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Peterson case shifts to appeal, missing 4th wife

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — She loomed over Drew Peterson’s murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front …


Attention turns to Peterson’s missing 4th wife

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — She loomed over Drew Peterson’s murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front …


Family seeks to overturn governor’s commutation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento County judge will hear arguments Friday over whether former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger violated California law when he cut the manslaughter sentence for the son …


Attention now turns to Peterson’s 4th wife

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — She loomed over Drew Peterson’s murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front …


Mo. bishop’s bench trial averts longer jury trial

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge’s conviction of the first American bishop criminally charged in the clergy sex abuse scandal spared young victims in the case from a longer, …


Mo. bishop convicted for failing to report priest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first American bishop criminally charged in the clergy sex abuse scandal was found guilty Thursday of a misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected …


Wis. dad, friend charged in pit bull attack on son

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man who suspected an 18-year-old visiting his home of stealing morphine and gold coins was charged Thursday with tying the teen by his ankles and …


Jury convicts Drew Peterson of 3rd wife’s death

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson — the crass former Illinois police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger wife vanished in 2007 — was convicted Thursday of murdering a …


Attorneys: Fort Hood suspect offered guilty plea

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre twice offered to plead guilty and “accept full responsibility” for the crime earlier this year, …


US feds investigate reported fatal border shooting

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says federal officials are investigating after the Mexican government said a Mexican citizen was killed when an agent patrolling the Rio …


Peterson jury asks for definition of ‘unanimous’

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jurors deliberating the murder case against Drew Peterson sent a note to the judge Thursday asking for the definition of the word ‘unanimous’ — a request …


Judge orders Fort Hood suspect be clean-shaven

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage must be clean-shaven or will be forcibly shaved before his murder trial, a military …


Jury deliberates for 2nd day in Peterson trial

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois jury is deliberating for a second day in the Drew Peterson murder trial. The Will County jury reconvened Thursday after failing to reach a …


Judge may issue order for Fort Hood suspect beard

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A judge on Thursday was expected to issue a definitive order for the forcible beard shaving of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 …


Judge may order Fort Hood suspect’s beard shaved

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A judge on Thursday was expected to order the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage to have his beard shaved, …


Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win

Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society …


Day 2 of Peterson jury deliberations

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jurors are heading into a second day of deliberations at Drew Peterson’s murder trial. The panelists gathering again Thursday in Joliet have given no clear sign …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …