'Making a Murderer' subject Avery appeals latest defeat

MADISON, Wis. — “Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery has appealed his latest unanimous legal defeat, asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case. Avery, 59, filed the request Wednesday, his attorney Kathleen Zellner said Thursday. Avery is serving a life sentence for the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa

Soldier found guilty in video confrontation with Black man

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A noncommissioned Army officer depicted in a viral video accosting and shoving a man in a South Carolina neighborhood has been convicted of third-degree assault. A magistrate judge found Fort Jackson Army Sgt. Jonathan Pentland guilty of the misdemeanor Monday after a two-day trial, news outlets reported.

52 feared dead, 1 survivor, on migrant boat going to Spain

LISBON, Portugal — A woman who was the only person pulled from a sinking dinghy in the Atlantic Ocean told her rescuers that the boat had left Africa a week earlier carrying 53 migrants, Spain’s Maritime Rescue Service said Friday. A merchant ship spotted the inflatable dinghy on Thursday, 255

Lawsuit: Iowa governor's office violating open records law

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office is illegally delaying the release of public records related to its $26 million, no-bid coronavirus testing contract, a new lawsuit contends. Reynolds and her office’s public records custodian, attorney Michael Boal, are the latest officials to be accused of violating open

Japan extends, expands coronavirus emergency as cases surge

TOKYO — Japan’s “state of emergency” for curbing surging COVID-19 cases will continue through Sept. 12 rather than ending at the end of this month as initially planned, the government decided Monday With the pandemic continuing to spread in the country, the emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, and three other

Jurors find Kansas massage therapist guilty of sex crimes

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A jury found a massage therapist guilty Thursday of sex crimes against five people, including three female soccer players at the University of Kansas. Jurors returned guilty verdicts on all eight counts against Lawrence massage therapist Shawn P. O’Brien, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Three of the charges

Japan leader's medical adviser urges tougher virus measures

TOKYO — A key medical adviser to Japan’s prime minister said Thursday that surging infections in the Tokyo area are severely affecting medical systems, and urged the government to take stricter measures to drastically reduce people’s activity. “If the infections continue to surge at the current pace, we won’t be

Afghan officials: 3 more provincial capitals fall to Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban seized three more provincial capitals in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, putting nine of the nation’s 34 in the insurgents’ hands amid the U.S. withdrawal from the country. The fall of the capitals of Badakhshan and Baghlan provinces to the northeast and Farah province to the

Afghan official: Much of Kunduz city controlled by Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters Sunday took control of much of the capital of northern Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, including the governor’s office and police headquarters, a provincial council member said. Ghulam Rabani Rabani said fighting between insurgents and government forces had taken place around the governor’s office and police headquarters

DaBaby booted from Lollapalooza after homophobic comments

CHICAGO — Rapper DaBaby was cut Sunday from Lollapalooza’s closing lineup following crude and homophobic remarks he made last week at a Miami-area music festival. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, had been scheduled as a closing act on the final night of the four-day music festival in