Violent crime

FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington, after the start of his first-degree murder trial. A federal judge has sentenced a former Blackwater security contractor to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
August 28, 2019 - 2:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former State Department contractor sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting deaths of unarmed Iraqi civilians is asking for a new trial because of what he says is newly discovered evidence. Lawyers for former Blackwater employee Nicholas Slatten said they...
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Matthew Thomas Bernard puts his hands on Keeling Baptist Church groundskeeper Loyd Gauldin, as a state police officer attempts to take him into custody on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 in Keeling, Va. The wife, toddler son and mother-in-law of minor league baseball player Blake Bivens have been killed. Bernard, Bivens’ brother-in-law, has been charged with first-degree murder. (Caleb Ayers/Danville Register & Bee via AP)
August 28, 2019 - 1:38 pm
CHATHAM, Va. (AP) — The wife, son and mother-in-law of a minor league baseball pitcher are dead and a relative has been charged with three counts of murder in a tiny community in southern Virginia. Authorities said Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, was arrested after police warned of a dangerous gunman...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. County commissioners in Nevada have agreed to a $3 million settlement with Woods, who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence tied to a crime-scene cigarette butt. The National Registry of Exonerations says Cathy Woods was the longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history. The Washoe County Commission approved the settlement Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
August 28, 2019 - 1:37 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada woman who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence on a crime-scene cigarette butt will get $3 million in a partial settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit, her lawyer said Wednesday. Cathy Woods, 68, will...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew delivers the keynote speech of the Japan-UK security cooperation conference in Tokyo. Prince Andrew in a statement Saturday Aug. 24, 2019 denied any knowledge of criminal behavior by one-time friend Jeffrey Epstein who killed himself in a New York jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
August 28, 2019 - 4:35 am
LONDON (AP) — An alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein who claims she was also farmed out for sex with Britain's Prince Andrew has challenged the British royal to speak up, saying: "He knows exactly what he's done and I hope he comes clean about it." The jet-setting middle son of Queen Elizabeth II was...
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Ronald Haskell, center, appears in Judge George Powell's courtroom for his capital murder trial in the 2014 massacre of a Spring family Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Houston. Haskell traveled from California to suburban Houston in 2014 and stalked his ex-wife's family for two days before killing six of them as part of his plan to harm anyone who had helped his former spouse, a Texas prosecutor told jurors Monday. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)
August 27, 2019 - 2:39 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A young woman says she begged her uncle "please don't hurt us" before he fatally shot her parents and four siblings and shot her in the head in their suburban Houston home. Cassidy Stay testified Tuesday at the capital murder trial of Ronald Lee Haskell, who is accused in the July...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2019 file photo former critical care doctor William Husel, center, pleads not guilty to murder charges while appearing with defense attorney Richard Blake, right, in Franklin County Court in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio hospital system that found Husel ordered excessive painkillers for about three dozen patients who died has reached settlements totaling $9 million in lawsuits over two deaths. Those are much larger than previous settlements in cases involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and fired doctor William Husel.(AP Photo/Kantele Franko, File)
August 27, 2019 - 9:52 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hospital system that found an intensive care doctor ordered excessive painkillers for about three dozen patients who died has reached settlements totaling $9 million in lawsuits over two deaths, which would be the highest known payouts so far in the related wrongful-...
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August 27, 2019 - 2:57 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in southern Sweden say they have found what they believe is the gun used to kill a woman in a suspected gang-related slaying which Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has called "an unbelievably cruel act." The 31-year-old woman, who reportedly was carrying a child in her...
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FILE - This Feb. 9, 2019 file photo shows A$AP Rocky at Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Swedish court on Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019 found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm says he and his two bodyguards "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground."(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 27, 2019 - 12:44 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor says he won't appeal a verdict against American rapper A$AP Rocky and his two bodyguards who were found guilty of assault for a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm. Daniel Suneson said Tuesday the Stockholm District Court "has dismissed the plea of self...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson holds a news conference at city hall in St. Louis. At a news conference, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, Krewson said the city is suffering a rash of child deaths by gunfire this summer and will offer a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the killing of four children. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
August 26, 2019 - 7:08 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — From huge rewards to calls for allowing Missouri cities to enact their own gun laws, leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City are grappling with a troubling rise in shooting deaths, especially those involving children. This past weekend was especially violent. In Kansas City, four men...
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Kevin French react as his father, Russell French, describe the family's ordeal during a news conference in Corona, Calif., Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Russell and his wife, Paola French, were shot by an off-duty LAPD officer in the same incident where their son, Kenneth French, was killed by the same officer at a Costco in June. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)
August 26, 2019 - 6:20 pm
CORONA, Calif. (AP) — The parents of a mentally ill man who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer in a California Costco store called for him to be criminally charged as they recover from their own gunshot wounds. Salvador Sanchez, a Los Angeles police officer, has said he opened fire...
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