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British lawyer Karim Khan sworn in as ICC's chief prosecutor

Jun. 16, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — British lawyer Karim Khan was sworn in Wednesday as the new chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, pledging to reach out to nations that are not members of the court in his quest to end impunity for atrocities and to try to hold trials in...

Federal judge blocks Biden's pause on new oil, gas leases

Jun. 16, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska waters “and all eligible...

Australia's highest court upholds foreign interference law

Jun. 15, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Wednesday rejected a challenge to foreign interference laws in a case that involved a U.S. conservative political organization and free speech arguments. China has condemned the laws introduced in 2018 that are...

American Samoa culture plays role in US citizenship ruling

Jun. 15, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In a decision citing American Samoa cultural traditions, those born in the U.S. territory shouldn't have citizenship automatically forced on them, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling reverses a lower...

Jack Weinstein, legal maverick on federal bench, dead at 99

Jun. 15, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack B. Weinstein, a former federal judge who earned a reputation as a tireless legal maverick while overseeing a series of landmark class-action lawsuits and sensational mob cases in New York City like that of the “Mafia Cops,” has died. He was 99. ...

New education tax again survives, high court appeal pending

Jun. 15, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A trial court judge on Tuesday threw out several legal challenges to a new voter approved tax on high-earning Arizonans, leaving just one additional issue raised by challengers to Proposition 208 in play while the state Supreme Court is considering whether the measure is...

Jury deciding if immigration detainees must get minimum wage

Jun. 15, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation's biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state. Democratic...

ACLU asks judge to block Arkansas trans youth treatment ban

Jun. 15, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked a federal judge to prevent Arkansas from enforcing its ban on gender confirming treatments for transgender youth while a lawsuit challenging the prohibition proceeds. The ACLU requested a...

NJ high court orders new trial in 2013 slaying of cafe owner

Jun. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man serving a 30-year term in the 2013 slaying of a Newark cafe owner, saying police should have read the then-teenage suspect his rights before taking his statement. The state's highest...

Ex-CIA worker seeks to represent himself at espionage trial

Jun. 15, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA software engineer accused of leaking secrets to WikiLeaks notified a judge Tuesday that he wants to represent himself at an October retrial on espionage charges. Joshua Schulte, 32, plans to proceed on his own behalf, defense attorney...