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Federal judge blocks 2nd Kentucky abortion law within days

Mar. 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in days, a federal judge on Wednesday issued an order temporarily blocking a new Kentucky law aimed at imposing more restrictions on abortion. U.S. District Judge David J. Hale granted another temporary restraining order sought by the American Civil Liberties Union...

The Latest: NZ imam preparing for emotional Friday prayer

Mar. 20, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 11:30 a.m. An imam says he's expecting thousands of people at an emotional Friday prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand, a week after a gunman killed 42 people at his mosque and 50 people in all. Gamal Fouda...

California Editorial Rdp

Mar. 20, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

March 19 Santa Cruz Sentinel on police being able to build trust by backing transparency reforms: Recent stories published in this newspaper have uncovered cases of police misconduct that resulted in officers losing their jobs. These reports were part of an effort undertaken by many California newspapers,...

Jury awards $250,000 to woman jailed without seeing a judge

Mar. 20, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury awarded $250,000 in damages Tuesday to a woman jailed 96 days without seeing a judge, a case spotlighting how Mississippi still struggles to provide access to lawyers or bail to people jailed before trial. The verdict included $200,000 in damages against Choctaw...

Man sentenced to death in kidnap-killing of California teen

Mar. 20, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California jury has sentenced a man to death for kidnapping and killing a 17-year-old girl as she walked to a friend's house in 2010. The same jurors last week convicted 42-year-old Jesse Torres of first-degree murder for the death of Norma Lopez in Riverside County. The...

Mom admits plotting girl's death: 'I wanted her to go away'

Mar. 20, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified Wednesday that she helped plot the attack and carry it out, telling her daughter before her death that "I can't help you anymore." Appearing to smirk at times, Sara Packer calmly recounted how she watched her...

Shooting suspect's bail set at $750,000

Mar. 20, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — A judge has more than doubled the bail set for a volunteer firefighter accused of shooting at homes over several nights in Connecticut. Superior Court Judge Kathleen McNamara set 28-year-old Matthew Cardell's bail at $750,000 during his arraignment hearing Tuesday. She also ordered...

Sioux Falls woman pleads no contest to day care abuse

Mar. 20, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former Sioux Falls day care worker facing dozens of child abuse charges has pleaded no contest to two counts. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing. The Argus Leader reports Kenedi Wendt is to be sentenced in June. Authorities allege...

Life sentence for father, son in armored truck guard's death

Mar. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A father and son have been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2017 death of an armored truck driver in New Orleans. WVUE-TV reports that Wednesday's sentence of Armstead and Jerome Kieffer follows their October convictions in federal court. The charges stemmed from a May...

Harvard profits from early photos of slaves, lawsuit says

Mar. 20, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University has "shamelessly" turned a profit from photos of two 19th-century slaves while ignoring requests to turn the photos over to the slaves' descendants, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League school for "wrongful...