Lawyers for mastermind of DC sniper rampage urge court to overturn conviction, death penalty

Court set to hear appeal by DC sniper mastermind

RICHMOND, Va. — Before John Allen Muhammad went to trial for orchestrating the deadly sniper rampage that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region, he claimed he was a prophet and that his teenage accomplice had concocted an herbal AIDS cure, his lawyers say.

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National mock trial competition was at the center of a real-world legal dispute

Mock trial was at center of real legal dispute

ATLANTA — The dozens of mock murder trials held in Atlanta’s main courthouse Friday were punctuated with stubborn witnesses, compelling arguments and dizzying legal back-and-forths from high school students.

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Police: Wesleyan suspect wrote that it’s OK to kill Jews and ‘Kill Johanna. She must Die.’

Police: Wesleyan suspect wrote ‘Kill Johanna’

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Johanna Justin-Jinich seemed to have it all. Attractive, smart and caring, the Wesleyan University student had a bright future.

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White Kenyan aristocrat convicted of manslaughter in 2006 shooting of black poacher

White Kenyan aristocrat convicted of manslaughter

NAIROBI, Kenya — One of Kenya’s most famous white aristocrats was convicted of manslaughter Thursday in the shooting of a black poacher, a case that underlined sharp divisions over land, race and privilege in the African country.

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Grand jury transcripts sealed in case of man accused of ordering journalist’s murder

Grand jury transcripts sealed in Calif. slay case

OAKLAND, Calif. — A judge on Wednesday sealed the grand jury transcripts of a man who says he killed an Oakland journalist who was investigating a community group.

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Two Detroit men accused of paying Toledo players to shave points, 6 ex-players face charges

Eight charged with point shaving at Toledo

DETROIT — Two Detroit-area businessmen were charged with paying and giving gifts to basketball and football players at the University of Toledo to take part in a point-shaving scheme, according to a federal indictment filed Wednesday.

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NY mom who drove off without daughters says she was wrong; dismissal of charge likely

NY mom says she was wrong to leave kids on curb

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A suburban mother who ignited a national debate said Thursday she was wrong when she ordered her bickering daughters out of her car and drove off without them.

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Group of dissident Chrysler lenders reveals identities of members

Chrysler lenders group releases list of members

NEW YORK — The names of a handful of Chrysler debt holders who oppose the automaker’s bankruptcy were disclosed Wednesday, but a number of others dropped their opposition, a week after President Barack Obama publicly chastised the group for not supporting his plan to help remake the company.

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2 Detroit men accused of paying Toledo players to shave points, 6 former players face charges

8 charged with point shaving at Toledo

DETROIT — Two Detroit-area businessmen were charged with paying and giving gifts to basketball and football players at the University of Toledo to take part in a point-shaving scheme, according to a federal indictment filed Wednesday.

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Reno judge dismisses suit by former Nevada women’s soccer coach against school

Judge dismisses ex-coach’s suit against Nevada

RENO, Nev. — The lawsuit filed against Nevada by former soccer coach Terri Patraw has been dismissed, with the judge saying the school was justified in firing her even though she reported NCAA recruiting violations.

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