Jury returns death sentence for 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" should be sentenced to death for murdering nine women and a teenage girl over more than two decades in South Los Angeles, a jury decided Monday.

  • Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

Court: Pet's value is market cost, not sentimental value

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court ruled Monday that the value of a pet injured or killed by someone else's negligence is the animal's fair market value but that the owners may also try to collect costs incurred trying to save the animal.


Arkansas judge is investigated for sex abuse, misconduct

WYNNE, Ark. (AP) — For many male defendants in Judge Joseph Boeckmann's courtroom, the initial deal seemed simple enough: The judge would approach them after court, either himself or through a bailiff, and offer a way out of traffic or court fines.

  • Written by CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press

AP: Patchy reporting undercuts national hate crimes count

BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — The knock on the door, strong and quick, jolted Barbara Hicks Collins awake. It was the middle of the night. Someone must be in trouble, she thought. She flung open her front door to the shocking sight of her car engulfed in flames.

  • Written by CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press