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NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob. Learn More

 

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Dueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law. More »

 

A timeline of 'Suge' Knight's legal and medical troubles

A look at Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight's troubles over the past 20 years: More »

 

After historic balloon journey, crew plans landing Saturday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots from the U.S. and Russia have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning. More »

 

Murder trial begins 35 years after 6-year-old vanished in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-five years after the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy in Manhattan ushered in an era of protectiveness for America's children, trial began Friday for a mentally ill man with a low IQ who confessed to his murder and kidnapping. More »

 

AP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979

NEW YORK (AP) — The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. Opening statements were made Friday in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012 but says his admissions were false. More »

 

Attorney wants mistrial declared in Vanderbilt rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for one of the ex-Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping an unconscious fellow student says he will ask that a mistrial be declared after learning that a jury member was a rape victim. More »

 

Wearing Seahawks gear, lawmakers support fantasy football

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — On the last weekday before the Super Bowl, legislators wearing Seattle Seahawks gear made noise over a bill to allow Washington state residents to legally play fantasy football. More »

 

San Francisco police detain man in human remains case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police said they detained a man shown in photos released earlier in the day in the case of human remains found inside a suitcase. More »

 

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is mentioned. More »

 

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