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Minnesota man with history of imitating police busted again

Sep. 20, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man with a history of pretending to be a law enforcement officer was arrested in Minnesota after a TikTok user alerted a woman he was dating that he was faking it again. Authorities said in a complaint filed Friday that Reyel Devon Simmons, 52, of...

Texas doctor who defied state's new abortion ban is sued

Sep. 20, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law all but dared supporters of the state's near-total ban on the procedure to try making an early example of him by filing a lawsuit — and by Monday, two people obliged. ...

EXPLAINER: Biden uses Trump-era tool against Haiti migrants

Sep. 20, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is relying on a contested Trump-era policy as it disperses thousands of Haitian migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in and around the small South Texas city of Del Rio. Much to the dismay of migrant advocates, the Department...

Wisconsin district settles suit over harassment of student

Sep. 20, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district has settled a lawsuit brought by one of its former students who said the district ignored years of complaints by her and her mother about multiple sexual assaults and a pattern of racial discrimination. The Baraboo School...

Trial set for Texas officer who shot Black woman in her home

Sep. 20, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A date has been set for the trial of a former Fort Worth police officer who was charged with murder after shooting a Black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door in 2019. Aaron Dean's trial is...

Officials investigate fight, racist taunts at football game

Sep. 20, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Mass. (AP) — School officials in Massachusetts are investigating after a physical altercation and allegations of racist taunts ended a high school football game early Friday. Jamaal Hunt, coach of Roxbury Prep High School, said his team from a historically...

Supreme Court sets arguments in big abortion case

Sep. 20, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 1 in Mississippi’s bid to have the landmark Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion overturned. The court issued its arguments calendar for late November and early December on...

Republicans move toward quick Indiana redistricting approval

Sep. 20, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans turned aside objections from Democrats as they moved ahead Monday toward speedy approval of proposed new Indiana election district maps that will be used for the next 10 years. The Indiana House elections committee voted 9-4 along party...

Shooting at Russian university leaves 6 dead, 28 hurt

Sep. 20, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A student opened fire Monday at a university in Russia, leaving six people dead and 28 hurt before being shot by police and detained, officials said. Other students and staff locked themselves in rooms during the attack and video on Russian news sites showed some students...

Drone strike kills at least 1 in northwestern Syria

Sep. 20, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A drone strike hit a vehicle traveling on a rural road in rebel-controlled northwestern Syria on Monday, killing at least one person, rescue workers and a war monitor said. The Civil Defense team, known as White Helmets, said the unidentified body was...