Prosecutors seeking the death penalty against Lonnie Franklin Jr. began outlining evidence Thursday of five additional slayings they say he committed, including one during his apparent hiatus.
Two other U.S. citizens of Gambian descent who pleaded guilty with the coup plot leader, Cherno Njie, 58, received six-month prison terms, and a third was sentenced to time already served, federal prosecutors said. The below-guideline sentences, more lenient than those recommended by federal prosecutors, were handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle in Minnesota, where the case originated. Ben Petok, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota, declined to comment on the rationale for the relatively light punishment leveled against the four men.
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HOUSTON (AP) — The governing board of the biggest school district in Texas has voted to rename seven schools previously named for Confederate leaders.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of one of the "Grim Sleeper's" murder victims slowly made her way to the witness stand Thursday, using a cane to steady herself under the grief she's been carrying for nearly 30 years.
NEW YORK (AP) — A man offering "free hugs" in New York's Times Square is accused of punching a Canadian tourist in the face after she refused to tip him for his hug and a photo.
ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit newspaper is suing a suburb after receiving two littering tickets for delivering a free weekly shopping guide to residents.
NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by Frida Kahlo set a new auction record for the Mexican painter when it sold for $8 million at Christie's sale of impressionist and modern art Thursday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — More than 3,000 checked bags missed their outbound flights in Phoenix on Thursday because of a problem with a screening system at Sky Harbor International Airport, officials with Transportation Security Administration said.
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A small plane carrying 17 skydivers clipped a pickup then landed upside-down in a vineyard, officials said Thursday, but the worst injuries were minor cuts and scrapes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dump will jump no more.
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who survived being shot multiple times by Chicago police officers investigating a robbery of his beauty supply business has lost a lawsuit he filed against the officers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a mountain of bills addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, fueled by lawmakers' bipartisan craving for election-year action on the deadly epidemic. Yet the measures are leaving anti-drug advocates underwhelmed, and Congress won't decide till later how much money it's willing to provide.
A 37-year-old Brownsville, Texas, man was killed after being struck in the head and neck early on Wednesday by a falling 6-foot-long, 6-inch-diameter pipe while working at Exxon Mobil Corp's Beaumont, Texas refinery, a sheriff's office spokesman said on Thursday. Miguel Barron was on an elevated platform working on a heat exchanger when he was struck by the pipe at about 12:30 a.m. CDT (1.30 a.m. ET) Wednesday, said Deputy Marcus McLellan, public information officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Barron was initially treated by the refinery's emergency medical personnel but had died by the time Jefferson County deputies arrived at about 1:30 a.m., McLellan said.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators say they have found evidence that suggests a toddler suffered a serious injury two days before his stepfather reported him missing in 2002 from a San Diego playground, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.
A Chicago man suspected of shooting three people to death, including the mother of one of his children, took his own life after an 11-hour standoff with police, authorities said on Thursday. Kevin Robinson, 29, was found dead in a second-floor bedroom on Chicago's South Side shortly after 3 p.m. local time, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a gun in his hand, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a phone interview. Police took up positions around the house and threw gas canisters into the home to force Robinson out, Guglielmi said.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The marshal for the U.S. Western District of Texas resigned Thursday after the Justice Department warned that he would be fired for misusing his office if he didn't resign.
Firefighters in Abington, Montgomery County battled a house fire Thursday evening.
The U.S. Navy said on Thursday that it had fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf in January and were briefly held by Iran in an incident that risked becoming an international crisis. The Navy said in a statement that it had lost confidence in Commander Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the coastal riverine squadron that included the 10 sailors. Rasch became the first person to be publicly singled out after a preliminary investigation into the incident that occurred near Farsi Island in the Gulf.