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California to shut 2nd prison as inmate population dwindles

Apr. 14, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A decade after prison crowding forced California to realign its criminal justice system, the population in what once was the nation's largest state correctional system has shrunk to the point where officials announced Tuesday they will close one of two inmate...

Guatemala's top court refuses to seat female justice

Apr. 13, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Congress refused to swear in a crusading female judge to the nation’s highest court Tuesday, a move the United States condemned. Gloria Porras won re-election for another five-year term on Guatemala’s Constitutional Court, but...

16 states back Alabama's challenge to Census privacy tool

Apr. 13, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen other states are backing Alabama's challenge to a statistical method the U.S. Census Bureau is using for the first time to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, the nation's once-a-decade head count that determines political power...

Man charged with making violent threats against US judge

Apr. 13, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A southern Illinois man is accused in U.S. District Court of threatening the life of a federal judge in Chicago, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. Joshua Farner, 35, of Marion is facing two counts of mailing threats and one count of threatening to...

Michigan police shocked by convicted murderer's release

Apr. 13, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man who was convicted of killing his first wife and whose second wife died under suspicious circumstances was granted an early release from prison after he argued that the risk of catching COVID-19 behind bars endangered his life. Federal...

State police to alter fitness standards that kept out women

Apr. 13, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania State Police will pay more than $2 million into a compensation fund and are changing physical fitness standards to settle a lawsuit over how the agency's trooper-hiring practices ruled out otherwise qualified women. The U.S....

US court lifts hold on Ohio's Down syndrome abortion law

Apr. 13, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided federal appeals court lifted the hold Tuesday on an Ohio law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, a case considered nationally pivotal. Judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Ex-officer appeals 20-year sentence for killing Black man

Apr. 13, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white former police officer serving 20 years in prison for killing an unarmed Black man in South Carolina who ran from a traffic stop said his lawyer never told him about a plea offer from prosecutors that could have cut years off his sentence. ...

Supreme Court declines case of IU student's convicted killer

Apr. 13, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a man convicted in the 2000 killing of a Indiana University student, rejecting it months after a federal appeals court reversed a judge's order that called for his release from prison. The high...

Feds: 'Breaking Bad' inspired researcher to seek poisons

Apr. 13, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of advanced research at a Boston-area biotechnology company told investigators he was inspired by the television show "Breaking Bad" when he tried to obtain the powerul poison ricin, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Ishtiaq Ali Saaem, 37,...