Violent crime

Alek Minassian, top, is seen during a police interview in a still frame taken from handout video footage. A newly released video shows a man accused of driving a van into pedestrians in Toronto and killing 10 people telling police he accomplished his mission and that he’s part of an online group of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex. (Superior Court of Justice/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 2:52 am
TORONTO (AP) — A newly released video shows a man who allegedly used a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto telling police that belonged to an online community of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex. Alek Minassian faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16...
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 photo, Amber Guyger, center, walks flanked by security while arriving for her murder trial at the Frank Crowley Courthouse in downtown Dallas. Security has been ramped up around the white former Dallas police officer’s high-profile trial for murder in the killing of her unarmed black neighbor. The Dallas Police Association says threats have forced the group to hire private security for Guyger and her lawyers. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
September 26, 2019 - 9:07 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Four Texas officers carrying handguns wait in the dim early morning light for a petite 31-year-old woman to arrive. When Amber Guyger emerges from a black SUV, she is guarded by men with dark suits and close-cropped hair. The armed officers join them, forming a perimeter around Guyger...
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Ronald Haskell is led into the courtroom to hear the verdict in his capital murder trial, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Houston. Haskell who said voices in his head told him to kill six members of his ex-wife’s family in Texas, including four children, was found guilty of capital murder Thursday by a jury that rejected his insanity defense. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
September 26, 2019 - 7:16 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A man who said voices in his head told him to kill six members of his ex-wife's family in Texas, including four children, was found guilty of capital murder Thursday by a jury that rejected his insanity defense. A seventh family member testified at trial that Ronald Lee Haskell...
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September 26, 2019 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will send one Patriot missile battery and four radar systems to Saudi Arabia, in what officials have said are the first steps to help the kingdom protect itself against Iranian attacks. Two more Patriot batteries and a THAAD missile defense system will be...
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Pope Francis greets nuns during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 26, 2019 - 11:16 am
ROME (AP) — A Togolese nun has successfully defended a first-ever dissertation at a Vatican-sanctioned university on the sexual abuse of nuns by priests in the latest evidence of a problem confronting the Catholic Church in the #MeToo era. Sister Makamatine Lembo was awarded summa cum laude at her...
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September 26, 2019 - 6:08 am
SALEM, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a store clerk at a New Jersey gas station pointed a gun at a suspected shoplifter and forced him to strip naked. Amit Saraswat is charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and two weapons charges. It's not known if he's retained an attorney. The...
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Ronald Haskell is led into the courtroom for closing arguments in his capital murder trial, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Houston. Haskell is on trial for the 2014 shooting of six members of his ex-wife's family in suburban Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
September 25, 2019 - 5:01 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A man who claims he was insane when he fatally shot six members of his ex-wife's family in their suburban Houston home, including four children, clearly understood he was doing wrong, and his actions were motivated by vengeance not mental illness, prosecutors told jurors at his...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert Sparks. The Texas inmate who says he is intellectually disabled is set to be executed Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, 2019, for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in their North Texas home that also killed his wife. Sparks, 45, faces lethal injection for the September 2007 slayings of 9-year-old Harold Sublet and 10-year-old Raekwon Agnew in their Dallas home. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
September 25, 2019 - 12:23 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who says he's intellectually disabled is set to be executed Wednesday evening for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during an attack more than 12 years ago in their North Texas home that also killed his wife. Robert Sparks, 45, is facing lethal injection for...
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September 25, 2019 - 11:24 am
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A grand jury declined to bring charges against an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill man who assaulted him in a Southern California Costco warehouse, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Wednesday. Officer Salvador Sanchez, a...
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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from "Joker," in theaters on Oct. 4. Alarmed by violence depicted in a trailer for the upcoming movie “Joker,” some relatives of victims of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting asked distributor Warner Bros. on Tuesday to commit to gun control causes. Twelve people were killed in the suburban Denver theater during a midnight showing of the Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” also distributed by Warner Bros. (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
September 24, 2019 - 3:07 pm
DENVER (AP) — Alarmed by violence depicted in a trailer for the upcoming movie "Joker," some relatives of victims of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting asked distributor Warner Bros. on Tuesday to commit to gun control causes. Sandy Phillips' daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was one of 12 people killed...
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