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Israeli court hears custody fight over cable car survivor, 6

Sep. 23, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The bitter custody battle over a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy inched forward in Israel on Thursday with a hearing in family court. Eitan Biran's relatives on both sides attended the session in Tel Aviv, in a legal fight that...

6 bodies thought to be those of Mexican Indigenous men found

Sep. 22, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Investigators in northern Mexico said Wednesday they have found six sets of skeletal remains and are performing forensic tests to see if they are some of the 10 men from Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group who were abducted in mid-July. The...

Judge considers request to block Arizona abortion law

Sep. 22, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for several Arizona abortion providers urged a federal judge Wednesday to block a new state law that would allow prosecutors to charge doctors who knowingly terminate a pregnancy solely because the fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome. ...

Ukraine's leader takes UN to task as 'retired superhero'

Sep. 22, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders who are “playing” at unity and stuffing pressing problems into an overflowing bag of woe. A world that's in the same boat, but first-class passengers get the lifeboats. A United Nations that resembles ”a retired superhero" that has lost sight of what it...

California governor signs privacy laws for abortion patients

Sep. 22, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two laws on Wednesday that aim to protect the privacy of abortion providers and their patients, declaring California to be a “reproductive freedom state” while drawing a sharp contrast with Texas and its efforts to limit the procedure....

Mississippi voting rights case is argued at US appeals court

Sep. 22, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The authors of Mississippi's 1890 constitution had racist intent when they stripped voting rights from people convicted of some felonies because they chose crimes they thought were more likely to be committed by Black people, an attorney argued Wednesday in a federal...

Debate begins on Ohio's critical race theory ban bills

Sep. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A debate over teaching the role of racism in American history was highlighted Wednesday as a committee weighed two bills before Ohio legislators that would prohibit such instruction. Teaching that focuses on the effect of racism on society would be...

Court throws out ruling on handgun sales to people under 21

Sep. 22, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling that found a law banning licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to young adults under 21 is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond...

Former officer pleads guilty to perjury, assault in beating

Sep. 22, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware police officer has pleaded guilty to assaulting an injured man and lying about it, the attorney general’s office announced Wednesday. Former Dewey Beach police Officer Gregory Lynch Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree...

UN anti-racism event, rejected by some, recommits to goals

Sep. 22, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly pledged Wednesday to redouble efforts to combat racism around the world, commemorating a landmark but contentious 2001 anti-racism conference by holding an anniversary meeting once again riven with divisions. Looking back...