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High court moves away from leniency for minors who murder

Apr. 22, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday to sentence minors convicted of murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a ruling that reflects a change in course driven by a more conservative group of justices. In a dissent, a liberal...

Supreme Court cuts back FTC power to seek ill-gotten gains

Apr. 22, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Thursday cut back the Federal Trade Commission's authority to recover ill-gotten gains, overturning a nearly $1.3 billion award against a professional race car driver who was convicted of cheating consumers through his payday loan businesses. ...

German 'emergency brake' plan clears last legislative hurdle

Apr. 22, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday as it was passed by parliament's upper house. The upper house,...

Fate of Polish judge hangs in balance as panel deliberates

Apr. 22, 2021 07:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A disputed disciplinary body within Poland's Supreme Court is devoting a second day Thursday to examining a motion that could result in the arrest of a judge who has become a symbol of the fight for an independent judiciary in the country. The...

Guatemala prosecutors pursue ex-president Jimmy Morales

Apr. 21, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors on Wednesday requested that former President Jimmy Morales be stripped of his immunity so he can be prosecuted for violating the mandate of the United Nations-backed anti-corruption mission then working in the country. ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 21, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 21 The Buffalo News on climate change, Earth Day and President Joe Biden's environmental plan: The realities of climate change present...

Teen's death puts focus on split-second police decisions

Apr. 20, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

It happened in less than a second. Thirteen-year-old Adam Toledo dropped the gun he'd been holding, turned and began raising his hands just as the officer had commanded. Then the cop fired a single shot, killing the boy in the dark Chicago alley. The...

Amy Coney Barrett has book deal with conservative imprint

Apr. 19, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has a book deal with a Penguin Random House imprint, The Associated Press has learned. Adrian Zackheim, who heads the conservative Sentinel imprint, confirmed Monday that he has an agreement with Barrett. Zackheim...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense argues he acted reasonably

Apr. 19, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys and witnesses have used the words “reasonable” or “unreasonable” often at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd ’s death. Derek Chauvin's defense attorney put the...

Supreme Court likely to bar some 'green card' applicants

Apr. 19, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Monday to prevent thousands of people living in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons from applying to become permanent residents. The justices seemed favorable, in arguments via telephone, to the case made by the Biden...