Law and order
PRETORIA, South Africa - Wrapping up five days of relentless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial, the chief prosecutor insisted Tuesday that he intentionally shot his girlfriend to death after they argued and — in a final exchange — urged the Olympic athlete to take responsibility for the Valentine's Day killing.
KIGALI, Rwanda - A day after his arrest, a prominent Rwandan singer said at a police news conference Tuesday that he has been in touch with outlawed rebel groups.
Kizito Mihigo, a genocide survivor and prominent singer and composer, said he engaged in "treasonous exchanges" over Skype and an app called Whatsapp. He added just before being whisked out of the news conference: "Let us learn to love each other."
SONORA, Calif. - Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.
James Manning was taken into custody after police say they received a call from an auto dealership in Redding on Friday reporting the vehicle was stolen.
The 2001 Mitsubishi's GPS indicated it was parked in front of the Tuolumne County courthouse.
Officers found the car, which already had a different set of license plates on it.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.
Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, both registered sex offenders, were both wearing ankle bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year, Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said at a news conference.
PROVO, Utah - Authorities say a U.S. woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in the garage of her home in the western state of Utah.
According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies and that all but one of them were born alive.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A U.S. man with a history of mental illness was sentenced to death by a jury on Monday for killing a hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama.
James McVay had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a murder charge in 2012 in the stabbing death of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota jury chose the death penalty, though jurors could have sentenced him to life in prison without parole.
PHOENIX - Jurors decided Monday that a woman convicted of killing her husband with a hammer qualifies for the death penalty because she carried out the killing in a cruel way.
The decision clears the way for jurors to now consider whether they will imprison Marissa Suzanne Devault for life or sentence her to death for the fatal beating of Dale Harrell in 2009. Lawyers are scheduled to make opening arguments Tuesday in the trial's penalty phase.
An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday.
The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, clears the way for an automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
PARIS - French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.
Testing began Monday at Fenelon-Notre Dame high school in western France. All those who received summonses last week were warned that any refusal could land them in police custody, and no one rejected the sweeping request to test the high school's male population.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Monday alleged numerous inconsistencies in the athlete's account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, seeking to show that the athlete is lying when he says he shot her by mistake.
Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel also accused Pistorius of tailoring his testimony to fit the evidence at the scene. Pistorius denied the accusations.