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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listen as President Donald Trump speaks before he signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

McConnell: Impeachment 'diverted attention' from coronavirus

Mar. 31, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial distracted the federal government from the coronavirus as it reached the United States in January, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, despite warnings at the time from public health experts and members of Congress about the...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019, file booking photo, provided by the Marinette County Jail is Raymand Vannieuwenhoven. A judge has ruled that the 83-year-old man charged with killing a camping couple in a Wisconsin park in 1976 is not mentally competent to stand trial. During a hearing Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Marinette County court, Judge James Morrison ruled that Vannieuwenhoven didn't understand the proceedings and couldn't assist in his own defense against two counts of first-degree murder. (Marinette County Jail via AP, File)

Judge: Man accused in 1976 killings not competent for trial

Mar. 27, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ruled that an 83-year-old man charged with killing a camping couple in a Wisconsin park in 1976 is not mentally competent to stand trial. During a hearing Thursday in Marinette County court, Judge James Morrison ruled that Raymand Vannieuwenhoven did not understand the...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. In a court filing Thursday, March 26, 2020, R Kelly cited the novel coronavirus in asking a federal judge to free him from a federal jail in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R Kelly seeks release from jail, cites coronavirus risk

Mar. 26, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly cited the novel coronavirus in asking a federal judge Thursday to free him from a federal jail in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges, a court filing by his lawyers saying scant precautions to stem the spread of the virus behind bars put...

This undated booking photo from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shows Alex Zwiefelhofer. Zwiefelhofer is a co-defendant in the April 2018 killings of a Florida couple. Federal authorities believe Zwiefelhofer and fellow Army veteran Craig Lang robbed and gunned down the couple, Serafin and Deana Lorenzo, to finance a Venezuela trip. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

FBI: Soldiers set up deadly robbery to fund foreign fighting

Mar. 26, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

The two former U.S. Army soldiers met in Ukraine, where they joined the same far-right paramilitary group. After getting deported, they planned to take a boat from Miami to South America. They wanted to fight the socialist Venezuelan government and kill “communists.” That’s what Alex...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston.

Loughlin, Giannulli: College bribery charges must be tossed

Mar. 25, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — “Full House” Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents urged a judge Wednesday to dismiss charges against them in the college admissions bribery case, accusing prosecutors of “extraordinary” misconduct. ...

Court: UK shouldn't give US evidence on pair of IS militants

Mar. 25, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A court on Wednesday barred the British government from providing U.S. prosecutors with evidence against two Islamic State militants suspected in the beheadings of Western hostages, citing the prospect the men could face the death penalty if tried and convicted in America. The ruling by...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police officer walks past a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to a ceremony, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, marking the one-year anniversary of his death. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Turkish prosecutors have formally charged two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Khashoggi. All suspects however, have left Turkey and Saudi Arabia has rejected Turkish calls for their return to face trial in Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Khashoggi killing

Mar. 25, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors have formally charged two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, officials said Wednesday. A statement from the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office said...

Avenatti asks judge to nix Nike jury verdict or OK new trial

Mar. 24, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The once high-flying California attorney Michael Avenatti wants a judge to reject a jury verdict that found he tried to extort Nike. Lawyers for Avenatti asked a Manhattan judge late Monday to overturn the verdict or grant a new trial for the 49-year-old man who rose to fame representing...

Presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis takes his seat in court on the second day of the trial of four men charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, at Schiphol airport, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. A missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine in 2014, tore the MH17 passenger jet apart killing all 298 people on board. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

MH17 trial briefly resumes in near empty courtroom

Mar. 23, 2020 7:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The trial of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with multiple murder for their alleged roles in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014 resumed briefly Monday as the presiding judge read out a number of preliminary decisions. The courtroom was almost empty due to...

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond leaving the High Court after the first day of his trial over accusations of sexual assault,  in Edinburgh Monday March 9, 2020. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

Jurors retire in sex-crimes trial of former Scottish leader

Mar. 20, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jurors at the High Court in Edinburgh were sent home for the weekend after briefly commencing their deliberations Friday in the trial for alleged sex crimes of Scotland's former first minister, Alex Salmond. After Salmond's defense lawyer wrapped up by saying there was something "strange"...