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Jennifer Sposato, a trainer at Life Time health club, works out as the club remains open even as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order for all gyms to close due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix. For the third straight day, several health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Ducey's 30-day shutdown order to close gyms, bars, water park and tubing businesses, raising questions about whether officials who have been criticized for responding indecisively to the pandemic will be effective in shutting down the clubs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

2 dozen health clubs disobey Arizona’s gym closure order

Jul. 3, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — For the third straight day, two dozen health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Gov. Doug Ducey’s order Thursday to close gyms, leading officials who had been criticized for acting indecisively during the pandemic to threaten to sue two club chains if they didn't shut down. The...

Serial rapist pleads guilty to 2 1990s California assaults

Jul. 2, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Twenty years after prosecutors filed charges against a then-unknown serial rapist based on DNA samples, a former federal prison guard pleaded guilty Thursday to the California crimes. Mark Jeffrey Manteuffel, 60, of Decatur, Georgia, entered pleas to three counts of forcible rape...

Journalists, legal observers exempt from orders to disperse

Jul. 2, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some journalists and legal observers will be exempt from Portland police orders requiring protesters to disperse after an unlawful assembly or riot is declared, under a 14-day temporary order issued by a federal judge Thursday. Police also cannot arrest, threaten to arrest or use...

Attorney charged in bribery scheme to stay free until trial

Jul. 2, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A private attorney accused along with four Toledo City Council members of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme will be allowed to remain free while the case proceeds, a judge has ruled. Federal prosecutors had sought to have Keith Mitchell detained until his trial, arguing that...

Utah man pleads guilty to killing teen girl to silence her

Jul. 1, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man pleaded guilty to killing a 15-year-old girl who threatened to tell police he had sex with her. Shaun Patrick French, 26, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder Wednesday, The Deseret News reports. French admitted to waiting for 15-year-old Baleigh Bagshaw to return home from...

Georgia man pleads guilty to threatening schools in 2 states

Jul. 1, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to threatening to attack schools in east Alabama and west Georgia with firearms and explosives. Levi Calhoun III, 28, of of Georgetown, Georgia, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to threatening schools and conveying false information,...

Nebraska sheriff's deputy accused of domestic disputes

Jul. 1, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

MCCOOK, Neb. (AP) — State police have arrested a southwestern Nebraska sheriff’s deputy accused of using his patrol car to chase down his wife and of threatening her with his service weapon. Troopers arrested Red Willow County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Dice, 28, on suspicion of making...

4 Toledo City Council members in custody amid bribery probe

Jun. 30, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Four Toledo City Council members and a private attorney were accused Tuesday of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme that encouraged soliciting and/or accepting cash and other things of value from business owners in exchange for favorable votes on issues before the council,...

Suspected shoplifter detained at gunpoint by citizens

Jun. 30, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two people who pointed handguns at a suspected shoplifter in Washington state and threatened to shoot her have received some cautionary advice from police: Be reasonable. A video posted on Facebook shows a woman being held at gunpoint in her car in Spokane by people who believed she...

Alif Baqytali plays on a tricycle at his home in Shonzhy, Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Baqytali's mother, Gulnar Omirzakh, a Chinese-born ethnic Kazakh, says she was forced to get an intrauterine contraceptive device, and that authorities threatened to detain her if she didn't pay a large fine for giving birth to Alif, her third child. (AP Photo/Mukhit Toktassyn)

China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization

Jun. 29, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about...