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Man whose fireworks led to botched LAPD detonation sentenced
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Man whose fireworks led to botched LAPD detonation sentenced

A South Los Angeles man whose cache of illegal fireworks blew up a neighborhood in a bungled police bomb squad detonation, injuring 17 people and displacing dozens, has been sentenced to federal prison LOS ANGELES — A South Los Angeles man whose cache of illegal fireworks blew up a neighborhood in a bungled police bomb...

Weinstein lawyer presses woman over absence of rape evidence
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Weinstein lawyer presses woman over absence of rape evidence

LOS ANGELES — An attorney for Harvey Weinstein peppered a woman with questions Wednesday on the lack of forensic evidence that the movie magnate raped her in 2013, or that he was even at the hotel where she says the assault occurred. “You don’t have any physical evidence to present to this jury that any...

Suspended Georgia sheriff convicted of civil rights abuses
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Suspended Georgia sheriff convicted of civil rights abuses

ATLANTA — A federal jury on Wednesday returned a guilty verdict on six of seven charges against a suspended Georgia sheriff accused of violating the constitutional rights of people in his custody by unnecessarily strapping them into restraint chairs. Prosecutors said Victor Hill, who was suspended as Clayton County sheriff after his indictment last year,...

Man who filmed shooting response acquitted of obstruction
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Man who filmed shooting response acquitted of obstruction

BOULDER, Colo. — Dean Schiller had just left a Colorado supermarket after shopping last year when he heard gunshots and saw three people lying face down. The independent, part-time journalist, began livestreaming on his YouTube channel, before officers arrived, and later refused dozens of police orders to move away. He would later learn that a...

Woman sues over ban on feeding homeless people in parks
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Woman sues over ban on feeding homeless people in parks

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. — A woman who was arrested for feeding homeless people in northwest Arizona is suing over a local ordinance that regulates food-sharing events in public parks. Norma Thornton, 78, became the first person arrested under Bullhead City’s ordinance in March for distributing prepared food from a van at Bullhead Community Park. Her...

Delivery driver charged with killing runner pleads guilty
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Delivery driver charged with killing runner pleads guilty

WORCESTER, Mass. — A delivery driver charged with killing a Google employee from New York who went missing while out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home six years ago pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday. Angelo Colon-Ortiz’s plea in the Aug. 7, 2016, death of Vanessa Marcotte, 27, came just days after the...

Ex-Teamsters’ boss gets 19 months in Chicago extortion case
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Ex-Teamsters’ boss gets 19 months in Chicago extortion case

CHICAGO — A former Teamsters union boss who was once one of the most powerful labor leaders in Chicago was sentenced Wednesday to 19 months in federal prison for extorting $325,000 from the head of a film studio in the city. The sentence comes more than three years after John Coli Sr. pleaded guilty to...

San Diego doctor charged in death of inmate in county jail
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San Diego doctor charged in death of inmate in county jail

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego doctor was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 24-year-old female inmate who collapsed in front of a nurse, who was also charged in the case. Dr. Friederike Von Lintig, 57, was arraigned in San Diego Superior Court in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon...

Man convicted of killing 6 with SUV in Christmas parade
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Man convicted of killing 6 with SUV in Christmas parade

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin man was convicted Wednesday of killing six people and injuring dozens of others when he drove his SUV through a Christmas parade last year, ending a trial in which he defended himself erratically and sometimes confrontationally. It took the jury a little over three hours to find Darrell Brooks guilty...

Richmond gets court win in lingering Confederate statue case
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Richmond gets court win in lingering Confederate statue case

RICHMOND, Va. — A judge has sided with Richmond officials in a lawsuit over whether the Virginia city can remove a final Confederate monument and the remains of a rebel general interred beneath it. Circuit Court Judge David Eugene Cheek Sr. said in a ruling Tuesday that city officials — not the descendants of A.P....