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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump called the

Lawyers want Giuliani investigated, license suspended

Jan. 22, 2021 3:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyers' group filed an ethics complaint against Rudy Giuliani with New York's courts, calling for him to be investigated and his law license suspended over his work promoting former President Donald Trump's false allegations over the 2020 election. Lawyers Defending American Democracy,...

Participants deflate balloons in hope of neutralizing and demolishing nuclear warheads, during a memorial gathering at Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force on Friday, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the world's nuclear-armed nations. (Kyodo News via AP)

First-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons enters into force

Jan. 22, 2021 2:40 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force on Friday, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the world's nuclear-armed nations. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is now part of international law,...

FILE - This Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo shows the newly redecorated Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Paul Chavez had no idea where a sculpture of his father, Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would end up in the White House. He agreed just this week to lend the bronze bust to President Joe Biden and hustled to get it wrapped up and shipped across the country from California. It was an utter surprise Wednesday when he saw Biden at his desk in the Oval Office, with the bust of the late Cesar Chavez right behind the president. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Cesar Chavez's son happy dad's bust is in Biden Oval Office

Jan. 22, 2021 12:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Chavez had no idea where a sculpture of his father, Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would end up in the White House. He agreed just this week to lend the bronze bust to President Joe Biden and hustled to get it wrapped up and shipped across the country...

FILE - An Amazon logo appears on an Amazon delivery van, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Boston. Amazon won’t be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)

Judge says Amazon won't have to restore Parler web service

Jan. 21, 2021 9:01 PM EST

Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she wasn't dismissing...

A man looks through the first wall at Friendship Park, near where the border separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego meets the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump's wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Biden halts border wall building after Trump's final surge

Jan. 21, 2021 8:17 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship. Biden on...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waits for Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to deliver the throne speech in the Senate chamber in Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada's governor general resigns after harassment report

Jan. 21, 2021 6:34 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s governor general resigned Thursday following an independent review of workplace harassment allegations. The governor general is the representative of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, and holds a mostly ceremonial and symbolic position. Julie Payette...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, is University of Montana cross country runner Juniper Eastwood, center, warming up with her teammates at Campbell Park in Missoula, Mont. Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Montana. The proposed ban is personal for people like Eastwood, a transgender woman and former member of the University of Montana's track and field and cross-country running teams. She said the legislation

Transgender youth bills in US states reflect deep divisions

Jan. 21, 2021 6:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday in Montana, one of more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health...

FILE - The entrance to the Labor Department is seen near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 7, 2020.  Civil rights groups on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 celebrated President Joe Biden’s swift revocation of a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training. The Department of Labor had already suspended enforcement of the order after a California federal court granted a preliminary injunction against it in response to a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, an organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Biden revokes Trump order banning some diversity training

Jan. 21, 2021 5:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights groups on Thursday celebrated President Joe Biden’s swift revocation of a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training. The order had targeted workplace trainings...

This undated photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Office shows David Pasulka. Pasulka a prominent Chicago family law attorney who was charged last summer with sexually assaulting a colleague has been charged with doing the same thing to two other women. Prosecutors outlined the new charges of of sexual assault, aggravated sex assault and criminal sexual abuse against Pasulka during a court hearing Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Cook County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Chicago family law attorney charged with more sex crimes

Jan. 21, 2021 5:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A prominent Chicago family law attorney who was charged last summer with sexually assaulting a colleague has been charged with doing the same thing to two other women, including a client who says he told her that if he didn't have sex with him, she'd lose custody of her children. Prosecutors...

Settlement in racial bias case includes sheriff's apology

Jan. 21, 2021 5:17 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Latina immigrant who said her detention during a traffic stop fit a pattern of racially discriminatory policing in a Maryland county has reached a $125,000 settlement that includes a written apology from the county's sheriff, her attorneys said Thursday. In his apology to Sara...