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Woman receives probation in DuPont economic espionage case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:54 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused with her husband and former DuPont employees of stealing and selling trade secrets to China for a highly coveted whitener has been sentenced to three years of probation.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White also ordered Christina Liew Tuesday to pay $6 million in restitution.

Liew pleaded guilty to conspiracy to tamper with evidence earlier this year as part of an agreement with prosecutors that called for her to receive probation, not prison time.

Red Sox manager meets President Barack Obama at hotel gym

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:45 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Just like any other morning on a Boston Red Sox road trip, interim manager Torey Lovullo woke up and headed for the gym at the team hotel.

Only this time, he met a new exercise partner during an unforgettable workout that was anything but routine.

When Lovullo arrived to lift weights, there was President Barack Obama pumping iron in a long-sleeve T-shirt and sweats. Lovullo introduced himself and talked baseball with Obama, who was in New York this week for his annual trip to the United Nations.

Feds: Guard's beating caused 2012 Rikers Island inmate death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City jail guard faces up to life in prison after federal prosecutors upgraded charges against him in the 2012 beating death of a Rikers Island inmate.

In court papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) said an autopsy found that Brian Coll kicked Ronald Spear repeatedly in the head, resulting in his death.

The 45-year-old Coll and a colleague were arrested in June. Coll had been charged only with causing injuries to Spear.

Texas county denies excessive-force claims in man's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:40 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Authorities in Texas are denying allegations that sheriff's deputies used excessive force when they fatally shot a man who appeared in a video of the incident to have his hands raised.

In court filings, Bexar (BEAR) County categorically denied the allegations of excessive use of force made by the family of 41-year-old Gilbert Flores in a federal civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit filed earlier this month against the county, sheriff's office and two deputies involved seeks unspecified compensation for damages.

Judge revokes bail for Chinese billionaire's chief assistant

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Bail has been revoked for the chief assistant to a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul at the center of a Democratic campaign fundraising scandal in the 1990s.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn withdrew Jeff C. Yin's $1 million bail after prosecutors said he had lied repeatedly to investigators. The Manhattan jurist said she could no longer trust he would not flee.

Prosecutors said he had failed to reveal he had a Chinese passport and access to a half million dollars in cash when he was arrested earlier this month.

Mormons acknowledge early polygamy days at renovated museum

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:30 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's renovated history museum reopening this week in Salt Lake City features a small and surprising display about an uncomfortable part of the faith's history that for generations has been glossed over: polygamy.

The display is tucked inside a revamped museum that tells the story of how the church was founded and formed in the eastern U.S. from 1820-1846 before Mormons trekked across the country to settle in Utah.

Bill Clinton: Trump attacks on Hillary Clinton 'fact-free'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:27 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says Donald Trump's attacks on his wife, Hillary, are "fact-free" and that presidential candidates "shouldn't be able to insult (their) way to the White House."

Clinton was asked Tuesday by CNN's Erin Burnett about Trump's claims that Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was "perhaps the worst secretary of state in history."

Father of high school shooter found guilty of gun charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:17 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury has found a Washington state man guilty of illegally owning firearms, including the handgun his son used to kill four of his friends and himself last year in a high school cafeteria.

Raymond Fryberg was convicted Tuesday of six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. He was the subject of a 2002 domestic violence protection order that prohibited from having firearms.

The jury rejected Fryberg's claim that he didn't know about the protection order and therefore didn't know he couldn't have guns.

2 constables convicted in woman's arrest over unpaid ticket

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 07:08 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has ruled two Pittsburgh constables "abused their power" when they handcuffed a woman and dragged her by her legs out of her home over an unpaid parking ticket.

Allegheny County Judge Beth Lazzara on Tuesday convicted Christian Constantini and Michael Lowman of simple assault, reckless endangerment, official oppression and conspiracy. Both remain free on bond pending their December sentencing.

Police: Man stumbles during robbery attempt, kills partner

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 06:51 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A man planned to rob a Phoenix home but stumbled walking up to it — setting off his revolver and fatally shooting his co-conspirator, police say.

Authorities say that after his arrest, Jose Perez-Torres admitted to the Sept. 25 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Eric Hernandez-Tellez. Phoenix police say the 21-year-old Perez-Torres initially fled the scene, but they caught up with him later in Tempe.

He was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and other charges stemming from warrants.

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