27, Jan 2015 - Clark, IL 1 of Mark Wahlberg's victims says he shouldn't be pardoned - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois
BOSTON (AP) - A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg's racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn't be granted a pardon for his crimes.
27, Jan 2015 - Gun maker gets Newtown lawsuit moved to federal court - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gun maker Remington has moved a lawsuit filed against it by families of those shot in the Sandy Hook school massacre from state to federal court, where at least one expert says it has less chance of succeeding.
27, Jan 2015 - Detective: Teen confessed to killing teacher but denied rape - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A teenager accused of killing his high school math teacher told police he knocked her out with a "karate chop" before slicing her neck two times with a box cutter, a police detective said Friday in a pre-trial hearing.
27, Jan 2015 - New Jersey man gets prison term for smuggling narwhal tusks - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Misso
BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A New Jersey man accused of smuggling tusks from protected narwhals into the United States was sentenced Monday to nearly three years in prison for conspiracy, smuggling and money laundering.
27, Jan 2015 - Court upholds $5 million cap in Indiana stage collapse case - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Misso
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the state's $5 million cap on liability damages Wednesday in a case brought by a 13-year-old Ohio girl who was hurt when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.
27, Jan 2015 - Decatur, IL Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri New
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.
27, Jan 2015 - Man wrongly convicted 4 decades ago freed from prison - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - For the third time in less than six months, a North Carolina inmate was exonerated by DNA evidence and freed after spending decades in prison for a wrongful murder conviction.
27, Jan 2015 - Michigan bondage master gets life in prison in wife's death - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & M
DETROIT (AP) - Calling him a "master of manipulation," a judge sentenced a former Rotary Club president to life in prison Thursday for arranging his wife's killing so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his love for sexual bondage and domination.
27, Jan 2015 - Union, IL Maryland man freed from Cuba to attend State of Union - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Maryland man who returned home last month after spending five years imprisoned in Cuba will have a prime viewing spot for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: a seat near first lady Michelle Obama.
27, Jan 2015 - Lee, IL Myanmar releases prominent Rohingya political prisoner - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri N
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - Rights groups welcomed the release of a prominent Rohingya Muslim doctor who was arrested while trying to calm rioters during sectarian violence in western Myanmar, but noted Tuesday scores of political prisoners remain behind bars.
27, Jan 2015 - Judge: Michigan must recognize 300-plus gay marriages - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
DETROIT (AP) - On the day before the nation's high court could decide whether to take up Michigan's same-sex marriage case, a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize hundreds of such unions performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year.
27, Jan 2015 - Alexander, IL Indonesia executes 6 drug convicts, including 5 foreigners - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missou
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia executed by firing squad five foreigners and an Indonesian woman convicted on drug trafficking charges despite appeals to spare them, with the government defending the action as necessary to combat the rising drug trade.
27, Jan 2015 - Washington, IL Twins who ran major US drug ring sentenced to 14 years each - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Misso
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge sentenced twin brothers on Tuesday to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and other Mexican cartel leaders.
27, Jan 2015 - Monroe, IL Trial begins for Pennsylvania man whose yard had bodies - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A notorious Pennsylvania inmate found with at least five sets of human remains buried in his yard nearly a dozen years ago is standing trial on charges he strangled two of the victims, including a pharmacist who had called the defendant his best friend.
27, Jan 2015 - Relatives upset they can't visit inmates injured in wreck - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Mis
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The hospital treating victims of a deadly prison bus crash in West Texas said Thursday that relatives aren't being allowed to visit the inmates because of a longstanding policy, despite demands from the inmates' families to see them.
27, Jan 2015 - Judge rules SD same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge on Monday declared South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but marriage licenses won't be immediately issued because the ruling was put on hold pending a potential appeal.
27, Jan 2015 - Couple accused of caging autistic son, 19, make plea deal - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missour
BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) - A couple accused of keeping their 19-year-old adopted son in a cage at their home in rural eastern Michigan made a plea deal Thursday and face sentencing in March.
27, Jan 2015 - Alexander, IL Jodi Arias loses bid to put sentencing retrial on hold - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri N
PHOENIX (AP) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has lost a bid to put her sentencing retrial on hold while she appeals a court's ruling over the public's access to her trial.
27, Jan 2015 - Alexander, IL Jodi Arias revealed few new details in closed-door testimony - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
PHOENIX (AP) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias' closed-door testimony two months ago at her sentencing retrial revealed few new details about her actions in killing her former boyfriend - and no specifics about why she was allowed to speak to the jury in secret.
26, Jan 2015 - Judge seeks details in reviewing fraud claims against Pilot - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Misso
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge said Friday he wants more information about business arrangements between the truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and several trucking companies that claim they were cheated by the retail giant.
26, Jan 2015 - NCAA loses bid to toss law over $60 million Penn State fine - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Misso
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday declined to throw out a state law that requires the $60 million fine Penn State has been paying over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal be spent to address child abuse within the state.
26, Jan 2015 - GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missour
ATLANTA (AP) - Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation restricting gay rights even as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether same-sex couples can marry.
26, Jan 2015 - Correction: Penn State-Abuse story - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - In a story Jan. 14 about a court ruling in the case of three former Penn State administrators, The Associated Press reported erroneously which defendants two lawyers represent. Caroline Roberto represents Tim Curley, not Gary Schultz.
26, Jan 2015 - Franklin, IL News groups back Larry Flynt's push for execution info - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missou
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A coalition of 14 news organizations wants a federal appeals court to allow porn publisher Larry Flynt to join a lawsuit seeking to force Missouri to disclose more details of its execution methods.
26, Jan 2015 - Police: Guard, 2 strippers smuggled booze, drugs into prison - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
LUTZ, Fla. (AP) - It was a Florida prison inmate's escape that led investigators down a rabbit hole of sin involving a corrections officer and two strippers the sheriff says brokered deals for malt liquor, cigarettes and "conjugal visits in the woods."
26, Jan 2015 - Jailed Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery, perjury - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri N
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on new felony charges, according to a special prosecutor.
26, Jan 2015 - Trial to begin in Boy Scout sex abuse civil case - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, S
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Previously sealed Boy Scouts "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday in California that was filed against the organization by a victim of sex abuse.
26, Jan 2015 - Teen takes plea deal in 2013 California school shooting - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A teenager charged with shooting a classmate in the chest at his central California high school two years ago accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors Friday for a 27-year sentence in state prison.
26, Jan 2015 - Maine judge tells media what they can report in assault case - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine judge attempted to restrict reporting on what witnesses said during an attorney's criminal court appearance. The Portland Press Herald ( http://bit.ly/1DebSU4 ) reports Anthony Sineni III, of Standish, was convicted of misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct Monday as part of a plea agreement.
26, Jan 2015 - ACLU joins fight over Pennsylvania law curbing inmate speech - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has joined a legal fight over a Pennsylvania law it says silences convicts. The law allows violent-crime victims to take legal action when they feel an offender's conduct is perpetuating the effect of the crime.
26, Jan 2015 - Chicano movement leader Reies Lopez Tijerina dies at 88 - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Pentecostal preacher turned activist who led a violent raid of a northern New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago, died Monday. He was 88.
26, Jan 2015 - O Fallon, IL Condoleezza Rice says she was stunned CIA mission was leaked - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice told jurors Thursday she was stunned to learn that a classified mission to thwart Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions - now at the heart of a criminal leak trial - had been disclosed to a reporter.
26, Jan 2015 - Washington, IL US criticizes Saudi sentence of human rights lawyer - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is criticizing Saudi Arabia for extending the prison sentence of a human rights attorney for "exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association."
26, Jan 2015 - Franklin, IL Peru's Fujimori convicted of corruption in fifth trial - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missou
LIMA, Peru (AP) - A three-judge panel in Peru convicted jailed former President Alberto Fujimori on Thursday of funneling more than $40 million in public funds to tabloid newspapers that smeared his opponents during his 2000 re-election campaign.
26, Jan 2015 - First Look: Sundance doc pulls back curtain on Scientology - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missou
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house - not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection.
26, Jan 2015 - Oklahoma prisons boss 'confident' ahead of next executions - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - One week before a man's scheduled execution for killing a baby, the head of Oklahoma's prison system said he's confident in his staff's ability to carry out the first lethal injection in the state since one went awry in April.
26, Jan 2015 - Who's who in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
The 25-year-old was a star player with the Patriots with a $40 million contract when, prosecutors say, he killed Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
26, Jan 2015 - Madison, IL Connecticut art dealer sentenced to 4 years for fraud - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut art dealer convicted in the sale of fraudulent artwork was sentenced Friday to four years and nine months in prison.
26, Jan 2015 - O Fallon, IL NYT reporter questioned at hearing in CIA leak case - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A New York Times reporter is providing little assistance to prosecutors as they put a former CIA officer on trial for allegedly leaking classified information about a botched operation in Iran.
26, Jan 2015 - Mexico among 3 'friends of court' in Border Patrol shooting - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Mexican government is asking a U.S. appeals court to let a Mexican teenager's parents sue the U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed their 15-year-old son from across the border.
26, Jan 2015 - Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state's attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court.