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In this Nov. 29, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, after stepping off Marine One. Trump has delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election results that produced a win for Democrat Joe Biden, unspooling one misstatement after another to back his baseless claim that he really won.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In video, Trump recycles unsubstantiated voter fraud claims

Dec. 3, 2020 12:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasingly detached from reality, President Donald Trump stood before a White House lectern and delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election results that produced a win for Democrat Joe Biden, unspooling one misstatement after another to back his baseless claim that he really...

Man sentenced to 6 months in prison on old marijuana charge

Dec. 3, 2020 12:43 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man who has been waiting nine years to be sentenced on a marijuana conviction has been sentenced to six months in prison. The Spokesman-Review reported that Brice Davis had faced up to 15 years in federal prison after he was charged in 2011, shortly before marijuana...

Man sentenced for breaking baby's bones

Dec. 3, 2020 12:32 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A former hospital worker during sentencing Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court said he was stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic when hurt his infant son. Charles Medley was sentenced to three years probation with conditions including attending parenting and aggression control classes,...

Former Meridian police officer pleads guilty to extortion

Dec. 3, 2020 12:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer from Meridian, Mississippi, has pleaded guilty to extortion after prosecutors said he requested and received a cash payment in exchange for not ticketing a driver during a traffic stop in April. Royric “Roy” Benamon, 27, entered the guilty plea...

FILE - In this Nov. 14., 2020, file photo supporters of President Donald Trump attend pro-Trump marches outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Justices order review of California virus rules for churches

Dec. 3, 2020 11:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices' recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York. The high court's unsigned order,...

Union coalition urges state to approve methanol plant

Dec. 3, 2020 11:17 AM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A coalition of about 25 national and international unions wants Washington state officials to approve plans for a $2 billion methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. In a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, North America’s Building Trades Unions wrote: “As you know, we have...

Hawaii court ruling closes loophole for aquarium fishing

Dec. 3, 2020 8:50 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The state of Hawaii plans to comply with a court order to close a loophole allowing commercial aquarium fishing despite a previous ruling for the practice to be halted. The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources said Monday it will stop issuing...

FILE - This Oct. 16, 2020, file photo shows Kenneth Earl Gay, who was previously convicted of killing a Los Angeles police officer, during a retrial hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court in San Fernando Courthouse in San Fernando, Calif. Prosecutors will re-try the case against Gay, but have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty again. Gay, 62, is charged with murdering Los Angeles Police Officer Paul Verna in 1983. The California Supreme Court has twice overturned Gay's death penalty sentence and in February vacated his original conviction, forcing the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office to decide if it would pursue the case again. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Prosecutors to retry man accused of killing police officer

Dec. 2, 2020 11:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors will re-try a case against a man accused of killing a Los Angeles police officer over 30 years ago, but the incoming district attorney will not seek the death penalty again despite the family's wishes for capital punishment. Kenneth Earl Gay, 62, is charged with murder in...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2013 file photo, the Honorable Paul Newby addresses those in attendance before Susan Martin (R-Wilson) takes the oath of office for the North Carolina House of Representatives, in Wilson, N.C. Candidates in North Carolina's yet-decided races for Supreme Court chief justice and attorney general awaited final official results on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, from several counties, two of which had to adjust previous tallies due to administrative errors.  Current Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and challenger Newby, the senior associate justice, remained in an extremely close election. A statewide recount in the race was likely as hundreds of votes separated the two from nearly 5.4 million counted.  (Brad Coville/The Wilson Times via AP, File)

Newby still up after machine recount in N.C. justice race

Dec. 2, 2020 11:16 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Paul Newby's narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley changed little overall as a statewide machine recount of North Carolina's very close race for Supreme Court chief justice was finally completed late Wednesday. The 401-vote lead for Newby won't signal an...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2020, file photo, election workers, right, verify ballots as recount observers, left, watch during a Milwaukee hand recount of presidential votes at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wisconsin seeking to disqualify hundreds of thousands of ballots in a longshot attempt to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's win in the battleground state he lost by nearly 20,700 votes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh File)

Wisconsin governor calls Trump lawsuit an 'assault'

Dec. 2, 2020 9:21 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn Wisconsin's election results by tossing ballots only from the state's two most heavily Democratic counties is an “assault on democracy,” attorneys for Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said in filings with the Wisconsin Supreme Court....