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Texas inmate executed for killing prison supervisor in 2003

Dec. 11, 2019 9:04 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed by lethal injection Wednesday evening for killing a supervisor at a state prison shoe factory in Amarillo nearly 17 years ago. Travis Runnels, 46, was convicted of slashing the throat of 38-year-old Stanley Wiley on Jan. 29, 2003. Runnels was executed at...

Impeachment trial: Trump wants drama, but GOP wants it over

Dec. 11, 2019 7:23 PM EST

Washington (AP) — Donald Trump wants more than acquittal. He wants vindication. With impeachment by the House appearing certain, the president has made clear that he views the next step, a trial in the GOP-controlled Senate, as his focus. The president sees the senators not just as a jury deciding his...

In Maryland, advocates educate immigrants about the census

Dec. 11, 2019 6:48 PM EST

LANGLEY PARK, Maryland (AP) — Two men smoked cigarettes and talked outside an apartment building in Langley Park, an area where almost everyone is from Central America. Three women wearing CASA de Maryland gear approached them, but the men did not appear interested in speaking. One didn’t speak at...

Justices appear split in Arizona death sentence case

Dec. 11, 2019 1:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over whether an Arizona death row inmate should get a new sentencing trial nearly 30 years after being convicted of killing two people in home burglaries. The outcome of inmate James Erin McKinney's appeal could affect as many as 15 of...

Judge halts some military spending on border wall

Dec. 10, 2019 10:12 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from spending some Defense Department money to build a border wall with Mexico, the latest twist in a long-running legal battle over one of the president's signature domestic issues and campaign priorities. The ruling by...

House votes, Senate trial: What's next in impeachment

Dec. 10, 2019 5:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on two articles of impeachment by the end of the week, sending them to the House floor for a vote by Christmas. Next would come a Senate trial, likely in 2020. What's next in impeachment: HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOTE The House...

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

Dec. 10, 2019 12:27 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle.’’ The United States, under a president who favors a...

Justices seem to favor insurers' Obamacare claims for $12B

Dec. 10, 2019 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to rule that insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. Several justices indicated their agreement with arguments...

Natan Sharansky receives Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize

Dec. 10, 2019 11:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel's prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms, organizers announced Tuesday. The $1 million award is granted each year to a person recognized for outstanding professional...

Fallen rights icon at UN court for Rohingya genocide case

Dec. 10, 2019 10:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Twenty-eight years to the day after Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband and sons accepted her Nobel Peace Prize while she remained under house arrest in Myanmar, the former pro-democracy icon appeared in a United Nations court ready to defend her country's army from allegations...