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Oregon justice fires panel due to lack of public defenders

Aug. 15, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's chief justice fired all the members of the Public Defense Services Commission on Monday, frustrated that hundreds of defendants charged with crimes and who cannot afford an attorney have been unable to obtain public defenders to represent them. The...

US offers more monkeypox vaccine to states and cities

Aug. 15, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials said they are able to ship out more monkeypox vaccine doses than previously planned — because of a strategy shift that allows more shots to be drawn from each vial. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had previously anticipated allowing...

Kemp will hand out up to $1.2B in cash to poorer Georgians

Aug. 15, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday he will spend up to $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 aid on payments of $350 apiece to more than 3 million Georgians who benefit from Medicaid, subsidized child health insurance, food stamps or cash welfare assistance. The payments will...

Court: Mask order didn't violate shop's free speech rights

Aug. 15, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County health officials didn't violate free speech protections when they cited a Middleton cafe for advertising itself as a “mask-free zone” during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Helbachs Cafe posted a sign in July 2020 saying the shop was...

Doctor who sexually abused patients kills himself in jail

Aug. 15, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A once-prominent neurologist convicted last month of sexually abusing patients killed himself Monday at a New York City jail, two people familiar with the matter said. Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, 68, was found unresponsive in a shower area at the Eric M. Taylor Center, a...

NC governor signs order officially ending COVID-19 emergency

Aug. 15, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's state of emergency giving extraordinary powers to state government to address the COVID-19 pandemic is ending Monday as Gov. Roy Cooper officially concluded it nearly 2 1/2 years after he entered his first order. The Democratic governor...

Judge rejects former mayor's request for release from prison

Aug. 15, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

A federal judge has rejected the latest attempt by a former Connecticut mayor to have his sentence on child-sex charges shortened. Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano, who has served 19 years of a 37-year sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing 9- and 11-year-old girls,...

Defense secretary Austin positive for COVID for second time

Aug. 15, 2022 15:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19, is experiencing mild symptoms and will quarantine at home. It's the second time Austin has gotten the coronavirus. In a statement, Austin, 69, said he is fully vaccinated and has...

Lions' Funchess making adjustment to tight end position

Aug. 15, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Devin Funchess, hoping to play in the NFL for the first time since 2019, made the most of his opportunities in the Detroit Lions’ preseason opener. The former Michigan star had 21 touchdown receptions for the Carolina Panthers over the first four years...

Massachusetts art museum workers schedule 1-day strike

Aug. 15, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Unionized workers at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, frustrated with the progress of contract negotiations, have authorized a one-day strike for later this week. The workers at the North Adams museum, commonly referred to as MASS MoCA, have...