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  • Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:54:21 GMT

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic here.

  • Romania: ex-minister indicted for money-laundering

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:05:13 GMT

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prosecutors have indicted a former presidential candidate, who was one of Romania's most influential politicians in recent years, on suspicion of money-laundering and making false statements.

  • Stig Bergling, Swede who spied for Soviets, dies

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:51:04 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Stig Bergling, a former Swedish security officer who spied for the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has died. He was 77.

  • Mother of girl shot by Denver police seeks separate autopsy

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:34:31 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said that she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn't trust the official investigation into the death of her daughter.

  • Utah family's deaths followed mom's obsession with murderer

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:38:01 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thirty years ago, Dan Lafferty and his brother grew their hair long, called themselves prophets and claimed God told them to kill their sister-in-law and her baby after she resisted her husband's entry into a radical polygamous group.

  • Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:36:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch faces more grilling Thursday as she moves closer to an expected confirmation, following a daylong hearing in which she testified to her independence from President Barack Obama and willingness to work with the Republican-led Congress.

  • Who's who in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:22:39 GMT

    A list of who's who in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez:

  • Openings expected in murder trial of ex-Pat Aaron Hernandez

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:21:30 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in Massachusetts are expected to lay out their case against former New England Patriots star player Aaron Hernandez, as they deliver opening statements in his murder trial days before Hernandez's old team is due to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

  • Now on death row, Fort Hood gunman Hasan to appear in court

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:12:24 GMT

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) — An Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a shooting spree at a Texas Army base is set to appear in court.

  • Venezuelan hedge fund manager to be sentenced in huge fraud

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:11:29 GMT

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Nearly four years after he confessed to running a massive fraud scheme, a former hedge fund manager is expected to be sentenced in a Connecticut case that had its biggest fallout in Venezuela, where the state oil company had hundreds of millions of dollars invested with the disgraced financier.

  • Inquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullet

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:48:44 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.

  • Today in History

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:33 GMT

    Today is Thursday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2015. There are 336 days left in the year.

  • Irish police officer shot during visit to New Orleans

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:12:00 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Irish police officer on vacation in New Orleans was shot by an armed robber, one of the latest victims in a string of shootings that have put the city on edge as it gets ready to kick off Carnival festivities.

  • Detroit officer won't go on trial 3rd time in girl's death

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:17:32 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Authorities won't pursue a third trial against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a nighttime raid that was filmed by a reality TV show, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

  • Trial opens for 2 accused of desecrating Illinois cemetery

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:08:18 GMT

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Two brothers accused of digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery went on trial Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

  • Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:01:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

  • Bernie Mac widow drops malpractice lawsuit against doctor

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:52:29 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The wife of the late comedian Bernie Mac has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against his Chicago doctor.

  • Connecticut legislature to vote on NRA-opposed judge nominee

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:16:04 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut legislature will vote Friday on the nomination of a Superior Court judge candidate who was bashed by the National Rifle Association earlier this month for her support of a 2013 major gun control law passed in the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting.

  • Mom charged with murder after dead baby found in recycling

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:12:34 GMT

    EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A woman whose baby was found dead at a Detroit-area recycling center weeks after she gave birth alone in an unheated garage was charged Wednesday with murder and child abuse.

  • Penn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:50:17 GMT

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president on Wednesday dismissed the university-commissioned review of how top administrators handled child molestation complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky as "not useful to make decisions."

  • Mom wants independent autopsy after police killed daughter

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:42:21 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said Wednesday that she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn't trust the official investigation into the death of her daughter.