the bustling campus, police say.

  • Patient who escaped psychiatric hospital taken into custody

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:37:59 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital where he was held after being found too mentally ill to face charges that he tortured a woman to death was captured Friday.