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Turkish activist Feray Salman and international human rights activists speak to the media before the trial of the Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. A court in Istanbul will hand down verdicts for defendants in the closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders. (AP Photo)

Turkish court to issue verdict in rights activists' trial

Feb. 19, 2020 8:34 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A group of human rights activists delivered their final statements in their own defense on Wednesday before a court in Istanbul hands down a verdict in their closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against Amnesty International's former Turkey...

In this Wednesday April 4, 2018, file image, alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, center, takes his seat in the court room for his initial appearance on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. International Criminal Court judges rejected Wednesday an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who claimed the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud to start later this year for alleged crimes in Timbuktu including torture, rape and persecution. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

ICC judges OK trial for alleged Islamic extremist from Mali

Feb. 19, 2020 6:31 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Wednesday rejected an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who argued that the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag...

FILE - In this June 23, 2019, file photo, E. Jean Carroll poses for a photo in New York. Lawyers for Carroll, who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s, told a court Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 he's trying

Woman seeking Trump's DNA fights his effort to delay suit

Feb. 18, 2020 7:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a woman who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s told a court Tuesday he's trying “to stop the truth from ever coming out” by attempting to delay her defamation lawsuit and her effort to get his DNA. Trump's attorneys have asked a court to...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a statue stands outside the Boys Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy protection as it faces a barrage of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The filing Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Wilmington, Delaware, is an attempt to work out a potentially mammoth compensation plan for abuse victims that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward

Feb. 18, 2020 7:28 PM EST

The Boy Scouts of America urged victims to come forward Tuesday as the historic, 110-year-old organization filed for bankruptcy protection in the first step toward creating a huge compensation fund for potentially thousands of men who were molested as youngsters decades ago by scoutmasters or other leaders. The...

Wyandotte County (Kan.) District Court Judge Carlos Murguia, is seen in an undated black and white photo. Murguia, who was publicly reprimanded last fall after acknowledging that he sexually harassed female employees and had an extramarital affair with an offender, resigned on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Murguia's resignation is effective April 1, 2020. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas federal judge reprimanded over harassment resigns

Feb. 18, 2020 6:34 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas who was publicly reprimanded for sexually harassing female employees and having an extramarital affair with an offender resigned on Tuesday, saying he could no longer effectively serve on the court. U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, who was based in...

Judge hears arguments in Jill Stein's voting machine lawsuit

Feb. 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's top elections official spent hours in federal court Tuesday, defending the certification of voting machines being used by Philadelphia and two other Pennsylvania counties, including one where problems led to undercounted returns in a race in November. The hearing in...

Group urges court to overturn Harvard admissions case ruling

Feb. 18, 2020 5:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A group that opposes affirmative action urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to overturn a ruling that cleared Harvard University of discriminating against Asian American applicants. Students for Fair Admissions has accused the Ivy League college of deliberating holding down the number of...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said Tuesday it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone, an announcement that came just hours after President Donald Trump complained that the recommended sentence for his longtime ally and confidant was “very horrible and unfair.

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

Feb. 18, 2020 5:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to delay sentencing for Roger Stone on his witness tampering and lying to Congress conviction as President Donald Trump kept up his unrelenting defense of his longtime confidant and said he wouldn’t be quieted on social media even if he's making...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, released by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton. The Missouri Supreme Court announced on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it has set an execution date for Barton who was convicted of killing 81-year-old Gladys Kuehler in the rural Missouri town of Ozark in 1991. Barton would be the first Missouri inmate executed since Russell Bucklew was put to death in October. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Execution date set for man convicted of killing 81-year-old

Feb. 18, 2020 5:03 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager nearly three decades ago now faces execution in May. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set a May19execution date for Walter Barton, 64. He would be the first Missouri inmate put to death since Russell Bucklew...

FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. Sutton has been placed on death watch. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton was moved to a cell next to the execution chamber early Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, where he'll be under 24-hour surveillance. The 58-year-old is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee inmate moved to death watch; attorneys seek stay

Feb. 18, 2020 4:08 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee inmate Nicholas Sutton was placed on a death watch early Tuesday ahead of his scheduled execution later this week for the decades-old killing of a fellow inmate. Meanwhile, Sutton's attorneys made two last ditch appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. One asks the justices to...