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US lawyer named chief prosecutor at office linked to Kosovo war crimes court

Jun. 02, 2023 04:39 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — American lawyer Kimberly West has been appointed as the chief prosecutor linked to a European Union-backed court prosecuting war crimes in Kosovo, the prosecutor's office announced Friday. West replaces Jack Smith, who stood down as head of the...

New details of Jeffrey Epstein's death and the frantic aftermath revealed in records obtained by AP

Jun. 02, 2023 00:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two weeks before ending his life, Jeffrey Epstein sat in the corner of his Manhattan jail cell with his hands over his ears, desperate to muffle the sound of a toilet that wouldn’t stop running. Epstein was agitated and unable to sleep, jail officials observed in...

JetBlue strikes a deal to sell Spirit's LaGuardia operation if it succeeds in buying Spirit

Jun. 01, 2023 19:16 PM EDT

JetBlue Airways said Thursday it has agreed to sell Spirit Airlines’ holdings at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Frontier Airlines if it succeeds in buying Spirit. The announcement seemed designed to persuade regulators to approve JetBlue’s proposed $3.8 billion takeover of...

32 Mississippi school districts still under federal desegregation orders

Jun. 01, 2023 18:51 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — There are 32 school districts in Mississippi still under federal desegregation orders, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division's assistant attorney general said Thursday. Enforcing the open desegregation orders fit into a broader body of...

Oath Keeper who guarded Roger Stone before Jan. 6 attack gets more than 4 years in prison

Jun. 01, 2023 18:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group who was part of a security detail for former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone before storming the U.S. Capitol was sentenced on Thursday to more than four years in prison. Roberto Minuta,...

Reports: Prosecutors have tape of Trump discussing holding onto classified doc after leaving office

May. 31, 2023 22:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department prosecutors have obtained an audio recording of former President Donald Trump from after he left office in which he talks about holding onto a classified Pentagon document related to a potential attack on Iran, according to media reports. CNN,...

American Airlines says it will appeal a ruling that would break up a partnership with JetBlue

May. 31, 2023 18:39 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines said Wednesday it will appeal a court decision that would force the airline to break up its partnership with JetBlue Airways in the Northeast. American and JetBlue face a late-June deadline to end the agreement in which they coordinate flights and...

Coal firms owned by family of West Virginia governor sued over unpaid penalties

May. 31, 2023 14:23 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thirteen coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice are being sued over unpaid penalties for previous mining law violations that the federal government says pose health and safety risks or threaten environmental harm. Justice, who...

Pain and terror felt by passengers before Boeing Max crashed can be considered, judge rules

May. 31, 2023 12:48 PM EDT

Families of passengers who died in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max in Ethiopia can seek damages for the pain and terror suffered by victims in the minutes before the plane flew nose-down into the ground, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling means that lawyers for the families will be...

Ruling clears way for Purdue Pharma to settle opioid claims, protects Sacklers from lawsuits

May. 30, 2023 19:16 PM EDT

A federal appeals court cleared the way for the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of legal claims tied to the opioid epidemic while shielding the wealthy owners of Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family, from future lawsuits. Under the plan approved Tuesday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit...