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Judge extends hospitalization of truck attack plot suspect

Jul. 4, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has extended the court-ordered hospitalization of a Maryland man deemed mentally unfit for trial on charges he planned an Islamic State-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex near Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis said in a court filing...

Egypt's top court upholds 15-year-sentence for activist

Jul. 4, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest criminal court Saturday upheld a 15-year sentence for one of the leading activists behind the country’s 2011 uprising who was convicted of taking part in clashes between protesters and security forces. The Court of Cassation also confirmed a fine of 6 million...

Judge blocks Kentucky virus limits on racetracks, child care

Jul. 4, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge has blocked some limits on auto racetracks and child care facilities put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, reasoning that participating in those kind of businesses is a value judgment best left to individuals. Boone Circuit Court Judge Richard Brueggemann’s...

National events echo 1969 Johnstown police shooting

Jul. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — On a March night in 1969, long before the image of a death could be captured on a cellphone and instantly spread across the world, a 15-year-old Black male was shot in the back of the head by a white police officer in a Johnstown alley. The incident was major news in the region at the...

Arkansas judge: denies casinos motion for contempt

Jul. 3, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge denied a casino's motion for contempt alleging that a state commission did not follow its own rules and issue the company a casino license within 30 days of the judge's previous ruling. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's Thursday ruling did not approve...

Appeals court reinstates Racine's coronavirus ordinance

Jul. 3, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated Racine's ordinance to slow the spread of COVID-19 after a lower court declared it unconstitutional. The appeals court ruled that Safer Racine can remain in effect while the city’s appeal is considered. The Journal Times...

Judge: Former speaker, felon can lobby despite convictions

Jul. 3, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former House Speaker and felon Salvatore F. DiMasi won a court ruling allowing him to lobby the state legislature and executive branch, despite his prior convictions. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Robert B. Gordon found that the state statute prohibiting people convicted of certain state...

Judge rules Illinois governor's order exceeded authority

Jul. 3, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A county judge has ruled Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority by extending the state’s public health disaster declaration beyond the first 30 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The impact of Thursday’s ruling by a judge from southern Illinois’...

Protesters from Amnesty International stage a protest outside a court in Istanbul, Friday, July 3, 2020, where the trial of 11 prominent human rights activists for terror-related charges and adjourned proceedings was continuing. The banner reads in Turkish: 'Justice for Rights Defenders'. The closely-watched case against Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders and helped sour Turkey's relations with European nations, notably with Germany. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey convicts 4 human rights activists of terror charges

Jul. 3, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday convicted Amnesty International’s former Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, of membership in a terror organization and sentenced him to more than six years in prison. The court also convicted three other human rights activists — Gunal Kursun, Idil Eser and...

Iowa man who sued son over wife's death attacked by 2nd son

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who successfully sued one of his sons for the shooting death of his wife has been assaulted by his other son, police said. Billy Dean Carter, 55, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assaulting his father, 74-year-old Bill Carter, the Des Moines Register reported....