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Officials probe COVID-19 outbreak at Houston-area facility

Jun. 5, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Health officials said Friday that they are investigating an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus at a suburban Houston health care facility that has been quarantined after 14 deaths were reported. Harris County Public Health began investigating the outbreak on April 21 after two people tested...

Court rules reporter's White House pass unfairly suspended

Jun. 5, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the White House last year unfairly suspended the press credentials of a Washington reporter for Playboy. Reporter Brian Karem filed a federal lawsuit after the administration imposed a 30-day suspension of the pass that...

Consent order approved in Philadelphia jail virus lawsuit

Jun. 5, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has approved a consent order requiring better access to soap, face masks and cleaning supplies to settle a portion of a lawsuit brought against Philadelphia seeking better coronavirus protections and improvements of other conditions for prisoners in the city's jails. ...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a bird flies among wind turbines near King City, Mo. The Trump administration is moving to scale back criminal enforcement of a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species. The former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP billions of birds could die if the government doesn't hold companies liable for accidental bird deaths. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

US moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections

Jun. 5, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Officials said in a draft study of the proposal that it could result in more deaths of...

Supreme Court delays federal prison inmates' release in Ohio

Jun. 5, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has granted the federal government's request to delay the release of medically vulnerable inmates at a federal prison in eastern Ohio where hundreds have tested positive for the coronavirus. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued the brief order Thursday evening —...

In this May 20, 2020, photo, provided by UNICEF, Mohammed Rakib, 15, who was accused of beating a man and sent to an overcrowded detention center, cries before being released, in Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Authorities in Bangladesh have been releasing hundreds of children suspected of committing mostly petty crimes as they try to keep the coronavirus from spreading in overcrowded detention centers, officials said Friday. The orders for their release on bail came from virtual courts set up by the country's Supreme Court with the help of UNICEF, officials said.

Bangladeshi courts freeing child suspects due to virus risk

Jun. 5, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh have been releasing hundreds of children suspected of committing mostly petty crimes as they try to keep the coronavirus from spreading in overcrowded detention centers, officials said Friday. The orders for their release on bail came from virtual courts...

Burundi appeals court upholds journalists' prison sentence

Jun. 5, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An appeals court in Burundi on Friday upheld the two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for four journalists convicted on charges of trying to undermine state security. The journalists are with Iwacu, one of the few remaining private media organizations in the East African nation....

FILE - In this April 12, 2020, file photo, Norma Urrabazo prays while wearing a face mask before speaking at an Easter drive-in service at the International Church of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. Nevada's lawyers are stepping up their defense of Gov. Steve Sisolak's 50-person cap on religious gatherings in a legal battle with leaders of Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a rural church who say it violates their constitutional right to exercise their beliefs. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada defends cap on church services; sheriff won't enforce

Jun. 5, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s lawyers are stepping up their defense of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s 50-person cap on religious gatherings in a legal battle with leaders of a rural church who say it violates their constitutional right to exercise their beliefs. Attorney General Aaron Ford is urging a...

In this image provided by the U.S. State Department, Michael White holds an American flag as he poses for a photo Thursday, June 4, 2020, with U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook at the Zurich, Switzerland, airport after White’s release from Iran.  White, a Navy veteran who's been detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and is making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft. (U.S. State Department via AP)

Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal

Jun. 5, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran whose family said his only crime was falling in love left Iran on Thursday after nearly two years of detention, winning his freedom as part of a deal that spared an American-Iranian physician from any additional time behind bars. Michael White flew from Tehran to...

Pilot program to bring legal aid to domestic abuse accusers

Jun. 5, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's state court system is moving to help those who experience domestic violence obtain free legal assistance. An administrative order signed Wednesday by Supreme Court Justice Robert Brutinel creates a pilot program to have a new type of worker provide legal advice to employees and...