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Report: Oregon has too few public defenders

Jan. 21, 2022 12:21 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has only roughly one-third of the public defense attorneys it needs to provide reasonably effective assistance to low-income defendants, a committee of the American Bar Association and a major accounting firm said in a report released Friday. “We all...

2 North Carolina tax preparers sentenced in filing scheme

Jan. 19, 2022 08:23 AM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina tax preparers have pleaded guilty to charges that they prepared fraudulent tax returns with an estimated loss to the government of $1.5 million, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Court documents say Whitney Danielle Sales owned and...

Ex-bookkeeper gets prison, ordered to pay $3M in restitution

Jan. 12, 2022 17:42 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman who pleaded guilty to illegally taking more than $3 million from the company she worked for has been sentenced to five years in prison. Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. also sentenced Karen Duhon, 67, of Berwick, to three years...

California Democrats revive universal health care bill

Jan. 06, 2022 20:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What could be the nation's first universal health care system found new life on Thursday after California Democrats proposed steep tax hikes to pay for it, prompting strong opposition from insurers, doctors and Republicans at the start of an election year. ...

St. Louis-area bookkeeper sentenced for stealing $670,000

Jan. 06, 2022 10:38 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area bookkeeper has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for stealing $670,000 from a trust fund that provided money for several charities. Paula K. Smith, 69, of O'Fallon, Missouri, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court. She...

Fargo airport authority given greater autonomy

Jan. 03, 2022 14:47 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The City of Fargo and the municipal board that governs the community's airport are signing an agreement Monday that gives the airport more autonomy. Formal negotiations have gone on for more than two years and at times have been contentious. The city and the...

Possible relics of lost WWII US bomber, crew found in Italy

Dec. 23, 2021 15:50 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — An archaeological dig in Sicily has uncovered traces of a lost World War II American heavy bomber shot down in 1943, and possible human remains that could lead to identification of five airmen whose bodies were never recovered. The six-week dig that ended this week...

EXPLAINER: Why US inflation is so high, and when it may ease

Dec. 10, 2021 11:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is starting to look like that unexpected — and unwanted — houseguest who just won’t leave. For months, many economists had sounded a reassuring message that a spike in consumer prices, something that had been missing in action in the U.S. for a...

Remains of US soldier killed in Korean War identified

Dec. 08, 2021 16:24 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Beverly Guliuzza was overcome with a mix of shock, sadness and relief when military officials told her they had identified the remains of her brother, Benjamin Bazzell, an Army corporal who went missing in action during the Korean War in 1950 when she was just 12. ...

Upstate NY WWII soldier killed in France IDed after 77 years

Dec. 03, 2021 14:07 PM EST

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a World War II soldier from upstate New York killed in France in 1944 have been identified, defense officials announced Friday. U.S. Army Pfc. Morris E. Swackhammer, 20, of Binghamton was accounted for June 28, according to the...