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Man freed after years in prison won't be retried for murder

Jun. 26, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who was once on death row for a shopkeeper's slaying won't be retried in the case that put him behind bars for more than 40 years. The prosecutor filed a dismissal notice in the case of 81-year-old Charles Ray Finch of Wilson, who was released last month from...

4 siblings get prison time in tax cheat conspiracy

Jun. 26, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Four siblings were each sentenced to several months in prison after cooperating with prosecutors in a tax fraud case. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel (KAS'-tehl) in Manhattan sentenced Suzanne, Yvonne, John and Henry Seggerman Wednesday, saying their cooperation spared them from what...

Court's Question: Who has right to defend 'Obamacare'?

Jun. 26, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has requested written arguments on whether the House of Representatives and various Democratic-leaning states can step in to appeal a ruling striking down President Barack Obama's health care law. The question is significant because President Donald Trump's...

Lawyers for Ukrainian oligarch lament extradition ruling

Jun. 26, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a Ukrainian oligarch say they're disappointed that an Austrian court has ruled him eligible for extradition to the United States in a bribery case. Austria's Supreme Court of Justice said Dymitro Firtash can be sent to the U.S. in connection with an alleged conspiracy to pay...

Lawsuit calls Arkansas "ag-gag" law unconstitutional

Jun. 26, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Arkansas state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups. Lawyers for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other animal rights...

High court upholds precedents on deference to agencies

Jun. 26, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a conservative push to limit the power of federal agencies. The high court declined to overrule two past cases that had been criticized by conservatives as giving unelected officials vast lawmaking power. But the way the justices clarified the older...

Defendant in fish farm fraud back in jail, bond revoked

Jun. 26, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former executive accused of defrauding investors in a scheme to build an $11 million fish farm in South Dakota is back in jail. Tobias Ritesman had been free on bond after pleading guilty to 18 felonies in connection with the Global Aquaponics project near Brookings. As part of...

Thai court declines to suspend pro-army lawmakers

Jun. 26, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court said Wednesday it will allow 32 pro-military lawmakers to keep their seats while it decides whether they violated election rules by holding shares in media companies, a decision criticized as unfair because the court earlier suspended an opposition leader over a similar...

Moldova's Constitutional Court judges resign

Jun. 26, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — All six judges at Moldova's Constitutional Court, whose decisions have fueled a deep political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic, have resigned. The court said in a statement Wednesday that the judges stepped down and "the competent authorities will be notified in order to appoint...

Today in History

Jun. 26, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2019. There are 188 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city's residents, declaring: "Ich bin ein...