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Mississippi man gets hate crime charge in cross burning

Sep. 23, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged with a federal hate crime for burning a cross in his front yard to threaten his Black neighbors, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday. Axel Cox, 23, has been charged with one count of criminal interference with the...

Professor, NASA researcher pleads guilty in China ties case

Sep. 23, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A NASA researcher and Texas A&M University professor has pleaded guilty to charges related to hiding his ties to a university created by the Chinese government while accepting federal grant money. Zhengdong Cheng pleaded guilty to two counts — violation of...

Judge rejects Justice Dept.'s bid to stop sugar merger

Sep. 23, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the Justice Department's bid to block a major U.S. sugar manufacturer from acquiring its rival, clearing the way for the acquisition to proceed. The ruling, handed down Friday by a federal judge in Wilmington, Delaware, comes months...

Trump's legal woes mount without protection of presidency

Sep. 22, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It's been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded...

Idaho asks judge to rethink temporary block on abortion ban

Sep. 22, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Idaho say a federal judge misinterpreted the law when he blocked part of a strict new abortion ban, and they say another law blocking all abortions after about six weeks' gestation should also remain in effect. In court documents...

Judge outlines holes in DOJ suit to stop UnitedHealth deal

Sep. 22, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

Federal regulators failed to show that UnitedHealth Group’s purchase of technology company Change Healthcare will likely hurt competition, a judge explained in a memo outlining his rejection of a lawsuit over the deal. The U.S. Department of Justice had sued in February to block...

Trump docs probe: Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records

Sep. 22, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stark repudiation of Donald Trump's legal arguments, a federal appeals court on Wednesday permitted the Justice Department to resume its use of classified records seized from the former president's Florida estate as part of its ongoing criminal investigation. ...

Appeals court lifts hold barring Justice Dept. from using classified records taken from Trump home in its criminal probe

Sep. 21, 2022 19:40 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Appeals court lifts hold barring Justice Dept. from using classified records taken from Trump home in its criminal probe.

4 Georgia guards sentenced for inmate assault, cover-up

Sep. 21, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Four former correctional officers at a Georgia prison were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the beating of a handcuffed inmate and the subsequent cover-up, federal prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Sgt. Patrick Sharpe, 30, to four...

Southern Baptists cut ties with LGBTQ-friendly church

Sep. 21, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

The Southern Baptist Convention's top administrative body voted to cut ties with two congregations on Tuesday — an LGBTQ-friendly church in North Carolina that had itself quit the denomination decades ago and a New Jersey congregation it cited for “alleged discriminatory behavior.” ...