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Wisconsin prison inmate pleads not guilty to killing cellmate

Apr. 23, 2024 21:30 PM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prison inmate charged with killing her cellmate pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree intentional homicide. Taylor Sanchez, 28, an inmate at the Taycheedah Correctional Institution, entered the plea during her arraignment in Fond du Lac...

Photographer alleges he was forced to watch Megan Thee Stallion have sex and was unfairly fired

Apr. 23, 2024 20:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer who worked for Megan Thee Stallion said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was forced to watch her have sex, was unfairly fired soon after and was abused as her employee. In the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Emilio Garcia said that...

Dominica joins other Caribbean islands in striking down laws prohibiting gay sex

Apr. 23, 2024 19:51 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A top court in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica has struck down colonial-era laws criminalizing gay sex. It’s the latest nation to repeal such laws in the socially conservative region, joining Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Kitts and...

Woman charged with murder in crash that killed young brother and sister at birthday party

Apr. 23, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

A Michigan woman was arraigned Tuesday on second-degree murder and other charges after prosecutors say she drunkenly crashed her SUV into a boat club that was hosting a child's birthday party, killing a young brother and sister and injuring several other people. Marshella Chidester,...

Minnesota senator wanted late father's ashes when she broke into stepmother's home, charges say

Apr. 23, 2024 18:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota state senator and former broadcast meteorologist told police that she broke into her stepmother's home because her stepmother refused to give her items of sentimental value from her late father, including his ashes, according to burglary charges filed Tuesday. ...

Auditors say it's hard to tell how Turkey is using EU refugee funds. Some officials aren't helpful

Apr. 23, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors said on Wednesday that they are unable to establish whether some of the billions of euros the bloc has given to Turkey to help it cope with Syrian refugees is actually having any impact. Under a deal concluded between EU leaders and Turkey in...

When can doctors provide emergency abortions in states with strict bans? Supreme Court to weigh in

Apr. 23, 2024 17:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two years after overturning the constitutional right to abortion, the Supreme Court will consider Wednesday how far state bans can extend to women in medical emergencies. The justices are weighing a case from Idaho, where a strict abortion ban went into...

Houston-area program to give $500 monthly payments to some residents on hold after Texas lawsuit

Apr. 23, 2024 16:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Harris County, which includes Houston, to put on hold a guaranteed income program that would provide $500 monthly cash payments to roughly 2,000 residents. The program has become a target of Republican Texas Attorney...

Former MIT researcher who killed Yale graduate student sentenced to 35 years in prison

Apr. 23, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison for the killing of a Yale University graduate student found shot outside his car on a Connecticut street. Qinxuan Pan, 33, who pleaded guilty to...

Transgender Louisianans lost their ally in the governor's seat. Now they're girding for a fight

Apr. 23, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As transgender people in Louisiana watched surrounding states in the deeply conservative South implement a slew of laws targeting nearly every facet of their lives in recent years, they counted on their ally in the governor’s office to keep their home a relative oasis. ...