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Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Nov. 24, 2020 8:15 AM EST

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Nov. 24 The Herald-Dispatch on West Virginia residents who are participating in AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trials: COVID-19 and our response to it has dominated everything this year. There is progress in the fight, and some of it is happening here in West...

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., questions Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, and Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Facebook and Twitter's actions around the closely contested election, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After criticism, Feinstein to step down as top Judiciary Dem

Nov. 23, 2020 8:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday she will step down from her role as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, giving up the powerful spot after public criticism of her bipartisan outreach and her handling of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation...

South Africa judge files criminal complaint against ex-prez

Nov. 23, 2020 8:58 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African judge said he will file a criminal complaint against former South African president Jacob Zuma after he staged a dramatic walkout while attending a commission of inquiry looking into corruption during his tenure from 2009 to 2018. Zuma left the commission hearing without...

UK Supreme Court to decide whether IS bride can return

Nov. 23, 2020 7:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court is set to decide whether a woman who ran away from her London home as a teenager to join the Islamic State group in Syria can return to the U.K. The British government is fighting to keep Shamima Begum from coming back to the country where she was born. At a...

Report: 1,500 La. inmates convicted by nonunanimous juries

Nov. 21, 2020 2:12 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 1,500 current Louisiana inmates — including 900 serving life sentences without parole eligibility — were convicted by nonunanimous juries, according to a recent report by criminal justice advocates. The report was released Tuesday by the New Orleans-based Promise...

Today in History

Nov. 21, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 21, the 326th day of 2020. There are 40 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 21, 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. On this date: In 1920, the Irish Republican Army killed 12 British intelligence...

The Supreme Court in Washington on the day after the election, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Justices put off case over access to Russia probe grand jury

Nov. 20, 2020 12:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is putting off upcoming arguments about whether Congress should have access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had asked the court to put off arguments...

Rate of rejected SC ballots without signatures drops in 2020

Nov. 20, 2020 9:06 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Absentee ballots in South Carolina were turned in without required signatures at a lower rate in the 2020 election than the presidential election four years ago. About 0.7% of mailed in ballots lacked witness signatures this election, compared to about 1.2% in 2016, according to an...

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Orlando Hall, a federal inmate who killed a Texas teenage, is set to be executed at the prison on Thursday, Nov. 19.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen

Nov. 20, 2020 1:26 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Orlando Hall got stiffed on a drug deal and went to a Texas apartment looking for the two brothers who took his money. They weren't home, but their 16-year-old sister was. Late Thursday, Hall was put to death for abducting and killing the teenager, Lisa Rene. His was the eighth...

Judge Raymond Zondo, chairman of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, arrives in court, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Former President Jacob Zuma is appearing before a state commission investigating serious allegations of corruption during his tenure as head of state between 2009 and 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Ex-South African leader Zuma walks out on graft commission

Nov. 19, 2020 6:01 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma staged a walkout Thursday at the commission investigating graft in government during his tenure after failing in his legal bid for the commission's chairman to recuse himself. Zuma was set to take the witness stand after the ruling, but he left...