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Trump likens House impeachment inquiry to 'a lynching'

Oct. 22, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump triggered outrage Tuesday by comparing the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution. "That is one word no president ought to apply to himself," said...

Ronaldo asks US court to dismiss rape case or OK mediation

Oct. 22, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers are asking a U.S. judge to dismiss a Nevada woman's lawsuit alleging the soccer star raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 or to order closed-door settlement talks. Attorneys representing Ronaldo's accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, didn't immediately respond Tuesday to...

A 1946 mob lynching puts court focus on grand jury secrecy

Oct. 22, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A historian's quest for the truth about a gruesome lynching of two black couples has a U.S. appeals court considering whether federal judges can order grand jury records unsealed in decades-old cases with historical significance. The young black sharecroppers were traveling a rural road in...

More choices and stable premiums for 'Obamacare' next year

Oct. 22, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers will have more health insurance choices next year under the much-debated Obama health care law and premiums will dip slightly for many, the Trump administration announced Tuesday. President Donald Trump was elected on a promise to repeal "Obamacare." But despite his repeated...

Supreme Court lawyer writes Trump impeachment book

Oct. 22, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Neal Katyal is all in for impeaching the president. The former acting solicitor general of the United States and MSNBC commentator has written "Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Tuesday that the book, co-written with Sam Koppelman, comes out Nov....

Judge allows Chicago suit against Jussie Smollett to proceed

Oct. 22, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss Chicago's lawsuit against former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. U.S. District Virginia Kendall's ruling means that Chicago's suit that seeks to recoup $130,000 that city officials say the police department spent investigating Smollett's claim...

The Latest: 1946 lynching puts focus on grand jury secrecy

Oct. 22, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a court battle over whether federal judges can order the unsealing of grand jury records that stems from a historian's quest for truth about a notorious lynching in Georgia (all times local): 11 a.m. A U.S. appeals court is considering whether federal judges can order the...

Secret criteria for US no-fly list upheld by appeals court

Oct. 22, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The largely secret criteria for the government's no-fly list have been upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving four people who sued over being barred from flying. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously Monday that the government has gone as far as the law...

Polish ruling party seeks vote recount after loss of Senate

Oct. 22, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party has requested a recount in six districts of votes for candidates to the Senate after losing control of that chamber in the country's recent election. The request sparked accusations from opposition parties that Law and Justice, the ruling party, was...

Arizona quietly suspends Medicaid work requirement

Oct. 22, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona quietly suspended plans to require about 120,000 people to work, volunteer or go to school to receive Medicaid benefits, as courts have taken a dim view of similar mandates in other states. The decision is another setback to efforts by President Donald Trump and his allies in many...