Chicago prosecutor dropping R. Kelly sex-abuse charges

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago prosecutor said Monday that she’s dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly Following federal convictions in two courts that should guarantee the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced the decision a day ahead of a hearing related to state charges … Read more

Farm where 4 were killed had separate shooting last summer | National News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California mushroom farm where four people were killed Monday had another shooting last July where one manager attempted to kill another. Court documents and a case summary from the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office show California Terra Garden manager Martin Medina was charged with attempted murder after he threatened … Read more

Suspect in shootings at Half Moon Bay farms was employee

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — An agricultural worker killed seven people in back-to-back shootings at two mushroom farms that had employed him in Northern California and the massacre is believed to be a “workplace violence incident,” officials said Tuesday as the state mourned its third mass killing in eight days. Officers arrested 66-year-old Chunli … Read more

Des Moines school shooting: Live updates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old man was charged with murder in Monday’s killing of two teenagers at an alternative educational program for at-risk youth in Des Moines. Police said Preston Walls of Des Moines is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the Monday shooting at Starts … Read more

Live updates: Shooter on loose after deadly mass shooting near LA

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — The hunt for a gunman who killed 10 people at a ballroom dance club during Lunar New Year celebrations ended Sunday when authorities found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the van in which he fled after a second shooting was thwarted . Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert … Read more

Trump executive Allen Weisselberg gets 5-month jail sentence

NEW YORK (AP) — Allen Weisselberg, a longtime executive for Donald Trump ‘s business empire, was taken into custody Tuesday to begin serving a five-month jail term for dodging taxes on $1.7 million in job perks—a punishment the judge who sentenced him said was probably too lenient for a case “driven entirely by greed. ” … Read more

‘Prophet of Doom’ pleads guilty in Brooklyn subway attack

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who opened fire on a packed Brooklyn subway train last year, wounding 10 passengers in a rush-hour attack that shocked New York City, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal terrorism charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. Frank James, 63, who posted online that … Read more

‘Torso Killer’ admits killing 5 women decades ago near NYC | Latest News

MINEOLA, NY (AP) — A serial slayer known as the “Torso Killer” already convicted of 11 homicides admitted on Monday that he also killed five women on Long Island in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Richard Cottingham was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life for the slaying of 23-year-old Diane Cusick, who was … Read more

Court reinstates ban on lobster gear to protect right whales | Latest News

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal circuit court has reinstated a ban on lobster fishing gear in a nearly 1,000-square-mile area off New England to try to protect endangered whales. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued new regulations last year that prohibited lobster fishing with vertical buoy lines in part of the fall and winter in … Read more

Ex-Minneapolis officer pleads guilty in George Floyd killing

MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, admitting that he intentionally helped restrain the Black man in a way that created an unreasonable risk and caused his death. As part of Thomas Lane’s plea agreement, a … Read more