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US appeals court to hear Mississippi voting rights case

Sep. 22, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Mississippi's ban on voting rights for people convicted of some felonies — a case that could affect thousands of people. The original list of...

Iowa focuses on masks as coronavirus deaths rise

Sep. 21, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 18 months after Iowa's first coronavirus case, the state finds itself in a protracted argument over the value of wearing masks, especially in schools where children are increasingly becoming infected with the virus. As the COVID-19...

Biden nominee confirmed as federal judge for New Mexico

Sep. 21, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces-based defense and civil rights attorney Margaret Strickland was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate to serve as a federal judge in New Mexico, where two prior nominees from former President Donald Trump were sidelined in the runup to the 2020 election. ...

Ex-Kankakee official sent to prison for $2 million theft

Sep. 21, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A man who stole $2 million from Kankakee and a regional wastewater agency was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and two years of home confinement. Richard Simms, 74, acknowledged diverting money through a fraudulent software invoicing...

El Salvador president says he's world's 'coolest dictator'

Sep. 21, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat in El Salvador said Tuesday she sees “a decline in democracy” the country, where President Nayib Bukele changed his Twitter profile to read “the coolest dictator in the world.” The U.S. State Department put...

Ex-mayor, elected at age 23, gets 6 years in corruption case

Sep. 21, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts mayor, once a rising Democratic star after being elected at just 23 years old, was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses that wanted to operate in his...

Ex-CEO of suburban Chicago company acquitted in federal case

Sep. 21, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has acquitted the former CEO of a suburban Chicago manufacturing company of all charges in a case that accused him of inflating revenue reports by $24 million. U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman cleared Gary Winemaster of all counts...

Memphis high school student dies after contracting COVID-19

Sep. 21, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — School officials in Memphis say a student died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19 as Tennessee continues to rank among the highest case rates in the nation. A spokesperson for Frayser Community Schools charter network tells The...

Court order sought to end mask mandate in Vegas-area schools

Sep. 21, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Parents of students in the Las Vegas area who filed a lawsuit last month challenging Nevada’s COVID-19 mask mandates asked a federal judge on Monday to issue an emergency order allowing children to attend school without masks. The lawsuit filed...

EXPLAINER: Wisconsin redistricting legal battle picks up

Sep. 21, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The battle over drawing new political boundary lines in Wisconsin is heating up, with federal judges telling the Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday that it wants to have new maps enacted by March. U.S. District Judge James Peterson said the...