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Colorado man sentenced threatening to kill official, lawyer

Aug. 8, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for threatening to kill a New Mexico state official and an attorney with a law firm in connection with a fraud case. Federal prosecutors said Andrew Graham , 40, of Snowmass, Colorado, had pleaded guilty to sending...

Natasha Blunt poses for a portrait in New Orleans, Friday, July 31, 2020. Blunt owes thousands of dollars in back rent after she lost her banquet porter job. She has yet to receive her stimulus check and has not been approved for unemployment benefits. Her family is getting by with food stamps and the charity of neighbors. (AP Photo/Dorthy Ray)

Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Aug. 4, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kelyn Yanez used to clean homes during the day and wait tables at night in the Houston area before the coronavirus. But the mother of three lost both jobs in March because of the pandemic and now is facing eviction. The Honduran immigrant got help from a local church to pay part of...

File-President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 11, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. he Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November. Trump Victory, the joint field effort of the two organizations, announced Monday, July 13, 2020, the hiring of an additional 300 staffers set to hit 20 target states by Wednesday in the largest field operation over mounted by a Republican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/File)

Watchdog group: Trump campaign improperly masking payments

Jul. 31, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection effort allegedly hid nearly $170 million in spending from mandatory public disclosure by routing payments through companies tied to his former campaign manager, a government oversight group said Tuesday. The use of firms linked to former...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, July 28, 2020, that the OxyContin maker can't make any more contributions to partisan organizations that seek to boost the election efforts of candidates for state attorney general offices. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Judge: Purdue Pharma must halt some political contributions

Jul. 28, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma can't make any more contributions to partisan organizations that seek to boost the election efforts of candidates for state attorney general offices. The company can keep contributing to some other political groups, according to the...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, second from right, announces an independent review of the Los Angeles Police Department's use of a gang member database after allegations of misuse in Los Angeles. The California attorney general revoked access to entries Los Angeles police made in the state's gang database after three officers were charged with falsifying records, authorities said Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio, File)

Police can't access LAPD gang database records after scandal

Jul. 14, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general on Tuesday made it impossible for law enforcement agencies to access entries that Los Angeles police made in the state's gang database after three LA officers were charged with falsifying records. The Los Angeles Police Department's records are roughly 25%...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters at night in Stamford, Conn. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should not be able to make any more political contributions without a judge's permission, lawyers for its creditors said in a Friday, July 10, 2020 court filing. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Lawyers seek to halt Purdue Pharma political contributions

Jul. 11, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should not be able to make any more political contributions without a judge's permission, lawyers for its creditors said in a court filing. The issue came up this week after it was reported that the company, which has a long history of influencing policymakers, made contributions to...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020, file photo FDNY firefighters gather to applaud medical workers as attending physician Mollie Williams, left, wears personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns outside Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. Essential workers are lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes. But in most states nurses, first responders and frontline workers who get COVID-19 on the job have no guarantee they'll qualify for workers' comp to cover lost wages and medical care. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

COVID-19 heroes must jump through hoops for workers' comp

Jul. 11, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes, essential workers who get the coronavirus on the job have no guarantee in most states they'll qualify for workers' compensation to cover lost wages and medical care. Fewer than one-third of the states have enacted policies that shift...

Riot police officers stand at a security barricade as lawyers try to walk to the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, July 10, 2020. Turkey's Bar Associations continue to protest against the government's plans to amend laws regulating on lawyers and their associations. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey amends laws to allow multiple lawyer associations

Jul. 11, 2020 3:38 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s parliament passed controversial legislation amending laws governing attorneys and bar associations on Saturday, despite protests from critics who say the move could limit the independence of lawyers and reduce the professional associations’ clout. The new law,...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla. A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday, July 1, 2020, disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge ruled that Florida law can’t stop disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. DeSantis immediately appealed to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of the ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US Supreme Court asked to lift stay on Florida felon voting

Jul. 9, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights advocates asked the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a stay on a federal judge's ruling that allowed Florida felons to regain the right to vote, regardless of unpaid fines and other financial obligations. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals last week granted a request from...

Turkish lawyers protest draft bill on bar associations

Jun. 30, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Thousands of lawyers gathered outside Istanbul’s main courthouse Tuesday to protest a ruling party-proposed bill that would amend Turkish laws on attorneys and bar associations, changes the protesters allege is intended to silence lawyers with views that run counter to the...