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Myanmar Supreme Court hears appeal of jailed journalists

Mar. 26, 2019 4:58 AM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Lawyers for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison for their reporting on Myanmar's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims have appealed their conviction to the country's Supreme Court. Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo remained in Insein Prison while their...

Judge cautions lawyers to watch language in abortion case

Mar. 26, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge in Kentucky has cautioned lawyers to watch their language in their bitter legal feud over abortion — this time over a lawsuit challenging two new state laws aimed at putting more restrictions on the procedure. U.S. District Judge David J. Hale set a Friday...

Supreme Court hears arguments over partisan redistricting

Mar. 26, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is returning to arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overly partisan. The cases at the high court Tuesday mark the second time in consecutive terms the justices will see if they can set limits on drawing districts for partisan gain. Or the...

Today in History

Mar. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 26, the 85th day of 2019. There are 280 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 26, 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy...

Judge upholds 2 death sentences for Joseph Edward Duncan III

Mar. 25, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has upheld two of three death penalties for a man convicted in a gruesome child kidnapping and murder case, and put a third death sentence on hold for now. Joseph Edward Duncan III was sentenced to death after an incredibly violent crime spree in which he broke into a...

Ex-Brazilian President Temer released from jail after 5 days

Mar. 25, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was released from jail on Monday, less than a week after he was arrested in the sprawling Car Wash corruption probe that has ensnared many of the country's top politicians and business leaders. Temer, who will still face several corruption...

Genital mutilation ban bill passes in North Carolina Senate

Mar. 25, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina law would make it a severe felony for someone to perform female genital mutilation on a child under a measure advancing at the General Assembly. The Senate voted unanimously on Monday evening for the prohibition, which has surfaced after a federal ban was struck down in...

Gun rights groups ask Supreme Court to halt bump stock ban

Mar. 25, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gun rights groups are asking the Supreme Court to stop the Trump administration from beginning to enforce its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns. The groups asked the court Monday to get involved in the issue and keep the government...

Judge dismisses lawsuit on man's overturned rape conviction

Mar. 25, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Denver authorities filed by a man who spent 28 years in prison for a rape conviction that was later overturned. Judge Marcia Krieger ruled Monday that Clarence Moses-EL had not shown that the city and various former officials prosecuted him...

Hong Kong businessman gets 3 years in prison for bribery

Mar. 25, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent Hong Kong businessman earned leniency with a three-year prison sentence dispensed Monday by a judge who said bribes paid to the presidents of two African countries were serious crimes but kindness including playing violin for fellow inmates was extraordinary. U.S. District Judge...