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‘Baby Doe’ mom to be sentenced, day after ex is convicted

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‘Baby Doe’ mom to be sentenced, day after ex is convicted

- Rachelle Bond is expected to be sentenced to time served Tuesday — a day after her ex-boyfriend was convicted of second-degree murder in the girl’s death. Prosecutors say they’re asking that Bond be sentenced to the time she’s already served in jail plus probation. Bond and her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, were arrested in September 2015 in the killing earlier that year of Bella Bond

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White House warns Syria, claims 'potential' evidence of preparation for chemical attack

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White House warns Syria, claims 'potential' evidence of preparation for chemical attack

- WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday night as it claimed "potential" evidence that Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack. In an ominous statement issued with no supporting evidence or further explanation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. "has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children

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Jurors likely swayed by the death of an innocent in Bella Bond trial, lawyers say

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Jurors likely swayed by the death of an innocent in Bella Bond trial, lawyers say

- The jury in the Michael P. McCarthy case apparently accepted at least some of the testimony of Rachelle Bond about the murder of her daughter, Bella, according to veteran defense lawyers. “Given the fact that there’s truly only one significant witness in the matter, you’d have to conclude that despite her flaws, the jury accepted the essential components of her testimony,” said Timothy Burke, a Needham lawyer who is a former Suffolk prosecutor

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Chris Rickert: State high court again paddling with 1 oar in the water

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Chris Rickert: State high court again paddling with 1 oar in the water

- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman was right in more ways than he knew when he said the court is “the outlier, and to pretend otherwise is simply in defiance of the facts.” He was speaking specifically about the court’s status as the only one — or maybe only one of three — to hold certain administrative meetings in public. But it also seems like a fair description of a state high court whose internal discord and flat-out childishness might also make it unique among the 50 states

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Iowan who shouted 'arrest me' to officer sentenced

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Iowan who shouted 'arrest me' to officer sentenced

- The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield says Terrail Draper Lavar Dixon told a trooper to "go ahead and arrest" him after he was stopped for speeding and driving erratically. Iowan who shouted 'arrest me' to officer sentenced The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield says Terrail Draper Lavar Dixon told a trooper to "go ahead and arrest" him after he was stopped for speeding and driving erratically

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Former Edwardsville cop gets 40 years in prison for burglaries, other crimes

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Former Edwardsville cop gets 40 years in prison for burglaries, other crimes

- EDWARDSVILLE • A former police officer here who admitted to being behind a string of burglaries and other crimes was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday. Brian Barker, 44, pleaded guilty in January to three counts of burglary, one count of residential burglary, one count of official misconduct and one count of aggravated unlawful possession of stolen firearms. "Wearing the badge is an honor and a privilege and he took advantage of it," said Jennifer Mudge, who is with the Madison County State's Attorney's Office

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After Supreme Court decision, what does Trump's travel ban actually ban?

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After Supreme Court decision, what does Trump's travel ban actually ban?

- By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press SEATTLE — On again, off again, off again, off again and now, partly back on: That's the peculiar route of President Donald Trump's travel ban after a Supreme Court decision Monday allowing a limited version to take effect. The high court said the president's 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced pending arguments scheduled for October as long as those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States

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Bella Bond’s Mother To Be Sentenced For Role In Daughter’s Death

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Bella Bond’s Mother To Be Sentenced For Role In Daughter’s Death

- BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The mother of Bella Bond will be sentenced to time served Tuesday for her role in her 2-year-old daughter’s death in 2015. Rachelle Bond pleaded guilty back in February to being an accessory and to larceny as a result of her continued use of state benefits intended for her daughter. Earlier this month, she testified against her boyfriend Michael McCarthy at his trial

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

- The toddler's mother and her boyfriend were jailed over the weekend. Houston, Texas — A 2-year-old Houston boy who died Saturday was burned, hit and beaten with a belt before his death, according to court documents. The toddler's mother, Lynette Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, were jailed over the weekend on aggravated assault of a child charges. First responders rushed to the scene Saturday night in southwest Houston after a 911 call reporting a toddler who'd stopped breathing

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Dozens of prospective jurors beg off 'Pharma Bro' case

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Dozens of prospective jurors beg off 'Pharma Bro' case

- NEW YORK — Several prospective jurors have been excused from the federal securities fraud trial of an ex-pharmaceutical company executive because they claimed they couldn't be impartial. Jury selection will continue Tuesday morning in Brooklyn. During jury questioning Monday, several potential jurors said they couldn't ignore Martin Shkreli's reputation for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

- The toddler's mother and her boyfriend were jailed over the weekend. Houston, Texas — A 2-year-old Houston boy who died Saturday was burned, hit and beaten with a belt before his death, according to court documents. The toddler's mother, Lynette Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, were jailed over the weekend on aggravated assault of a child charges. First responders rushed to the scene Saturday night in southwest Houston after a 911 call reporting a toddler who'd stopped breathing

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Marty Walsh slams Supreme Court’s travel ban decision

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Marty Walsh slams Supreme Court’s travel ban decision

- Mayor Martin J. Walsh and immigrant advocates pushed back on a Supreme Court ruling that temporarily upheld parts of President Trump’s travel ban, calling on the court to nix the ban when it takes up the matter in the fall. But advocates praised the court’s decision to let in some people from the six Muslim nations, saying the exemption is critical to Bay State businesses and schools

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

- The toddler's mother and her boyfriend were jailed over the weekend. Houston, Texas — A 2-year-old Houston boy who died Saturday was burned, hit and beaten with a belt before his death, according to court documents. The toddler's mother, Lynette Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, were jailed over the weekend on aggravated assault of a child charges. First responders rushed to the scene Saturday night in southwest Houston after a 911 call reporting a toddler who'd stopped breathing

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

- The toddler's mother and her boyfriend were jailed over the weekend. Houston, Texas — A 2-year-old Houston boy who died Saturday was burned, hit and beaten with a belt before his death, according to court documents. The toddler's mother, Lynette Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, were jailed over the weekend on aggravated assault of a child charges. First responders rushed to the scene Saturday night in southwest Houston after a 911 call reporting a toddler who'd stopped breathing

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death

- The toddler's mother and her boyfriend were jailed over the weekend. Houston, Texas — A 2-year-old Houston boy who died Saturday was burned, hit and beaten with a belt before his death, according to court documents. The toddler's mother, Lynette Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, were jailed over the weekend on aggravated assault of a child charges. First responders rushed to the scene Saturday night in southwest Houston after a 911 call reporting a toddler who'd stopped breathing

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Brazil's top prosecutor charges President Michel Temer with corruption

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Brazil's top prosecutor charges President Michel Temer with corruption

- Brazil's top federal prosecutor charged President Michel Temer on Monday with accepting bribes, the first of what is expected to be a series of formal graft charges against the deeply unpopular leader in the coming weeks. Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot delivered the charges to the Supreme Court, marking a stinging blow to Temer and the first time the public prosecutor has presented charges against a sitting Brazilian president

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Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe

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Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe

- BOSTON — A Massachusetts man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shores of a Boston Harbor island. Michael McCarthy was charged in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond. A computer-generated image of the girl was shared by millions on social media after she was dubbed Baby Doe by authorities trying to determine her identity

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US Supreme Court partially approves Trump's travel ban
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‘Baby Doe’ mom to be sentenced, day after ex is convicted
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CT state official sentenced to 120 days in prison
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US judge halts deportation of Iraqis nationwide in victory for the ACLU
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Big shot jeweler helped cover up killing of man found buried in N.J., suit says
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Convicted ex-sheriff Robert Arnold moved to Atlanta prison
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21-year-old woman faces sentencing in beating death of her boyfriend's 3-year-old son
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Iran's Zarif - "regrettable" that U.S. Supreme Court revived U.S. travel ban
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Iran's Zarif - "regrettable" that U.S. Supreme Court revived U.S. travel ban
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Iran's Zarif: "regrettable" that U.S. Supreme Court revived U.S. travel ban
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday said it was regrettable that the U.S. Supreme Court revived part of a U.S. travel ban imposed on citizens from six majority Muslim countries, and said it could fuel extremism in the region. "We always believed that the Muslim ban that President Trump imposed soon after assuming office had no basis in facts and would not help fight terrorism," Zarif said, calling it a "greatest gift" for militant groups seeking new recruits   Read More ...
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Massachusetts woman held without bail in death of boyfriend
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Tennessee man takes Elvis guitar fight to appeals court
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Jury to deliberate in Nemtsov murder case
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Court lifts Uber ban in second-biggest Czech city
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3 sentenced in Mississippi in police officers' deaths
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three people who pleaded guilty in connection to the deaths of two Mississippi police officers have been sentenced. The Clarion-Ledger reports Brodrick Varnado was sentenced Monday morning on charges connected to the May 2015 fatal shooting of Hattiesburg police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate during a traffic stop. Varnado will serve concurrent sentences of 20 years for an accessory charge with 12 to serve, and 10 years for a weapon-possession charge   Read More ...
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Tennessee man takes Elvis guitar fight to appeals court
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Tennessee man is asking an appeals court to overturn a decision that awarded a guitar once owned by Elvis Presley to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. The museum bought the guitar in 2012 as part of a collection of instruments worth $250,000. The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2tRw6Ch ) says the Martin D-35 guitar was played by the rock and roll icon on his final tour in 1977   Read More ...
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Chris Rickert: State high court again paddling with 1 oar in the water
Chris Rickert: State high court again paddling with 1 oar in the water Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman was right in more ways than he knew when he said the court is “the outlier, and to pretend otherwise is simply in defiance of the facts.” He was speaking specifically about the court’s status as the only one — or maybe only one of three — to hold certain administrative meetings in public. But it also seems like a fair description of a state high court whose internal discord and flat-out childishness might also make it unique among the 50 states   Read More ...
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‘I Ain’t Got No Quarrel With Them Vietcong’
‘I Ain’t Got No Quarrel With Them Vietcong’ Photo On June 22, 1967, I picked up a copy of the Pacific Stars and Stripes — the official military newspaper — in Saigon to find, there on Page 1, a story about Muhammad Ali, whom a judge had just sentenced to up to five years in prison. He was, at the time, the greatest boxer in the world, even if he’d been stripped of his world heavyweight title months before   Read More ...
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Iowan who shouted 'arrest me' to officer sentenced
Iowan who shouted 'arrest me' to officer sentenced The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield says Terrail Draper Lavar Dixon told a trooper to "go ahead and arrest" him after he was stopped for speeding and driving erratically. Iowan who shouted 'arrest me' to officer sentenced The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield says Terrail Draper Lavar Dixon told a trooper to "go ahead and arrest" him after he was stopped for speeding and driving erratically   Read More ...
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Georgia man pleads guilty to rape of girl, gets probation
MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to statutory rape and avoided a potential prison sentence. Media outlets report 21-year-old Tremayne Octavious Driskell Jr. was initially charged in June 2016 with rape and child molestation. As part of his plea bargain, he was sentenced to five years of probation and the molestation charges will be dismissed   Read More ...
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Former Edwardsville cop gets 40 years in prison for burglaries, other crimes
Former Edwardsville cop gets 40 years in prison for burglaries, other crimes EDWARDSVILLE • A former police officer here who admitted to being behind a string of burglaries and other crimes was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday. Brian Barker, 44, pleaded guilty in January to three counts of burglary, one count of residential burglary, one count of official misconduct and one count of aggravated unlawful possession of stolen firearms. "Wearing the badge is an honor and a privilege and he took advantage of it," said Jennifer Mudge, who is with the Madison County State's Attorney's Office   Read More ...
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Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate
Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other proponents of school voucher programs are praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said a Lutheran church was wrongly denied a state grant for its preschool playground. But opponents say the ruling is far from an endorsement of the use of public money for religious schools. The court, by a 7-2 vote, sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri   Read More ...
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Supreme Court declines to hear arguments in mine spill suit
Supreme Court declines to hear arguments in mine spill suit ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear arguments on a New Mexico lawsuit against Colorado over a 2015 mine waste spill that polluted rivers in both states and Utah. The nation’s high court made the announcement Monday. But the justices did say New Mexico could pursue its claims in a lower court. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman praised the decision and said New Mexico should not have sued Colorado because the U   Read More ...
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After Supreme Court decision, what does Trump's travel ban actually ban?
After Supreme Court decision, what does Trump's travel ban actually ban? By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press SEATTLE — On again, off again, off again, off again and now, partly back on: That's the peculiar route of President Donald Trump's travel ban after a Supreme Court decision Monday allowing a limited version to take effect. The high court said the president's 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced pending arguments scheduled for October as long as those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States   Read More ...
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Supreme Court ruling on travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered
Supreme Court ruling on travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered The Supreme Court's decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban has left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions and possibly more litigation ahead. The justices ruled Monday in an unsigned opinion they would hold a full hearing on the case in October. In the meantime, the administration can bar travelers from six majority-Muslim countries from the U   Read More ...
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Man gets 5 years supervised release for defrauding banks
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Plattsmouth man has been sentenced to five years of supervised release for defrauding banks. Mark Tincher also was fined $50,000 at his sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha and told to pay more than $833,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in March to fraud. Prosecutors say that between April 2010 and June 2010, Tincher manipulated checks between four banks at which he maintained accounts   Read More ...
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Yale sues Connecticut over gender-neutral restrooms
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is suing Connecticut over its plan to turn single-user restrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms at its law school. The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/2sL2QyH ) the state building inspector's office previously denied the school's request for an exemption from the state building code that requiring that a certain number of bathrooms in every building be assigned by gender   Read More ...
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Yale sues Connecticut over gender-neutral restrooms
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is suing Connecticut over its plan to turn single-user restrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms at its law school. The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/2sL2QyH ) the state building inspector's office previously denied the school's request for an exemption from the state building code that requiring that a certain number of bathrooms in every building be assigned by gender   Read More ...
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Bella Bond’s Mother To Be Sentenced For Role In Daughter’s Death
Bella Bond’s Mother To Be Sentenced For Role In Daughter’s Death BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The mother of Bella Bond will be sentenced to time served Tuesday for her role in her 2-year-old daughter’s death in 2015. Rachelle Bond pleaded guilty back in February to being an accessory and to larceny as a result of her continued use of state benefits intended for her daughter. Earlier this month, she testified against her boyfriend Michael McCarthy at his trial   Read More ...
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Yale University files lawsuit over gender-neutral restrooms
Yale University files lawsuit over gender-neutral restrooms NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University has filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut over its plan to turn single-user restrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms at its law school. The New Haven Register reports the Office of the State Building Inspector had previously denied the school’s request for an exemption from the state building code which requires a certain number of bathrooms in every building be assigned by gender   Read More ...
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Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death
Prosecutors: 2-year-old was burned, hit with belt before his death The toddler's mother and her boyfriend were jailed over the weekend. Houston, Texas — A 2-year-old Houston boy who died Saturday was burned, hit and beaten with a belt before his death, according to court documents. The toddler's mother, Lynette Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, were jailed over the weekend on aggravated assault of a child charges. First responders rushed to the scene Saturday night in southwest Houston after a 911 call reporting a toddler who'd stopped breathing   Read More ...
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Dozens of prospective jurors beg off 'Pharma Bro' case
Dozens of prospective jurors beg off 'Pharma Bro' case NEW YORK — Several prospective jurors have been excused from the federal securities fraud trial of an ex-pharmaceutical company executive because they claimed they couldn't be impartial. Jury selection will continue Tuesday morning in Brooklyn. During jury questioning Monday, several potential jurors said they couldn't ignore Martin Shkreli's reputation for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent   Read More ...
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Morganton ISIS suspect expected in federal court Tuesday for sentencing
Morganton ISIS suspect expected in federal court Tuesday for sentencing The Morganton ISIS suspect who pleaded guilty to attempted terrorism is expected in federal court Tuesday for a sentencing hearing. Justin Sullivan was arrested on June 19, 2015, and charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIL, transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony and receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer, identified by serial number   Read More ...
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