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Georgia PSC elections again delayed after high court ruling

Aug. 19, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia Public Service Commission elections will not occur this November, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday, reversing an earlier appeals court ruling that allowed them to proceed. Instead, the high court reverted to the original decision by a federal judge in...

Islamic State 'Beatle' gets life term for US hostage deaths

Aug. 19, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — El Shafee Elsheikh, who was formally sentenced to life in prison Friday for a leading role in the beheading deaths of American hostages, had a somewhat whimsical nickname as a so-called “Beatle” that belied the viciousness of his conduct. In fact, he is...

Court opens door to voiding N. Carolina Voter ID amendment

Aug. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court opened the door Friday to nullifying a voter ID mandate approved by citizens in 2018 because the lawmakers who put it on the ballot were elected from districts tainted by illegal racial bias. However, the North Carolina Supreme...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Aug. 19, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

Bluefield Daily Telegraph. August 16, 2022. Editorial: Fighting robocalls: W.Va. joins important task force Robocalls are unwanted and unsolicited phone calls that area residents deal with on a regular basis. Despite a number of laws passed in recent years to curtail...

Man linked to supremacist group gets 56 months to 20 years

Aug. 18, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

CARO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man described as a leader of the white supremacist group The Base has been sentenced to 56 months to 20 years in prison, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday. Washtenaw County Judge Patrick Conlin sentenced Justen Watkins on Monday after he...

Judge blocks Florida 'woke' law pushed by Gov. DeSantis

Aug. 18, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Thursday declared a Florida law championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that restricts race-based conversation and analysis in business and education unconstitutional. Tallahassee U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said in a 44-page...

Connecticut releases police use-of-force data for 1st time

Aug. 18, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut released data Thursday for the first time showing the race of people subjected to police use of force, a reporting practice that many states are beginning to adopt in the wake of nationwide calls for more police accountability. The data from 2019...

Hate crimes alleged in robberies of Sacramento Asian women

Aug. 18, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man and a teenager arrested in connection with robberies that targeted Asian women in Sacramento are now facing hate crime allegations, police said. Sacramento County prosecutors this week added a hate crime enhancement to robbery charges filed against...

Int'l envoy reacts angrily to Bosnia voting law accusations

Aug. 18, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The international envoy tasked with overseeing a 1995 peace agreement for Bosnia has raised eyebrows with an angry outburst against the country’s political leaders in response to a journalist’s question about their failure to agree changes to voting laws. ...

UN investigator: Contemporary slavery extensive around globe

Aug. 18, 2022 01:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labor for China’s Uyghur minority, bonded labor for the lowest caste Dalits in South Asia, and domestic servitude in Gulf countries, Brazil and Colombia. ...