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Australia court convicts woman of murdering mom to gain kids

Jun. 21, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian jury convicted an infertile woman on Thursday of murdering a mother-of-four in a plot to gain custody of the children. Christine Lyons, 47, was found guilty in the Victoria state Supreme Court of murdering Samantha Kelly in January 2016 in a bungalow they shared...

Dems unleash kitchen-sink strategy on immigration

Jun. 21, 2018 12:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the White House struggles to move past another self-imposed crisis, Democrats are fighting to ensure this one isn't quickly forgotten. Fiery Democratic leaders from Vermont to New Jersey to Texas met President Donald Trump's executive order to stop dividing immigrant families with deep...

Silent no more, Ivanka Trump thanks father for border action

Jun. 21, 2018 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump, the presidential adviser who has billed herself as a "force for good" in the administration, remained silent for days as the firestorm over forced separations of migrant families consumed the White House. In a closed-door meeting with Republicans late Tuesday, President...

Virginia health care providers sue over abortion regulations

Jun. 20, 2018 11:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of women's health care providers filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn a number of Virginia's abortion regulations in light of a landmark 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The lawsuit filed in federal court challenges Virginia laws, some decades old, that restrict who can...

Face scans for international travelers at Florida airport

Jun. 20, 2018 11:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there. The expected announcement Thursday at Orlando International Airport alarms some...

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Jun. 20, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The torturers followed a schedule. Beatings on Saturdays, torture on Sundays, and Monday was a break. The next three days were the same routine. On Fridays, it was time for solitary confinement. From inside a Yemeni prison controlled by the United Arab Emirates — a top U.S. ally...

Detainees held without charges decry Emiratis' sexual abuses

Jun. 20, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of...

APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor

Jun. 20, 2018 10:29 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach unsuccessfully sought a governor's pardon for a corporate campaign donor's vice president whose crime, police said, involved threatening a cab driver by putting a gun to his head. Kobach, a Republican and leading candidate for Kansas governor,...

In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

Jun. 20, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border. It was a dramatic...

Utah lawmakers planning new effort on gun control bill

Jun. 20, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of Utah lawmakers said Wednesday they were working on legislation that would allow police to temporarily confiscate guns from people deemed to be a threat to the public and penalize parents if their child has easy access to their gun and uses it in a crime. The gun control...