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10-year-old killed in case of suspected child abuse

10-year-old killed in case of suspected child abuseA woman’s boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of murder after her son was found unresponsive last week. Child and Family Services confirmed it received twelve reports about the boy since 2013.



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Rants by judge in Manafort case suggest interesting trial ahead

Rants by judge in Manafort case suggest interesting trial aheadRachel Maddow notes that even though Robert Mueller won a battle in court in the Paul Manafort case, the judge included in his ruling an extra helping of criticism for the special counsel.



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US Supreme Court turns down case of florist who refused to service same-sex couple

US Supreme Court turns down case of florist who refused to service same-sex coupleThe US Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider the case against a Washington state florist who was fined for refusing to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding on religious grounds. The decision follows the top US court’s June 4 ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who had been found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple on the basis of his Christian beliefs. The top US court sent the case — involving florist Barronelle Stutzman, who said her Christian convictions barred her from selling a wedding floral arrangement to a same-sex couple — back to the Washington state supreme court for further consideration.



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Supreme Court rules for American Express in credit card case

Supreme Court rules for American Express in credit card caseWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court handed American Express a win Monday in a lawsuit over rules it imposes on merchants who accept its cards.



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How a discarded restaurant napkin led to an arrest in the 32-year-old cold case of a murdered US schoolgirl

How a discarded restaurant napkin led to an arrest in the 32-year-old cold case of a murdered US schoolgirlFor over three decades the disappearance and vicious murder of Michella Welch had left police at a loss. The 12-year-old had disappeared in March 1986 from a park in the city of Tacoma, in Washington State. At the time, she had been babysitting her two younger sisters in Puget Park and had rode off on her bike to pick up some sandwiches. When she returned her sisters were in a nearby business using the lavatory, and Michella is believed to have gone looking for them. When Michella’s sisters returned they found her bike and the sandwiches by a table in the park, but their sister was gone. A police dog discovered her body later that evening down a ravine. She had been raped and murdered. At the time DNA was taken from the scene and placed into evidence, yet the investigation struggled and was eventually filed as an unresolved cold case. However advances in DNA technology over the following decades prompted detectives to take another look at the case. In 2006 police scientists managed to reconstruct a DNA imprint from items collected at the crime scene, although no link was found to any known offender in the United States. Twelve years later progress came due to the growth of genetic genealogy, with its vast databases and archives, including from people researching their family history using DNA testing kits from companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com. "Genetic genealogy uses DNA technology to identify subjects by matching the unknown profile to a family member," Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell told reporters. "Traditional genealogy is then used to build a family tree from publicly available websites," he said. The technology led police to two brothers, whose age and place of residence in 1986 eventually made them suspects. They were placed under surveillance as police waited for a chance to verify their genetic profiles. Earlier this month one of them, Gary Hartman, ate breakfast at a restaurant with a co-worker, oblivious to the undercover investigator sitting at a neighboring table. Gary Charles Hartman appearing in court charged with the rape and murder of Michella Welch  When Hartman left the investigator collected the napkin he used to wipe his mouth and sent it to a lab for analysis. The tests discovered that the DNA matched that found on Michella Welch's body. Police arrested Hartman without incident at a set of traffic lights and on Friday prosecutors charged the 66-year-old with first-degree murder and first-degree rape. He is currently being held in custody in lieu of $ 5 million (£3.7 million) bail and is due to appear back in court on Monday. "This case does truly represent the crossroads of good old-fashioned police work combined with improvements in technology," Ramsdell said. Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist had a warning to criminals. "Today we are at a point where, if you are a criminal and you left your DNA at the scene, you might as well turn yourself in now. We will catch you," he said.



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Alec Cook Case: Former University of Wisconsin Student Gets 3 Years for Campus Sexual Assaults

Alec Cook Case: Former University of Wisconsin Student Gets 3 Years for Campus Sexual AssaultsCook broke down in tears as he was sentenced for sexual assault, choking and stalking.



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Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutors

Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutorsA judge on Thursday ordered a married couple to stand trial on 49 counts of torture, false imprisonment and abuse over the treatment of 13 siblings who were found imprisoned and starving in their suburban California home, prosecutors said. David and Louise Turpin were bound over for trial after a two-day hearing in Riverside County Superior Court in which the court heard tape of an emotional 911 call by a 17-year-old girl who climbed out a window and dialed police on a borrowed and deactivated cell phone, said John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Officers who went to the Turpins’ home in Perris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, found 12 siblings ranging in age from two to 29 inside, suffering from malnourishment, muscle wasting and other signs of severe abuse.



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Michael Cohen Sends Mixed Signals as Case Reaches Turning Point

Michael Cohen Sends Mixed Signals as Case Reaches Turning PointEmily Jane Fox, senior reporter for Vanity Fair, talks about the pressures facing Donald Trump confidant Michael Cohen as his case enters a new phase with a new lawyer and a new feeling of betrayal about Trump.



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Torture case: 911 audio reveals harrowing details of alleged child abuse

Torture case: 911 audio reveals harrowing details of alleged child abuseA 17-year-old girl, one of the 13 children held captive and tortured by her parents in California, told a 911 operator about the horrors she experienced. ABC News' Diane Macedo reports.



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Judge cancels hearing in Stormy Daniels case against Trump, Cohen

Judge cancels hearing in Stormy Daniels case against Trump, CohenAccording to an order issued on Monday, U.S. District Judge James Otero decided it was unnecessary to hear arguments on the request by Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti to lift a 90-day stay imposed on April 28. In imposing the stay, the judge cited the potential overlap between Daniels’ lawsuit and a separate criminal probe by federal prosecutors in Manhattan that he said could result in Cohen’s indictment.



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