Criminal investigations

FILE - In this July 25, 2019 file photo John Nicholas, brother of Rhogena Nicholas, lowers his head next to a photo of his sister during a news conference in Houston. A former Houston police officer has been charged with felony murder in connection with a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple and injured several officers, prosecutors announced Friday, Aug. 23. Killed in the shooting were 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
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August 23, 2019 - 7:50 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston police officer has been charged with murder in connection with the deadly January drug raid of a home that killed a couple who lived there and injured five officers, prosecutors announced Friday. Former Officer Gerald Goines, who was shot in the ensuing gunfight...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. An Illinois judge seems close to appointing a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against Smollett accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. A hearing Friday, Aug. 23 will be one of the first opportunities for Judge Michael Toomin to name someone since his surprise ruling in June that a special prosecutor was warranted. Among the options available to a special prosecutor would be to restore charges against Smollett. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
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August 23, 2019 - 6:57 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why the Chicago state's attorney's office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former "Empire" actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself...
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. France opened an investigation on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 into the rape of minors and a raft of other charges linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case, the chief Paris prosecutor announced. A statement by prosecutor Remy Heitz said the decision to open a preliminary investigation was based on “elements transmitted” to his office and “exchanges with American authorities, competent in the so-called Epstein affair.” (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)
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August 23, 2019 - 3:28 pm
PARIS (AP) — France opened an investigation on Friday into the alleged rape of minors and a raft of other charges linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case, broadening the search to uncover potential victims and accomplices of the financier two weeks after he killed himself. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz...
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August 23, 2019 - 12:05 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian prosecutors say they have launched an investigation into a bribery scheme involving Microsoft's Hungarian office. The Central Investigative Chief Prosecution Office said Friday that its probe is focusing on "fraud causing extraordinarily significant damages" and...
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Greg Craig, former White House counsel to former President Barack Obama, walks into a federal courthouse for his trial, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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August 22, 2019 - 8:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a key cooperator in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, testified Thursday against a prominent Washington attorney accused of concealing information from the Justice Department about work done for the government of Ukraine. Gates, a former campaign...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder announces that 39-year-old Zachary David O'Neill has pleaded guilty to the brutal 1998 killing of 18-year-old Miranda Fenner, during a news conference in Billings, Mont. The case garnered national attention at the time of the killing but frustrated law enforcement when it remained unsolved. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
August 22, 2019 - 7:43 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — More than 17 years after he slashed the throat of a teenage clerk while robbing a Montana video store, Zachary O'Neill says guilt overcame him and he tried to tell authorities. But it was another three years after he first confessed in a psychiatric hospital, and later to...
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In this undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections, Gary Ray Bowles is shown. Bowles is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach in November 1994. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 2:43 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't hard for Daytona Beach police to figure out who killed John Hardy Roberts in March 1994: Gary Ray Bowles left a probation document at the scene and also was caught on an ATM camera trying to withdraw money from Roberts' account. He later confessed. What proved...
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In this Monday, April 16, 2018, photo shows The Malheur Enterprise, a small weekly newspaper located in the agricultural town of Vale, east of Ontario, Ore. Journalists in Oregon and beyond have risen in defense of a small newspaper that is being investigated by a county sheriff for trying to get comments after business hours for an investigative story. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote eastern Oregon town of Vale, say they are just doing their job. (E.J. Harris/East Oregonian via AP) /East Oregonian via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 12:42 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journalists are defending a small Oregon newspaper after a county attorney asked the sheriff to investigate whether a reporter broke the law by trying to get comments from a government official on a weekend. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote...
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August 21, 2019 - 12:10 pm
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Police in Bulgaria are investigating several bomb threats sent by email to media outlets in the capital, Sofia, and to major airports in the country. Special police teams on Wednesday searched the airports in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas, as well as the offices of...
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In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell’s lawyers argued in his appeal that there were more than a dozen “solid obstacles” that should have prevented a jury from finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of molesting two choirboys. The appeal court will give their verdict on Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 21, 2019 - 6:14 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its...
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