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Public elementary school teachers Julia and Seth Hooper pick up their children Emry, 7, and Ivy, 4, on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Western Heights Learning Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Hoopers said Emry will attend a private school at the center this fall because public schools won't be in person. Emry struggled with online learning in the spring and his parents were unable to help him while simultaneously teaching other online classes. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Justice Department sees bias in limits on private schools

Sep. 21, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sided Monday with the father of a seventh grade prep school student in a lawsuit that challenges pandemic-related limits on classroom capacity at private schools in New Mexico as more restrictive than public school guidelines. Albuquerque-based U.S....

U.S. Attorney General William Barr arrives to speak with federal officials for a panel discussion on combatting human trafficking at the U.S. Attorney's Office on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

Sep. 21, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department identified New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle as three cities that could have federal funding slashed under a memorandum by President Donald Trump that sought to identify localities that permit “anarchy, violence and destruction in American...

Mississippi inmate dies after being hospitalized for months

Sep. 21, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi inmate who had served most of a 25-year sentence has died after being hospitalized since March. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release that O D Washington died Saturday in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. He was...

Aid to prevent violence against women goes to 19 agencies

Sep. 21, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has awarded $15.9 million to Illinois agencies to fight domestic abuse, officials said. The money comes from the Violence Against Women Act. The funding has been awarded to 19 community agencies, from Chicago to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis....

Vermont gets $6 million to reduce domestic violence

Sep. 20, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — More than $6 million in federal grant funding will go to Vermont organizations that help victims of domestic violence, officials said. The grant awards are part of a new series of grants intended to assist law enforcement, victim service providers and prosecutors in identifying and...

Surveys seek input on Chicago policing policies

Sep. 19, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police department is surveying residents on its policies, including the agency's response to hate crimes and interactions with children and people with disabilities. The public surveys will be open for online responses until Oct. 15. Topics also include policies on prohibition of...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility as the judge deliberates during a sentencing hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C .A new motion filed, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Bergdahl lawyers say judge's job application posed conflict

Sep. 18, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A new motion filed in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. The motion filed Friday...

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a press conference about Operation Legend at the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Chicago. Barr said the operation was

Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

Sep. 18, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr drew sharp condemnation Thursday for comparing lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic to slavery. In remarks Wednesday night at an event hosted by Hillsdale College, Barr had called the lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil...

In this image taken from video a mattress burns in the street near the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct Sunday night, Sept. 6, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Protesters have gathered for more than 100 days following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (KATU Photo via AP)

Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest

Sep. 17, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon, after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a department spokesperson said Thursday. The revelation that...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, photo Attorney General William Barr participates in a roll call with police officers from the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Mo. In a private conference call this week with his U.S. attorneys nationwide, Attorney General William Barr said he wanted prosecutors to be aggressive in charging demonstrators who cause violence. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo, File)

Justice Dept.: Sedition charge may apply to protest violence

Sep. 17, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a memo to U.S. attorneys Thursday obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department emphasized that federal prosecutors should aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence — and even sedition charges could potentially apply. The sedition statute doesn't require...