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Arizona history-Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Sep. 22, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

Sunday, Sept. 26 On this date in 1864, the First Territorial Legislature convened in Prescott, adopted a code of laws, created the four original counties of Pima, Mohave, Yavapai and Yuma and established a university and a Board of Regents. On this...

Mississippi voting rights case is argued at US appeals court

Sep. 22, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The authors of Mississippi's 1890 constitution had racist intent when they stripped voting rights from people convicted of some felonies because they chose crimes they thought were more likely to be committed by Black people, an attorney argued Wednesday in a federal...

Indian court allows women to apply to defense academy

Sep. 22, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that women will be able to take the entrance examination for the national defense academy in November for the first time, opening the way for them to become full-time officers. The court turned down a...

Judge: NPR can air recordings of newspaper shooting trial

Sep. 22, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — National Public Radio can air audio recordings from the trial of the gunman who killed five Capital Gazette newspaper employees in 2018, a federal judge has ruled in a case challenging Maryland's ban on broadcasting court proceedings. U.S....

Iowa focuses on masks as coronavirus deaths rise

Sep. 21, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 18 months after Iowa's first coronavirus case, the state finds itself in a protracted argument over the value of wearing masks, especially in schools where children are increasingly becoming infected with the virus. As the COVID-19...

Biden nominee confirmed as federal judge for New Mexico

Sep. 21, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces-based defense and civil rights attorney Margaret Strickland was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate to serve as a federal judge in New Mexico, where two prior nominees from former President Donald Trump were sidelined in the runup to the 2020 election. ...

Ex-Kankakee official sent to prison for $2 million theft

Sep. 21, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A man who stole $2 million from Kankakee and a regional wastewater agency was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and two years of home confinement. Richard Simms, 74, acknowledged diverting money through a fraudulent software invoicing...

El Salvador president says he's world's 'coolest dictator'

Sep. 21, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat in El Salvador said Tuesday she sees “a decline in democracy” the country, where President Nayib Bukele changed his Twitter profile to read “the coolest dictator in the world.” The U.S. State Department put...

Ex-mayor, elected at age 23, gets 6 years in corruption case

Sep. 21, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts mayor, once a rising Democratic star after being elected at just 23 years old, was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses that wanted to operate in his...

Ex-CEO of suburban Chicago company acquitted in federal case

Sep. 21, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has acquitted the former CEO of a suburban Chicago manufacturing company of all charges in a case that accused him of inflating revenue reports by $24 million. U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman cleared Gary Winemaster of all counts...