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New Mexico court upholds former officer's murder conviction

Oct. 21, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a former Silver City police officer in the killing of his estranged wife amid a contentious divorce and child-custody case. The court's ruling Monday said the trial court properly allowed admission of...

FILE- In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla.  Despite efforts by the Trump administration to improve communication to track children who are separated from their families at the border, the process is still vulnerable to error and information sharing between agencies is inconsistent, raising questions on the accuracy of current data, a watchdog reported Thursday.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Parents of 545 children separated at border can't be found

Oct. 20, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Court-appointed lawyers said Tuesday that they have been unable to find parents of 545 children who were separated at the U.S. border with Mexico early in the Trump administration. The children were separated between July 1, 2017, and June 26, 2018, when a federal judge in San Diego...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, stacks of ballot envelopes are waiting to be mailed at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina issued new guidance Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, to allow counties to deal with more than 10,000 absentee ballots with various deficiencies that have been in limbo due to court battles over the witness requirement for voting by mail. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Court lets North Carolina keep absentee deadline extension

Oct. 20, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day for more than a week afterward, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block an extension for accepting the ballots that was announced in late September. The State Board of Elections...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo hundreds of Immanuel Schools supporters hold signs and gather outside the B.F. Sisk Courthouse in support of the schools' decision to defy the county's COVID-19 orders prior to a court hearing in Fresno, Calif. The California private school has been ordered to pay $15,000 for defying a judge's order to close classrooms and stop in-person teaching. The decision Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in the Fresno County Superior Court ends a nearly three-month legal battle between Immanuel Schools, a private K-12 Christian school in California's Central Valley, and county and state officials. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee via AP, File)

California school fined for violating court COVID-19 order

Oct. 20, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California private school has been ordered to pay $15,000 for defying a judge’s order to close classrooms and stop in-person teaching, in what may be the first judgment of its kind against a California school for violating health orders aimed at slowing the spread of...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Robert Brown Public Relations shows Greg Lindberg. Lindberg has started serving a federal prison sentence for corruption-related convictions and was in custody Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Alabama, according to Scott Taylor, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. (Robert Brown Public Relations/Greg Lindberg via AP, File)

N.C. insurance magnate begins serving federal prison term

Oct. 20, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina insurance magnate and prolific political donor has started serving a federal prison sentence for corruption-related convictions. Greg E. Lindberg was in custody on Tuesday at a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Alabama, according to Scott Taylor, a spokesman for...

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. A judge has cleared the way for grand jurors to speak about the proceedings in the case against the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor. An anonymous grand juror who sat on the panel last month had sued to speak publicly. None of the officers were charged directly in Taylor’s death, but one officer was charged with endangering Taylor’s neighbors. Cameron, whose office led the investigation, had opposed letting grand jurors speak about the proceedings. He has said he did not introduce any homicide charges against the two officers who shot Taylor, because they were justified in returning fire after Taylor's boyfriend shot at them. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Grand juror speaks after judge ruling in Breonna Taylor case

Oct. 20, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — A grand juror who won a court fight to speak publicly about the Breonna Taylor investigation took issue Tuesday with statements by Kentucky's attorney general and said the jury was not given the option to consider charges connected to Taylor's shooting death by police. The anonymous...

FILE - Audrey Strauss, acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference, July 2, 2020, in New York. Transcripts of interviews lawyers conducted with Maxwell, the ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, should be released as soon as possible, a judge ordered on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.  U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said the transcripts of two days of depositions in 2016 of the British socialite and related documents along with the deposition transcript of an anonymous accuser should be released publicly as soon as is practicable. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Judge OKs release of Ghislaine Maxwell transcripts

Oct. 20, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Transcripts of interviews lawyers conducted with the ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein must be released by Thursday morning, a judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska's order allows the public release of transcripts of two days of...

Court strikes Louisiana's 'Sex Offender' ID requirement

Oct. 20, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's requirement that people convicted of certain sex crimes carry a state-issued ID card with the words “SEX OFFENDER” printed on it in orange capital letters is unconstitutional, the state's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 6-1 ruling upholds a decision by a state...

In this court artist sketch, former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda's appears in federal court, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles. Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Bill Robles via AP).

Ex-Mexican defense secretary is denied bail on drug charges

Oct. 20, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge denied bail to Mexico's former defense secretary on Tuesday on charges of helping a Mexican cartel smuggle drugs to the United States in exchange for bribes, casting aside an argument that the retired general wouldn't flee because he was determined to exonerate himself. “My...