Legal proceedings

June 10, 2019 - 3:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Stairway to Heaven" will get another hearing, this time to a packed house. A panel of eleven judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Monday to hear Led Zeppelin's appeal in a copyright lawsuit alleging the group stole its 1971 rock epic from a 1960s...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan speaks at his home in Kankakee, Ill. The trial of an ex-University of Illinois grad charged with killing a Chinese scholar is the first federal death-penalty trial in Illinois since it abolished the death penalty and some activists aren't happy about it. Former Gov. George Ryan, who took the first step toward abolishing the state's death penalty by placing a moratorium on executions in Illinois in 2000, a year after the state's last execution, said the federal decision to hold a death penalty trial there subverted the will of the majority of the residents. The trial in which openings are set for Wednesday, June 12, highlights the rarity of such cases. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
June 10, 2019 - 3:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A perplexed prospective juror at the trial of a former graduate student charged with kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China said during jury selection last week that she didn't understand how a conviction could carry the death penalty in Illinois when the...
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FILE - In a March 19, 2019 file photo, hip hop recording artist Common, left, and Woodstock co-producer and co-founder, Michael Lang, participate in the Woodstock 50 lineup announcement at Electric Lady Studios, in New York. The fate of the Woodstock 50 festival is further in doubt after Watkins Glen International announced Monday, June 10, 2019 that it’s not hosting the anniversary event. Watkins Glen issued a two-sentence statement Monday saying it had terminated the site license for the festival “pursuant to provisions of the contract.”(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
June 10, 2019 - 2:53 pm
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — The fate of the Woodstock 50 festival was cast further into doubt Monday afternoon when Watkins Glen International announced it's not hosting the anniversary event. Watkins Glen issued a two-sentence statement saying it had terminated the site license for the upstate New...
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Charles "Chase" Merritt, left, reacts after being found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder of the McStay family, in court at the San Bernardino Superior Court in San Bernardino, Calif., on Monday, June 10, 2019. Merritt is charged in the bludgeoning deaths of his business associate Joseph McStay, McStay's wife, Summer, and the couple’s 3- and 4-year-old sons. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Orange County Register via AP, Pool)
June 10, 2019 - 2:49 pm
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man was convicted Monday of bludgeoning a couple and their two little boys to death, then burying their bodies in a remote desert area where the crime remained hidden until an off-roader stumbled across skeletal remains. After a trial that spanned...
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FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 file photo, Mayor Buddy Dyer, center right, and then-Police Chief John Mina, center left, arrive for a news conference after the mass shooting at the Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Mina, now the Orange County, Fla., sheriff, says after the attack, police officers were equipped with another layer of body armor that stops rifle rounds. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
June 10, 2019 - 2:35 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Only days before the third anniversary of the worst attack on gay people in the U.S., members of central Florida's congressional delegation said Monday they were introducing legislation that would designate as a national memorial the gay nightclub where 49 people were massacred...
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Tim Jones' grandmother, Roberta Thornsberry, wipes here eyes while testifying during the sentencing phase of the trial of Tim Jones, Jr. in Lexington, S.C., Monday, June 10, 2019. Timothy Jones, Jr. was found guilty of killing his 5 young children in 2014. (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP, Pool)
June 10, 2019 - 10:52 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The grandmother of a man who killed his five children asked a jury Monday to spare his life for the murders because her family has seen so much death and sadness. Roberta Thornsberry testified that along with losing her five great-grandchildren after Timothy Jones Jr. killed...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 18, 2019 file photo, Oyub Titiev, the head of a Chechnya branch of the prominent human rights group Memorial, gestures while standing behind bars in court after a hearing in Shali, Russia. A court in Russia's province of Chechnya has on Monday, June 10, 2019 ruled to grant early release to Titiyev, a prominent rights activist whose conviction has drawn an international outcry. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File)
June 10, 2019 - 9:40 am
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — A court in the Russian province of Chechnya granted parole Monday to a prominent rights activist whose conviction drew an international outcry. Oyub Titiyev, who led the Chechen office of prominent rights group Memorial, has been in custody since being arrested in January 2018...
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June 10, 2019 - 8:26 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who pleaded guilty to trying to fight for the Islamic State group is being sentenced. Federal court documents show sentencing is set for Monday morning for 20-year-old Zakaryia Abdin in Charleston. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Abdin pleaded guilty...
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June 10, 2019 - 7:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who argued they should be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including sleeping. The high court said Monday that federal law applies to the workers and doesn't require them to...
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In this June 5, 2019, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. President Donald Trump says it's "case closed," but Democrats are just getting started with special counsel Robert Mueller. Holding the first in a series of hearings on Mueller's report, Democrats this coming week are intensifying their focus on the Russia probe and picking up the pace on an investigative "path," in the words of Pelosi, that some hope leads to impeachment. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 10, 2019 - 12:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democratic leaders may be in no rush to launch an impeachment inquiry, but the party is launching a series of hearings this week on special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The slate of televised sessions on Mueller's report means a new, intensified focus on the Russia probe...
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