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US charges 2 with terror crimes over threats to spread virus

Apr. 8, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department charged two people with federal terrorism offenses on Wednesday for allegedly claiming they were intentionally trying to spread the coronavirus. The charges, in cases in Texas and Florida, come about two weeks after Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen instructed...

German court proposes ending trial over fatal music festival

Apr. 7, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday proposed ending a criminal trial resulting from a fatal mass panic at the 2010 Love Parade techno music festival, citing questions over when the proceedings could resume in light of the coronavirus pandemic. German news agency dpa reported that the Duisburg state...

FILE - This March 16, 2020, file photo shows the Oculus at the World Trade Center's transportation hub in New York. Census Day, the April 1 reference day for the once-a-decade effort to count everyone in the U.S., arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus, but census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

Apr. 1, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Census Day — the date used to determine where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. The virus's spread...

Judge dismisses charges against man in ricin possession case

Mar. 31, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock man accused of making the deadly toxin ricin will not stand trial because possession of the substance was not illegal when he was charged, a federal judge has ruled. Alexander Joseph Jordan, 23, was scheduled for trial in June. He was indicted in March 2018 for...

FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, a health care worker prepares to collect a sample to test for COVID-19 at a drive-thru testing site in Miami. Thieves steal surgical masks. A clinic sells fake COVID-19 tests. Hate groups encourage sick members to infect law enforcement officers. Imposters pose as public health officials. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe so too do the crimes related to it. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Coronavirus-related crimes capitalize on global fear, panic

Mar. 24, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thieves steal surgical masks. A clinic sells fake COVID-19 tests. Hate groups encourage sick members to infect law enforcement officers. Imposters pose as public health officials. Con artists peddle fake cures and financial scams. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so too do the crimes...

Construction workers looks at the rubble from a building after an earthquake Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City.  A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has shaken the city and many of its suburbs. The quake sent panicked residents running to the streets, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and closed the city's airport and its light rail system.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Earthquake rattles millions on edge amid coronavirus threat

Mar. 19, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With much of normal life at a screeching halt to combat the coronavirus, millions of people in Utah are hunkered down in the safety of their homes. But on Wednesday morning, even that protection felt fragile as an earthquake strong enough to shut down the airport tore through the Salt...

Attorneys say North Dakota needs to open up on clergy abuse

Mar. 4, 2020 5:15 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three attorneys who conducted an investigation into clergy sex abuse said Wednesday the North Dakota Legislature should open up the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits and demanded that the state's two Roman Catholic dioceses release more files on accused priests. The Fargo and...

Washington Legislature ease penalties for HIV exposure

Mar. 3, 2020 10:14 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature on Tuesday approved a bill that reduces the crime of intentionally exposing a sexual partner to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. Supporters of the change to the rarely used law say the current penalties don’t have an effect on reducing...

Supreme Court to review child sex abuse time limits decision

Mar. 2, 2020 6:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A mid-level appeals court decision issued last summer that allowed some victims of childhood sexual abuse a way to pursue lawsuits despite time limits will be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the justices announced Monday. The high court granted a request to hear the case...

In this Jan. 27, 2020 photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obama health care law

Mar. 2, 2020 3:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, a case that will keep health care squarely in front of voters even though a decision won't come until after the 2020 election. The court said it would hear an appeal by 20 mainly Democratic...