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Judge issues order against Virginia dog breeding facility

May. 22, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has issued an emergency order imposing a series of restrictions on a Virginia dog-breeding facility after regulators said the site was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of beagle puppies. The restraining order issued Saturday comes after...

Hearing on damages owed by ex-cop who killed mother of 4

May. 22, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

A former Mississippi police officer who shot and killed a sleeping woman should pay her four children a quarter-million dollars each for pain and suffering and a total of more than $300,000 to cover therapy, their aunt said in a lawsuit.. Matthew Kinne was in uniform and on duty when...

Deal could end desegregation case in Alabama school system

May. 22, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

LaFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge will consider an agreement between the Justice Department, civil rights attorneys and school officials in an east Alabama county that could end more than 50 years of federal desegregation oversight of the system. A consent decree between...

Texas race tests abortion's resonance with Democratic voters

May. 22, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — By the time Dr. Hector Gonzalez arrived in Laredo, Texas, in 2001, the last abortion clinic had already closed. He spent the next 20 years experiencing firsthand where the largely Hispanic and heavily Catholic community along the border with Mexico usually sided. ...

Pakistani court orders probe into ex-minister's arrest

May. 22, 2022 03:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court in Pakistan's capital has ordered an investigation into the controversial arrest of a former human rights minister over a decades old land dispute. Chief Justice Ather Minallah of the Islamabad High Court late Saturday ordered the probe in response to a...

Indiana man gets 7 years for scheme that bilked investors

May. 21, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A central Indiana man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for a Ponzi-like scheme that bilked more than two dozen investors out of their retirement savings. A federal judge also ordered George R. McKown, 71, on Friday to pay more than $5.2...

Judge: COVID asylum restrictions must continue on border

May. 20, 2022 22:01 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum on the southern border must continue, a judge ruled Friday in an order blocking the Biden administration’s plan to lift them early next week. The ruling was just the latest instance of a court derailing...

Court rules on mail ballots as Senate race votes are counted

May. 20, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal court ruled Friday that mail-in ballots without a required date on the return envelope must be allowed in a 2021 Pennsylvania county judge race, a decision that could complicate the ongoing process of vote counting in the state's neck-and-neck U.S. Senate...

NC groups, voters urge justices to avoid redistricting case

May. 20, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina advocacy groups and voters who this year persuaded state courts to overturn the legislature's congressional redistricting plan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to avoid hearing arguments on whether such courts must be curtailed in reviewing U.S. House...

Archbishop: Pelosi will be denied communion over abortion

May. 20, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Friday that he will no longer allow U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion because of her support for abortion rights. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in he sent Pelosi a letter...