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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Centre County, Pa., District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces findings an investigation into the death of Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right, as his parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, second and third from left, stand nearby during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. Parks is scheduled to release grand jury recommendations Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, on the fraternity culture at Penn State. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
December 15, 2017 - 10:41 am
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury's report in the wake of a fraternity pledge's drinking death said Friday that Penn State officials displayed "a shocking apathy" to dangers from excessive drinking and that its inaction allowed criminal acts to occur. The report was released by a district...
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Former Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev waits for his hearing at a court in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. A Moscow court is expected to deliver a verdict in the case of former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev who is on trial for accepting a $2 million bribe from a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
December 15, 2017 - 8:13 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's former economics minister was handed an eight-year prison sentence Friday after being convicted of accepting a $2 million bribe from President Vladimir Putin's top associate. The high-profile trial of Alexei Ulyukayev has been widely seen as part of infighting between Kremlin...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, people fly into the air as a vehicle is driven into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. James Alex Fields Jr., the man accused of driving into the crowd demonstrating against a white nationalist protest, killing one person and injuring many more, has a preliminary court hearing Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP, File)
December 15, 2017 - 7:28 am
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo speaks from the bench in Chicago. A question raised nationwide about whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of landmark hearings in Chicago.A rare panel of federal trial judges including Castillo begins two days of hearings Thursday Dec. 14, 2017, on the stings. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green File)
December 15, 2017 - 12:46 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Dueling experts deployed statistics to make their case Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago in a first-of-its-kind hearing to determine if phony drug stash-house stings run by federal agents dating back to the 1990s are racially biased. More than 40 people convicted in such...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, emergency crews stand in front of the site of a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif. A fire department captain said during a court hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, that one of the men charged in a warehouse fire in California that killed 36 people told him no one lived in the building during a September 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
December 14, 2017 - 8:22 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of 36 partygoers in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner cited testimony describing the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., answers a question from a reporter before entering the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J. Menendez has a message for the Justice Department: Try to prosecute him again on corruption charges or drop it. Menendez, whose bribery trial ended in a hung jury last month, said Dec. 14 that he wants the charges thrown out and is seeking a decision by mid-January by government prosecutors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
December 14, 2017 - 7:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has a message for the Justice Department: Try to prosecute me again on corruption charges or drop it. The New Jersey lawmaker, whose bribery trial ended in a hung jury last month, said Thursday that he wants the charges thrown out and is seeking a...
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Zenobia Dobson hugs Assistant District Attorney Phil Morton Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn., after a jury convicted Christopher Bassett of first degree murder and Kipling Colbert Jr. and Gregory Williams III of facilitation in the killing of her son Zaevion Dobson. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 6:29 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors found one defendant guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and two others guilty on a lesser charge of facilitation of first-degree murder in the 2015 death of a Tennessee teen who was lauded for courageously shielding his friends from gunfire. Christopher Drone...
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December 14, 2017 - 6:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady were sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for drug conspiracy convictions by a judge who said their ineptness at their criminal craft and otherwise crimeless background earned them leniency. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty said Efrain...
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December 14, 2017 - 4:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Closing arguments at the U.S. corruption trial of three former South American soccer officials concluded Thursday with the lawyer for an ex-president of Brazil's soccer federation claiming his client was clueless about a bribery scheme and a prosecutor saying the testimony of the...
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December 14, 2017 - 3:57 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A man who spent nearly eight years on the run after a slaying in Atlanta has been convicted and sentenced to prison. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said in a news release Wednesday that jurors found 31-year-old Brandon Williams guilty of murder for the May 10, 2008,...
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