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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2020, file photo, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, receives a final report from Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo, a member of the Independent Commission of Enquiry for Rakhine State, at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. When Suu Kyi walked into the International Court of Justice in December, 2019, she gambled the remaining shreds of her hard-won international reputation on a rebuttal of accusations that her country's military committed genocide against minority Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Genocide charge dents halo of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Jan. 25, 2020 6:17 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — When Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi walked into the International Court of Justice last month, she gambled the remaining shreds of her hard-won international reputation on a rebuttal of accusations that her country's military committed genocide against minority Rohingya Muslims. The court was...

N Carolina attorneys file appeal plans of voter ID ruling

Jan. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general filed formal notice Friday that his office will appeal a federal judge's ruling that has blocked the latest legislative bid to carry out a voter photo identification law. Lawyers serving under Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein filed the paperwork...

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a trip to Miami to attend the Republican National Committee winter meetings, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

California defies threat of fund loss over abortion coverage

Jan. 24, 2020 6:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Democratic leaders were defiant Friday after the Trump administration threatened to cut federal health care funding to the nation’s most populous state over its requirement that insurance plans cover abortions. The administration's announcement came...

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Jamal Bennett. The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out Bennet's murder conviction, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a

Michigan court reverses murder conviction, cites rap videos

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously threw out a murder conviction Friday, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a “ruthless and menacing threat to the community.” Jamal Bennett is serving a 32-year prison sentence for the fatal shooting...

Ex-Mexican police official faces drug-trafficking charges

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Mexican intelligence unit commander who was a main point of contact for intelligence sharing between U.S. agencies and Mexican federal police pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges in federal court in New York on Friday. Authorities say Ivan Reyes Arzate received thousands...

Ex-Boston City Hall official sentenced in bribery scheme

Jan. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston City Hall official who admitted accepting a bribe was sentenced in federal court Friday to just over three years in prison and one year of supervised release. John Lynch, who pleaded guilty in September to one count of bribery and one count of filing a false federal tax...

Lawmakers slam Missouri Supreme Court over bail rules

Jan. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Dozens of Missouri lawmakers have asked the state Supreme Court to undo new rules limiting when judges can impose bail, a move that was aimed at reducing court costs that can derail the lives of low-income defendants. More than 80 legislators signed on to a letter sent by Rep. Justin...

Police in ‘substantial compliance’ with required reforms

Jan. 24, 2020 5:18 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Justice Department lawyers said Friday they’ve found the Portland Police Bureau in substantial compliance with 190 reforms required as part of a city settlement adopted six years ago. The settlement came after a federal investigation determined officers used excessive...

Florida death penalty experts concerned about court ruling

Jan. 24, 2020 5:05 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Supreme Court decision involving the death penalty has thrown between 100 to 150 cases into legal limbo, experts say. On Thursday, the court said it erred in 2016 when it ruled a jury must be unanimous in deciding a defendant convicted of murder should be sentenced to...

Ohio judge apologizes for writing homophobic letters in '90s

Jan. 24, 2020 4:42 PM EST

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio deeply apologized Thursday for a pair of homophobic letters-to-the-editor he wrote to his college newspaper in the 1990s. Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard issued the apology to news outlets in Toledo, after WTOL-TV reported on the letters, which are...