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Ethics panel probing misconduct claim against NY Republican

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics committee announced Friday that it is investigating sexual misconduct allegations involving Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York, who had announced he would not be seeking re-election after the allegations first surfaced last month. ...

Affair derails Alabama secretary of state's political hopes

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The venue had been booked. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a rising GOP star with an eye long set on higher office, was about to announce his run for U.S. Senate. But then scandal brought his political aspirations crashing down. ...

Plan would return beachfront taken from Black family in '20s

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County plans to return prime beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who built a seaside resort for African Americans but suffered racist harassment and were stripped of it by local city leaders a century ago, a county official said Friday. ...

California bill would remove youth from career criminal law

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles' new reform-minded top prosecutor said Friday that it's time to remove youthful offenders from California's tough career criminal law that can greatly extend their prison time later in life. District Attorney George Gascón, who...

NTSB investigates death at railroad Missouri train facility

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the death of a BNSF employee in northeast Missouri. Buddy Strieker, 56, of Hannibal, died Wednesday at the railroad's customer facility in Louisiana, Missouri. The railroad said Strieker...

Alaska files lawsuit against toxic chemical producers

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of toxic, man-made “forever chemicals” that have been detected in some of the state's groundwater. The lawsuit filed Wednesday names large chemical-making corporations such as 3M,...

9 Texans sue state AG Paxton for blocking users on Twitter

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nine Texans have sued state Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming he blocked them on Twitter for criticizing him or his policies in comments responding to his tweets. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Austin, asks a judge to declare...

Federal marshals shoot, kill man sought for threats to judge

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A man wanted for making threats to a judge was shot and killed Friday by U.S. Marshals when he fired at them as they tried to arrest him, authorities said. The shooting occurred at a home in Bethel Township, though it wasn't immediately...

Former head of Alabama school district pleads in fraud case

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former head of an Alabama school district has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. Tom Sisk, former superintendent for Limestone County Schools, entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery to one count of conspiracy to...

Hogan creates panel to address rising anti-Asian hate crimes

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland U.S. attorney will chair a panel to address anti-Asian violence and discrimination, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday. Former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur will lead the statewide workgroup to develop strategies, recommendations and...