U.K. couple jailed for videos hailing soldier's murder

Mar 15, 2014

U.K. couple jailed for videos hailing soldier's murder

A British judge on Friday jailed a young Muslim couple for making YouTube videos that praised the murder of a soldier by extremists in London last year, and for urging similar attacks overseas. Royal Barnes, 23, and his wife Rebekah Dawson, 22, had admitted ...

India court upholds death sentence for Delhi gang-rapists

Mar 14, 2014

India court upholds death sentence for Delhi gang-rapists

An Indian court upheld Thursday the death penalty handed to four men convicted of the fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that shocked the country and sparked weeks of protests. The High Court rejected an appeal by the four, ...

U.S. endorses shorter drug sentences

Mar 14, 2014

U.S. endorses shorter drug sentences

The top U.S. law enforcement official on Thursday endorsed a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for many nonviolent drug traffickers, saying the change would rein in runaway U.S. prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system. Attorney General Eric Holder’s ...

Top court case highlights U.S. rift over sex science

| Mar 13, 2014

Top court case highlights U.S. rift over sex science

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a religious dispute over the “Obamacare” contraception mandate, advocates on both sides are trying to set the court straight on the science. The case, to be heard March 25, is one of the most closely watched ...

Police admit Pistorius evidence may be tainted

Mar 13, 2014

Police admit Pistorius evidence may be tainted

As Paralympian Oscar Pistorius battled Wednesday to discredit forensics that could prove he lied about the night his girlfriend was killed, his defense lawyer forced police to admit they had mishandled key evidence. In his testimony, Col. Gerhard Vermeulen admitted that the toilet door ...

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

Mar 11, 2014

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a school that tried to ban students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness, ending a case that began more than three years ago with the suspension of two middle-school ...

Pistorius fired 'hollow-point' ammo designed for maximum damage

Mar 11, 2014

Pistorius fired 'hollow-point' ammo designed for maximum damage

The bullets that killed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend were of a type that has been the subject of repeated, though largely unsuccessful, bans since the 19th century. A pathologist who performed an autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp the day after she died told the court ...

Mar 10, 2014

China chalks up staggering 99.93% conviction rate

Chinese courts logged only 825 acquittals among the nearly 1.16 million verdicts they issued last year, the Supreme People’s Court said Monday, giving the Communist country a conviction rate of 99.93 percent. In a report to the annual session of the Communist Party-controlled National ...

1964 libel verdict vital in digital age

Mar 9, 2014

1964 libel verdict vital in digital age

Singer Courtney Love hadn’t been born and tweeting was reserved for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. But when a California jury recently decided that Love shouldn’t have to pay $8 million ...

Pistorius trial hears damaging testimony

Mar 9, 2014

Pistorius trial hears damaging testimony

In a day of potentially damaging testimony, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius said at his murder trial Friday that he once shot his gun out of a car sunroof and later cheated on her with the woman he killed last year. And a ...

Chinese court rejects damages suit over forced wartime labor

Mar 8, 2014

Chinese court rejects damages suit over forced wartime labor

A regional court in northeastern China has rejected a lawsuit filed against the Japanese government and two Japanese companies by a group of Chinese demanding damages for forced labor during World War II, an informed source said Friday. The group of 12, comprising former ...