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  • In Peterson trial, jurors quickly confront hearsay

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — As they began deliberations Wednesday, jurors in Drew Peterson’s trial immediately zeroed in on the case’s trickiest issue: whether to believe secondhand hearsay statements that would …


  • Judge to hear case against KC bishop, diocese

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest is headed to a swift ending …


  • Secret Service probing theft of Romney tax records

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service says it’s investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s federal tax records before 2010. A letter sent anonymously to …


  • French judges to exhume Arafat body in West Bank

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The widow of Yasser Arafat said Wednesday that French investigators will soon visit the West Bank to dig up the remains of her husband in …


  • Jurors deliberate at Drew Peterson’s murder trial

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jurors at Drew Peterson’s murder trial withdrew Wednesday to begin deliberations on whether the former Illinois police sergeant murdered his third wife. Peterson pleaded not guilty …


  • Sheriff describes Ohio Amish beard-cutting scene

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The sheriff in a county with one of the nation’s biggest Amish settlements testified Wednesday that residents were upset and screaming after a community leader had his …


  • Police analyze PCP after 2 NJ children killed

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine if a contaminated batch of PCP is going around Camden after a child was decapitated and two other children’s throats were …


  • Jurors to begin deliberations at Peterson trial

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Now, it’s jurors’ turn. After years of speculation, national media attention and more than a month of testimony, allegations that Drew Peterson murdered his third wife …


  • Mass. inmate sex-change ruling praised, condemned

    BOSTON (AP) — A ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate is being praised by advocates as important recognition that the surgery is a legitimate …


  • Chance encounter prompts torture suspect’s arrest

    DENVER (AP) — A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in …


  • Attorneys in Peterson trial deliver closings

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in Drew Peterson’s murder trial implored jurors Tuesday to use common sense in assessing the circumstantial case against him, while the defense said the state …


  • Judge: Mass. must pay for killer’s sex change

    BOSTON (AP) — State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her …


  • Deliberations in Peterson trial to start Wednesday

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Defense attorneys told jurors at Drew Peterson’s murder trial Tuesday that the state’s case against him is “garbage evidence.” Prosecutors said it’s just common sense that …


  • Police: NJ boy, 6, killed saving sister in attack

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy whose throat was slashed by an intruder high on PCP-laced marijuana was killed trying to save his sister, coming to her aid as …


  • Pa. dad charged in drug-laced baby bottle death

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors believe a Philadelphia man put heroin and methadone in his infant son’s bottle to quiet him but instead killed him, two days before his first birthday. …


  • Plea changes set for 3 in Ohio bridge bomb plot

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday scheduled change-of-plea hearings for three of the four remaining defendants charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio — a …


  • Judge grants sex change for Mass. murder convict

    BOSTON (AP) — State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her …


  • Defense: Evidence against Drew Peterson ‘garbage’

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A defense lawyer at Drew Peterson’s murder trial has told jurors that the state presented “garbage evidence.” Attorney Joel Lopez said during his two-hour closing Tuesday …


  • Jackson estate, businessman settle copyright case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate and a businessman working with the singer’s mother settled a copyright infringement lawsuit for $2.5 million on Tuesday, shortly before a trial in …


  • Prosecutor gives closing in Drew Peterson case

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A prosecutor on Tuesday called on jurors to convict Drew Peterson of murder, saying there’s enough circumstantial evidence to warrant a guilty verdict against the former …


  • Prosecutor to jury: Clear Peterson killed 3rd wife

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A prosecutor has asked jurors to use “common sense” and to convict former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson of killing his third wife. Prosecutor Chris …


  • Judge orders sex change for Mass. murder convict

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered state prison officials to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder. U.S. District …


  • Why does Social Security need 174,000 bullets?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn’t take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point …


  • Closing arguments set to start in Peterson trial

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys deliver closing arguments at Drew Peterson’s trial Tuesday, after which jurors will begin deliberations on whether the state proved the former Illinois police officer murdered …


  • Medical marijuana backers seek inroads in South

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The home state of the president who didn’t inhale has become an unlikely front in the battle over medical marijuana. This fall, Arkansas will be …


  • NJ police seek answers in attack on sleeping kids

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — With his mother in the hospital and his father out of state, a 6-year-old boy and his siblings were under the care of a teenager when …


  • Police arrest man after South Hill stabbing

    Police said a man was stabbed in the throat on South Hill on Sunday.


  • Ex-Marine tweeted about killing co-workers in ‘09

    OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Unhappy with his life as a Marine stationed in California, Terence Tyler posed a question three years ago on Twitter: “is it normal to want …


  • Police provide more details on day care pot bust

    Following citizens’ questions about the amount of time it took detectives to arrest a woman charged with selling marijuana to high school students, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released more …


  • Ex-Marine tweeted about killing coworkers in ‘09

    OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Unhappy with his life as a Marine stationed in California, Terence Tyler posed a question three years ago on Twitter: “is it normal to want …

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