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  • Lawyers to present final arguments in Mafia boss trial

    Attorneys are preparing to make their final pitches to jurors in the case of a former New England Mafia boss charged in the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner. Closing arguments are expected Monday in Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme's trial. Salemme and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick,...

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  • The last Mafioso? 'Cadillac Frank' trial shows mob's decline

    Francis Salemme leaned forward in his chair and craned his neck to get a better look at the photo being shown to jurors. On the computer screen was Salemme with brown curly hair, at the time the New England Mafia boss known as "Cadillac Frank," holding court outside a hotel under the watchful...

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  • 'Jeopardy!' winner could get prison for sneaking into emails

    A seven-time "Jeopardy!" winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students. Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday...

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  • California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

    California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America's favorite beverage they can drink up without fear. The unprecedented action Friday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard...

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  • State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law

    A state appeals court has reinstated — at least for now — California's law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives. The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued an immediate stay Friday putting the End of Life Option back into effect. The court also gave opponents of...

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  • US ‘deeply dismayed’ over Maldives prison sentences

    The United States said it is dismayed by the prison sentences given to an ex-Maldivian president and two Supreme Court judges and urged the increasingly authoritarian government to uphold the rule of law.

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  • US 'deeply dismayed' over Maldives prison sentences

    The United States said it is dismayed by the prison sentences given to an ex-Maldivian president and two Supreme Court judges and urged the increasingly authoritarian government to uphold the rule of law. A Maldives court sentenced ex-President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to one year, seven months...

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  • NCAA settles CTE lawsuit filed by widow of Texas player

    The NCAA settled a lawsuit Friday with the family of a former University of Texas football player that accused the organization of being responsible for his brain injuries and death decades after his playing career. The lawsuit in Dallas was settled after three days of trial. A court...

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  • Court rejects new hearing for ex-Russian military officer

    A federal appeals court has rejected a request for a new hearing for a former Russian military officer convicted of leading a 2009 Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In April, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Irek Hamidullin. ...

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  • Arizona woman who fatally shot Chinese student gets 25 years

    The family of a Chinese college student came to Arizona to tearfully plead for harsh punishment against the woman who shot the 19-year-old to death after a minor car crash, but a judge honored a plea agreement Friday to send her to prison for 25 years. Holly Davis, 34, was initially charged...

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  • The Latest: Woman who shot Chinese student gets 25-year term

    The Latest on the sentencing of a woman in the road rage killing of a Chinese student in Arizona (all times local): 11:10 a.m. An Arizona woman who fatally shot a Chinese university student in a road rage incident in metro Phoenix has been sentenced to 25 years in prison with no...

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  • Victim's family suing for school shooting suspect's records

    The family of one of the 17 people killed in the Valentine's Day massacre at a Florida high school is suing to obtain mental health records of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. The lawsuit is being filed Friday by the family of 17-year-old Helena Ramsay, a junior when she died at Marjory...

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  • Asylum-seeker gets life after Finland's first terror trial

    A Moroccan asylum-seeker who was the subject of Finland’s first terrorism trial was convicted Friday of two terror-related murders and eight attempted murders from a stabbing attack in the Nordic country last year.

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  • UK soldier gets 18 years for tampering with wife's parachute

    A former British Army sergeant who tried to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute so he could get her insurance money was sentenced Friday to at least 18 years in prison.

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  • Swedish court finds man guilty of spying for China

    A man was found guilty Friday of spying for China by gathering information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden, and sentenced to 22 months in jail. The Sodertorn District Court, near Stockholm, found Dorjee Gyantsan, a 49-year old Tibetan who worked for a pro-Tibetan radio station, guilty of...

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  • Moroccan asylum-seeker gets life for Finland stabbing

    A Finnish court has convicted a Moroccan asylum-seeker of two terror-related murders and eight attempted murders and given him a life sentence for a stabbing attack in southwestern Finland last year, in the first terror trial in the Nordic country. The southern Finland district court said...

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  • Swedish court finds man guilty of spying for China

    A Swedish court has found a man guilty of spying for China by gathering information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden, and sentenced him to 22 months in jail.

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  • Chinese insurance regulator admits guilt in graft case

    A state news agency says China’s former chief insurance regulator has pleaded guilty to taking bribes over 12 years in exchange for helping people obtain loans, promotions and other favors.

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  • Chinese insurance regulator admits guilt in graft case

    A state news agency says China's former chief insurance regulator has pleaded guilty to taking bribes over 12 years in exchange for helping people obtain loans, promotions and other favors. The Xinhua News Agency said Xiang Junbo, the highest-ranking figure in Chinese finance to be ensnared...

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  • AT&T, Time Warner close $81B merger 2 days after judge OKs

    AT&T has completed its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner, one of the biggest media deals ever. A federal judge approved the combination just two days earlier over objections by the Trump Justice Department that it would hurt consumers. The merger could shape the way consumers stream TV...

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  • Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr arrested on rape charges

    Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff's deputies arrested Winslow on Thursday at his home in the San Diego suburb of...

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  • The Latest: AT&T, Time Warner complete major merger

    The Latest on AT&T's merger with Time Warner (all times local): 8:15 p.m. AT&T and Time Warner have completed their merger, one of the biggest media deals ever, just two days after a federal judge approved the combination over objections by the Trump Justice Department that it would...

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  • AT&T, Time Warner to close merger 'as soon as possible'

    AT&T and Time Warner say they have a clear path to complete their newly approved merger. Their lawyer says the Justice Department has signaled it won't ask for a postponement while it ponders an appeal of a judge's ruling. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled against the...

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  • Jury clears Red Sox in suit brought by woman hurt by foul

    A jury has ruled in favor of the Boston Red Sox in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she sustained severe facial injuries when she was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park. The jury Wednesday found that the team and principal owner John Henry were not negligent. Stephanie Taubin, of...

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