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FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building in Washington. As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the Supreme Court late Wednesday, Nov. 25, temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The court’s action won’t have any immediate impact since the two groups that sued as a result of the restrictions, the Catholic church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, are no longer subject to them.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

Nov. 26, 2020 12:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the...

FILE - President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 calling it his “Great Honor.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Nov. 26, 2020 12:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

The Latest: South Korea has most daily cases in 8 months

Nov. 25, 2020 8:29 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time in about eight months as health authorities struggle to contain a third surge of infections. The Asian nation has been experiencing a spike in cases since it relaxed stringent social distancing...

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves federal court in New York Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Stephen Bannon switching lawyers in border wall fund case

Nov. 25, 2020 5:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent Washington lawyer defending President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist against charges that he cheated donors to a southern border wall notified a judge Wednesday that he's no longer the right lawyer for the job. Attorney William A. Burck sent a letter to the trial...

Justice Department appeals, seeking to replace Trump in suit

Nov. 25, 2020 5:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department is appealing a judge’s refusal to let the United States replace President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s. Department attorneys notified U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of its plans...

Manhattan DA appeals Manafort dismissal to NY's high court

Nov. 25, 2020 2:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors are seeking to have the state’s highest court revive state mortgage fraud charges against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort after striking out twice before in lower courts. The Manhattan district attorney’s office...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen as sundown in Washington. The Supreme Court says it will continue to hear arguments by telephone through at least January because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s announcement Wednesday, Nov. 25, extends telephone arguments by a month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Supreme Court extends telephone arguments through January

Nov. 25, 2020 12:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will continue to hear arguments by telephone through at least January because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s announcement extended telephone arguments by a month. “The Court will continue to closely monitor public health guidance...

ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 16 de marzo de 2017, el presidente de la Confederación Africana de fútbol, Ahmad Ahmad, durante una rueda de prensa en Addis Ababa, Etiopía. (AP Foto/File)

Banned African soccer president promises appeal against FIFA

Nov. 25, 2020 11:40 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The president of African soccer who was banned for five years for financial mismanagement by FIFA’s ethics committee said on Wednesday he will appeal the ruling to sport’s highest court. Lawyers for Ahmad Ahmad, the former government minister from Madagascar, announced on his...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 2, 2016 file photo, participants walk towards the Parliament building during the Pride March of the 21th Budapest Pride LGBTQ Festival in Budapest, Hungary. A Hungarian court has requested constitutional review of a law disallowing transgender individuals from changing their names and genders in official documents. The move marks a challenge to a wave of recent legislation restricting the rights of LGBTQ Hungarians.(Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP, File)

Hungary's constitutional court to review transgender law

Nov. 25, 2020 9:01 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian court has requested constitutional review of a law disallowing transgender individuals from changing their names and genders in official documents, a potential blow to a wave of recent legislation restricting the rights of LGBTQ Hungarians. In its decision last week,...

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks during a questioning of the Federal Government as part of a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. On Wednesday Germany’s Cabinet has approved legislation that would provide compensation to gay servicepeople who experienced discrimination in the military until a change of policy in 2000. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Germany to compensate gay servicepeople for discrimination

Nov. 25, 2020 8:54 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that would provide compensation to gay servicepeople who experienced discrimination in the military before a change of policy 20 years ago. The decision comes two months after Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer issued an apology for...