No charges for agents in botched Larry Nassar probe

DETROIT — The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it will not pursue criminal charges against former FBI agents who failed to quickly open an investigation of sports doctor Larry Nassar despite learning in 2015 that he was accused of sexually assaulting female gymnasts. The agency’s inspector general found that two former agents likely provided “inaccurate … Read more

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ writer found guilty of murder

PORTLAND, Ore. — A jury in Portland has convicted a self-published romance novelist — who once wrote an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” — of fatally shooting her husband four years ago. The jury of seven women and five men found Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday after deliberating over … Read more

Trial begins for ex-Virginia Tech football player in killing

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A trial began Wednesday for a former Virginia Tech football player accused in the fatal beating of a Tinder match he originally believed was a woman. Isimemen Etute, a former linebacker, is charged with second-degree murder in the 2021 death of 40-year-old Jerry Smith. Etute told police he visited Smith’s apartment in … Read more

Cops: 500,000 fentanyl pills found in Arizona traffic stop

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Two women were arrested after about 500,000 fentanyl pills were found in an SUV pulled over for speeding on Interstate 10 in Arizona, police said. The pills were found concealed in collagen supplement bottles on Monday during a search that also turned up a handgun and a large amount of cash, … Read more

Tentative $161.5M settlement reached in WVa opioid trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Attorneys for the state of West Virginia and two remaining pharmaceutical manufacturers have reached a tentative $161.5 million settlement just as closing arguments were set to begin in a seven-week trial over the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Wednesday. Morrisey announced the development in court in the state’s lawsuit against … Read more

Delegations from Sweden, Finland hold NATO talks in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Senior officials from Sweden and Finland met with Turkish counterparts in Ankara on Wednesday in an effort to overcome Turkey’s strong objections to the Nordic nations’ bids to join NATO. Sweden and Finland submitted their written applications to join NATO last week. The move represents one of the biggest geopolitical ramifications of … Read more

ExxonMobil loses bid to nix climate change lawsuit

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ highest court on Tuesday rejected a bid by ExxonMobil to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the state that accuses the oil giant of misleading the public about the role its fossil fuels play in causing climate change. The lawsuit filed in 2019 by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey alleges Exxon launched an … Read more

Hong Kong Catholic cardinal denies charges over relief fund

HONG KONG — Arrested former Hong Kong Catholic leader Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others denied charges on Tuesday that they failed to register a relief fund aimed at assisting protesters who faced legal costs during 2019 anti-government protests. The six, who also include singer Denise Ho and former opposition lawmakers Margaret Ng and Cyd … Read more

Iran building collapse kills 11 as mayor and others detained

Iranian media say the death toll from the collapse of a commercial building still under construction in southwestern Iran has reached 11, after more bodies were retrieved from the rubble in the city of Abadan By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press May 24, 2022, 12:15 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this … Read more

Thousands attend funeral for slain Guard colonel in Iran

Thousands of mourners have poured into the streets of Tehran to pay their respects to a senior Revolutionary Guard member fatally shot by two gunmen on a motorcycle earlier this week By AMIR VAHDAT Associated Press May 24, 2022, 10:12 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article TEHRAN, Iran — … Read more