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After 9 years, Times Square hotel murder case headed to jury

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:51am

A nearly decade-old murder case over a prostitute's death in a shabby Times Square hotel will soon go to a jury after being drawn out by debate over the scientific validity of bite-mark evidence.

Man charged in stepdaughter's slaying; body was in suitcase

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:51am

A New York man has been charged with killing his 21-year-old stepdaughter and dumping her body in a suitcase that was found floating in a river last year.

Special-needs Texas teens found in 'deplorable' conditions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:51am

A sheriff says seven special-needs teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old have been removed from "deplorable" conditions at a Houston-area home where they were locked for long periods in a closet.

Uncle accused of kidnapping girl now charged with rape

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:40am

A Tennessee man who police say took his 9-year-old niece out of school and disappeared with her for more than a week has been indicted on sexual-assault charges.

Judge to weigh mental state of teen charged in girl's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:40am

A judge is set to begin considering whether a Utah teenager charged with sexually assaulting and killing a 12-year-old neighbor is mentally competent to stand trial.

The Latest: Biden jokes about 2020 bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:40am

The Latest on Congress (all times local):

Appeals court scrutinizes ex-CIA officer's leak conviction

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:33am

An attorney for a former CIA officer convicted of leaking government secrets to a reporter says prosecutors improperly introduced evidence that the ex-officer had mishandled other classified material.

After mistrial, slain SC man's family still expects justice

Bruce Smith and Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:20am

Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in his death.

The Latest: LA transit security boosted after subway threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:10am

The Latest on a threat against a Los Angeles subway station (all times local):

Guilty: Father murdered infant son while driving on highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:00am

A man spotted fatally beating his 4-month-old son while driving down a highway has been convicted of murder.

Head-on crash leaves New Jersey trooper, another man dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:00am

A rookie state trooper responding to a call for help was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed a grassy median and slammed into his cruiser head-on, authorities said.

Kentucky police: Woman points gun at officers, is shot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:00am

Police in Kentucky say officers shot a suicidal woman after she pointed a gun at them.

Student charged after Ohio police find guns, knives in dorm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

Police in Ohio say they found a shotgun, handgun and several knives in a college student's dorm room while investigating whether he had threatened his girlfriend.

Salt Lake County no longer required to offer Spanish ballots

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

Federal officials are no longer requiring Salt Lake County to offer voting assistance and ballots in Spanish because the county has fewer Spanish speakers with limited English proficiency.

Police: Uber driver made unwanted sexual advances, charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:40am

Police in the Pittsburgh suburbs say an Uber driver has been charged with indecent assault and harassment for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances toward a female passenger.

Governor probing racial bias in NY prisons after Times story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:40am

New York's governor has launched an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by The New York Times.

Report says Pentagon disregarded cost-cutting study

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:13am

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Defense Department disregarded an internal study that found it had a bloated bureaucracy and could cut $125 billion in administrative costs over five years. But a Pentagon spokesman said the study had limited value because it didn't take into account existing cost-cutting programs and lacked "actionable recommendations."

Judge again denies venue change in murder-for-hire trial

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:12am

After giving it a night's thought, a judge still believes he can find six impartial jurors to hear the trial of a Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Authorities: 2 children among 3 dead in Indiana house fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:10am

Authorities say a young woman, her baby and another child have died in a house fire in Indiana. A fourth person has been hospitalized.

Trump campaign manager Conway to lead Christmas parade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:03am

Republican President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager is returning to her New Jersey roots to lead a parade.