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Records show deputy charged in Sonya Massey's fatal shooting worked for 6 agencies in 4 years

Jul. 23, 2024 21:30 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The former sheriff's deputy charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Sonya Massey, a 36-year-old Black woman killed inside her Illinois home, had been employed by a half-dozen police agencies since 2020, according to state law enforcement records. Sean...

Migrant children were put in abusive shelters for years, suit says. Critics blame lack of oversight

Jul. 20, 2024 01:43 AM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — As allegations of sexual abuse built up at the largest housing provider for unaccompanied migrant children in the U.S., officials continued placing children in their care in a system that lacks adequate oversight, advocates say. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by...

Largest housing provider for migrant children engaged in pervasive sexual abuse, US says

Jul. 19, 2024 19:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Employees of the largest housing provider for unaccompanied migrant children in the U.S. repeatedly sexually abused and harassed children in their care for at least eight years, the Justice Department said Thursday, alleging a shocking litany of offenses that took place as...

Hunter Biden seeks dismissal of tax, gun cases, citing decision to toss Trump's classified docs case

Jul. 18, 2024 20:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, asked federal judges on Thursday to dismiss tax and gun cases against him, citing a ruling in Florida this week that threw out a separate prosecution of former President Donald Trump. The requests in federal court in Delaware and...

Boeing case puts a spotlight on plea agreements involving corporate defendants

Jul. 18, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

After two jetliner crashes killed 346 people, a $2.5 billion settlement that let Boeing avoid criminal prosecution failed to resolve questions about the safety of the aerospace giant's planes. Federal prosecutors now accuse the company of failing to live up to terms of the 2021...

Judge's order dismissing Trump classified docs case won't be final word as long court fight awaits

Jul. 17, 2024 15:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge's stunning decision to dismiss the classified documents case against Donald Trump brought an abrupt halt to what experts have considered the strongest and most straightforward of the prosecutions of the former president. But it's hardly the final word. ...

Appeals court voids Marine's adoption of Afghan orphan; child's fate remains in limbo

Jul. 16, 2024 20:55 PM EDT

A Virginia appellate court ruled Tuesday that a U.S. Marine should never have been granted an adoption of an Afghan war orphan and voided the custody order he’s relied on to raise the girl for nearly three years. The decision marked a major turning point in a bitter custody battle that has...

Federal judge dismisses Trump classified documents case over concerns with prosecutor's appointment

Jul. 15, 2024 21:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Florida dismissed the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump on Monday, siding with defense lawyers who said the special counsel who filed the charges was illegally appointed by the Justice Department. Hours later,...

Georgia sheriff laments scrapped jail plans in county under federal civil rights investigation

Jul. 12, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The sheriff in a Georgia county where prison conditions have led to a federal civil rights investigation criticized a decision not to move forward with plans for a new jail, calling the vote “shortsighted" on Friday. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners on...

Congress OKs bill overhauling oversight of troubled federal Bureau of Prisons

Jul. 10, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul oversight and bring greater transparency to the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons following reporting from The Associated Press that exposed systemic corruption in the federal prison system and increased congressional scrutiny. ...