The week that was: Stories from the coronavirus saga

The world changed remarkably this past week — yet again, just as it did the week before, as the coronavirus marched across the world. No corner of the planet was safe, it seemed: If the virus itself w...

Supreme Court rules states can bar insanity defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity without violating their constitutional rights. The decision could prompt states acro...

Scandal-scarred Virginia lawmaker now seeks justice reform

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Just a few years ago, Joe Morrissey's political career appeared to be over. The former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney was pressured into resigning from the V...

Hoops, hope: Cavaliers listen, learn during visit to prison

GRAFTON, Ohio (AP) — Andre Drummond and his teammates leaned in and listened intently as if they were in a huddle during a timeout in the frantic closing seconds of a playoff game. T...

Newspaper shooting case focuses on records on psychologist

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Documents relating to a forensic psychologist's discussions with detention center employees about the behavior of a man who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper were releas...

Prosecution doctor: Killer insane when he bit victim's face

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prosecution psychiatrist says a Florida college student was legally insane when he fatally attacked a couple outside their home, chewing off part of the man's face, cour...

FBI handling of terror-related tips is flawed, report finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI needs to improve how it handles tips and leads about people who may carry out violent acts, including developing a comprehensive strategy to evaluate whether individuals with...

Liz Weston: Unlock the debtor's prison of student loans

Earlier this year, a judge denounced the myth that student loans can’t be erased in bankruptcy court as she excused a Navy veteran from having to pay $221,000 in education debt. Bankruptcy judge Cecel...

Mass killings database: Workplace shootings remain rare

The mass shooting at a brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the 13th in the U.S. since 2006. Workplace mass shootings remain a rare event but there are some trends among who carries them out and why. ...

Relatives sue Alabama prisons over 4 inmate suicides

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of four inmates who killed themselves inside Alabama prisons are suing the state over the men's suicides, adding to the legal problems for an agency already in court ...

High-stakes Los Angeles DA's race: Status quo vs. reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jackie Lacey, the first black woman to lead the nation's largest local prosecutor's office, is fighting for a third term as Los Angeles County district attorney against a former pol...

Singer who drew fire at Mar-a-Lago competent to face trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Connecticut opera singer is now mentally competent to stand trial on charges that she sped through a checkpoint outside President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, drawi...

Infections climb in South Korea as world fights virus

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly linked to a church and a hospital, while the death toll in Iran climbed t...

Virus spreads in South Korean city as thousands are screened

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 433, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the country&rs...

Indonesian acquitted of blasphemy for taking dog into mosque

CIBINONG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian woman who doctors say should receive psychiatric treatment was acquitted Wednesday of blasphemy charges for taking a dog into a mosque. Suzet...