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Police: Man detained children after mistaking pen for bullet

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man is facing charges after police said he held a group of children against their will when the thought one of them had a .50-caliber round. Police say the boy actually just had a pen. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Danny ...

Exhausted cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

NEW YORK (AP) - Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of George Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: a surge in shootings that has left dozens dead, including young children. The spike defies easy explanation, experts say, pointing ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 8, the 190th day of 2020. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 2000, Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (3) for her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first Black ...

Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student, dies

SEATTLE (AP) - Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted of raping him in a case that drew international headlines, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told multiple news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday of cancer. He did not ...

Texas set to resume executions after delay during pandemic

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas death row inmate condemned for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday, as the nation’s busiest death penalty state prepared to resume executions following a five-month delay during the coronavirus pandemic. Prosecutors say Billy Joe ...

John Roberts hospitalized after fall last month

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts spent a night in a hospital last month after he fell and injured his forehead, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Tuesday night. Roberts was walking for exercise near his home June 21 when he fell, court spokeswoman Kathleen L. Arberg said in an emailed ...

July 14 bail hearing date set for Epstein's ex-girlfriend

NEW YORK (AP) - Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend will appear remotely by video for a July 14 courthouse arraignment and bail hearing on charges she recruited girls for him to sexually abuse over two decades ago, a judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan set the date in an ...

Mary Kay Letourneau dies at 58

The former schoolteacher who became notorious for sexually abusing one of her students and having his children in the 1990s has died. Mary Kay Letourneau died of cancer at age 58, NBC News reported. BREAKING: Mary Kay Letourneau, the former teacher who was convicted of 2nd-degree ...

Black Lives Matter mural defacing in Martinez, California leads to charges

A pair of Martinez, California residents accused of painting over a Black Lives Matter mural were charged with hate crimes, local authorities said late Tuesday. Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, were each charged with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime, the Contra County District Attorney said in ...

Man in alleged police chokehold arrested in separate assault

NEW YORK (AP) - A man whose takedown by police last month led to an officer being charged for using what officials said was an illegal chokehold has himself been taken into custody in connection with an attempted robbery and slashing, the New York Police Department said Tuesday. Ricky Bellevue, ...

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