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More rental aid is reaching tenants to stave off eviction

Sep. 24, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

Almost a month after a federal eviction moratorium ended, the Treasury Department said Friday that states and cities distributed money for nearly 1.4 million payments in August and the pace picked up from the month before. More than 16.5% of the tens of billions of...

Judge orders restaurant to cease operations in mask dispute

Sep. 24, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — A Jackson County judge has ordered a suburban Kansas City restaurant to shut down in the wake of its owner’s continued defiance of a mask mandate intended to fight the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this month, Judge James Kanatazar ordered...

Sotomayor's picture book 'Just Help!' coming in January

Sep. 24, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is continuing her successful side career as an author with a picture book about giving to others. Sotomayor's “Just Help! How to Build a Better World” will be published Jan. 22, Philomel Books announced Friday....

Federal jury finds man guilty of filing false tax returns

Sep. 24, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 58-year-old Pacific, Washington man faces up to three years in prison after he was convicted on 14 counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns. A federal jury found Jean Mpouli guilty on Wednesday, Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman...

Georgia abortion law to be argued in federal appeals court

Sep. 24, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court plans to hear arguments Friday on whether it should overturn a lower court ruling that permanently blocked a restrictive abortion law passed in Georgia in 2019. The hearing comes amid a heightened focus on abortion with the U.S....

Today in History

Sep. 24, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2021. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 24, 2001, President George W. Bush ordered a freeze on the assets of 27 people and...

House to vote on abortion rights as Roe is challenged

Sep. 24, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is set to vote on legislation aimed at guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion, a bill that reflects the Democratic Party's response to a restrictive new Texas law that has placed access under threat. The expected House passage of the...

US court order to house LA Skid Row homeless overturned

Sep. 23, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge’s sweeping order requiring the city and county of Los Angeles to quickly shelter all homeless people living on downtown’s Skid Row was overturned Thursday by an appeals court that called it an abuse of judicial discretion. The 9th...

Washington justices vacate 46-year sentence for teen killer

Sep. 23, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a 46-year sentence for a man who killed his friend’s little sister when he was 17, finding the punishment focused more on retribution than rehabilitation. Timothy Haag of Longview was initially...

Man who left woman to die in suitcase sentenced to 30 years

Sep. 23, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A man who tied up his ex-girlfriend in her New York apartment during a violent fight and stuffed her in a suitcase where she suffocated and was found dead in Connecticut a week later was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday. Javier Da...