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Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...

AP Exclusive: Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela

Dec. 9, 2019 6:42 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — For seven nerve-wracking months, they slept through the day in cramped quarters on cold floors, while spending their nights in prayer, keeping fit with dumbbells made from water jugs and peering through the diplomatic compound's curtains for fear of surveillance. But on Monday, 16 national...

Sprint exec messages suggest T-Mobile deal may boost prices

Dec. 9, 2019 6:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Messages by a Sprint executive revealed in federal court suggested he thought an acquisition by T-Mobile might push up mobile-service prices for consumers, undercutting T-Mobile's argument that its deal will benefit Americans. The text messages, presented by attorneys for a coalition of...

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

Dec. 9, 2019 5:55 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle.’’ The United States, under a president who favors a...

Federal appeals court rules against political ad law

Dec. 9, 2019 5:36 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland law approved by state legislators to prevent foreign interference in local elections is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found...

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place

Dec. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. Enforcement of the law had been on hold...

Deadly India fire in one of thousands of illegal factories

Dec. 9, 2019 6:44 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Day laborers in one of New Delhi's most congested neighborhoods demonstrated against unsafe working conditions on Monday, a day after at least 43 people were killed in a devastating fire at an illegal factory there. Dozens of workers who were asleep when the fire broke out were trapped...

What's next in impeachment: Articles, and committee vote

Dec. 9, 2019 12:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is rapidly headed toward the real work of impeachment this week, with articles expected to be introduced and voted on in the House Judiciary Committee. If the Judiciary panel approves articles by Friday, as is expected, that would set up a final impeachment vote in the days...

Alabama doesn't appeal injunction blocking abortion ban

Dec. 8, 2019 9:08 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's near-total abortion ban will remain blocked by a federal judge as a lawsuit over the ban plays out in court. Alabama did not appeal the court injunction that blocked the state’s near-total abortion ban from taking effect last month, according to the attorney...

Court weighs whether Boston Marathon bomber got a fair trial

Dec. 8, 2019 12:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Boston will consider whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a fair trial in the city where the bombs exploded. Oral arguments before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are scheduled for Thursday, according to The Boston Globe. Tsarnaev was...