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Omaha judge criticized for removing attorneys from courtroom
23 Mar 2019 at 10:16am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha judge is under scrutiny again for her decisions in the courtroom after removing three attorneys from a hearing this month in a child abandonment case.
Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich removed the former prosecutor in the case, Mark Hanna, and defense attorneys ...
Turmoil roils Southern Poverty Law Center as president Richard Cohen resigns
by Valerie Richardson
23 Mar 2019 at 10:07am
Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen announced his resignation Friday, a stunning departure that eradicates the top leadership of a civil-rights behemoth amid allegations of workplace discrimination and harassment.
Mr. Cohen, who joined the SPLC in 1986 and has served as president since 2003, said he wanted to "take ...
Father charged with causing injuries to 6-month-old son
23 Mar 2019 at 10:05am
VASSALBORO, Maine (AP) - A Vassalboro man has been formally charged with causing serious injuries to his 6-month-old son, who has been hospitalized for more than two months.
Maine State Police say 23-year-old Dylan Wood was arrested last weekend. His son, now 8 months old, continues to be treated at ...
The Latest: Lawyer's office shot at after cop's acquittal
23 Mar 2019 at 10:01am
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local):
Gunshots were fired into the law office of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld's attorney, hours after Rosfeld was acquitted of ...
Seaside man's murder convictions overturned
23 Mar 2019 at 9:55am
SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the murder convictions of a Seaside man who was found guilty of killing his girlfriend's toddler, ruling that bite-mark testimony should not have been allowed as evidence at his trial.
The Daily Astorian reports Randy Roden was sentenced to ...
Dispute over refinery near national park heats up in court
by BLAKE NICHOLSON
23 Mar 2019 at 9:28am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Parties involved in a dispute over whether North Dakota regulators should be involved in the siting of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park have filed their initial legal arguments in state court. Here's a look at the dispute over the $800 million Davis Refinery ...
AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws
by LISA MARIE PANE and EMILY SWANSON
23 Mar 2019 at 9:01am
WASHINGTON (AP) - A majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe places of worship and schools have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
The survey was conducted both before and ...
AP FACT CHECK: McCain can't respond but his record speaks
by CALVIN WOODWARD, HOPE YEN and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER
23 Mar 2019 at 8:38am
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says John McCain failed his fellow veterans, stained public policy and took anti-Trump fake news to the FBI before the 2016 election.
McCain can't respond but his record speaks.
Trump misrepresented it, on matters stretching from McCain's school days to his funeral, as he ...
Guilty plea in western New York debt collection fraud ring
23 Mar 2019 at 8:30am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A 40-year-old Niagara Falls woman has pleaded guilty to fraud for her role in a debt collection scheme based in western New York that brought in more than $3 million through illegal tactics.
The U.S. attorney's office in Buffalo says Shauniqua Rodriguez faces up to 20 ...
Georgia's legislative session nears end
by SANYA MANSOOR and BEN NADLER
23 Mar 2019 at 8:25am
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's legislative session is almost over. Friday was legislative day 35 of 40.
With just a few days left, lawmakers are working quickly to push through high-profile bills.
The week saw movement on bills that would authorize Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue a Medicaid waiver and ...
Budget, guns in schools and felon voting ahead in Florida
by BRENDAN FARRINGTON
23 Mar 2019 at 8:23am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - If Florida lawmakers are trying to break a record for fewest bills passed during their annual session, they're on a pretty good pace.
So far only one bill has been sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis - the repeal of a smokable medical marijuana ban that ...
Teens charged in attack in which victim's hair was set afire
23 Mar 2019 at 8:09am
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) - Three 19-year-olds from New Hampshire have been charged with holding another teen against his will during an assault in which his hair was set on fire.
A grand jury indicted them on charges of felony criminal restraint and simple assault for the episode that was watched ...
Pellet gun shooting causes panic in North Carolina bookstore
23 Mar 2019 at 7:47am
CARY, N.C. (AP) - An 18-year-old man fired pellet guns inside a North Carolina bookstore, creating panic and causing minor injuries to two people, authorities said.
Town of Cary spokeswoman Kathryn Trogdon said the white male suspect came into the Barnes and Noble store Friday and started shooting with two ...
Pope replaces Santiago bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up
by NICOLE WINFIELD
23 Mar 2019 at 7:44am
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Saturday replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the embattled archbishop of Santiago, Chile, after he became embroiled in the country's spiraling sex abuse and cover-up scandal.
Francis accepted Ezzati's resignation and named a temporary replacement to govern Chile's most important archdiocese: the Spanish-born Capuchin friar ...
Timeline: Key events since Thailand's last general election
by The Associated Press
23 Mar 2019 at 3:28am
BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand will hold its first general election Sunday since the military ousted the elected government in a coup nearly five years ago.
Thailand has a long history of cycling through elected governments that are then ousted by the army, which in time allows fresh elections.
Here's a ...
Twin bombing at Afghan ceremony kills 4, including official
23 Mar 2019 at 3:16am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A twin bombing at a public ceremony in southern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least four people, including a provincial official, and wounded more than 30, officials said.
Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said the bombings targeted a celebration of Farmer's Day ...
Can brutal Bethlehem slaying ever be solved after 40 years?
by PAMELA LEHMAN and LAURIE MASON SCHROEDER, The (Allentown) Morning Call
23 Mar 2019 at 3:05am
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - The package arrived in the mail several months ago and landed on Bethlehem Detective Tom Galloway's desk with a thud. There was no return address.
It held a plastic three-ring binder, containing several pages of meticulously organized notes. A young woman's smiling face on the cover, ...
Man gets 18 months for threatening calls to Congress members
23 Mar 2019 at 3:05am
OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for threatening several U.S. Congress members.
Court records show that 36-year-old Richard Mel Phillips was sentenced Thursday in Ocala federal court. He pleaded guilty in November to transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.
Prosecutors say ...
Arizona man gets time served in sweat lodge sex contact case
23 Mar 2019 at 1:59am
PHOENIX (AP) - The FBI says a man who lived on a remote Arizona reservation known for its blue-green waterfalls has been sentenced to time served plus lifetime supervised release in a case involving sexual contact during a sweat lodge ceremony he performed.
The agency said Friday that 53-year-old Fydel ...
Nation awaits key findings as Mueller wraps up Russia probe
by ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO and CHAD DAY
23 Mar 2019 at 1:45am
WASHINGTON (AP) - Special counsel Robert Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency. The Justice Department was expected to release the main findings as soon as Saturday.
Even with the details still ...