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Injured crewman sues boat owner for fiery disaster at sea

Sep. 19, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crewman injured while escaping the fire that killed 34 people aboard a dive boat off Southern California sued the vessel's owner and the company that chartered it. Ryan Sims filed the lawsuit last week in Ventura County Superior Court saying the boat was unseaworthy and operated in an...

Decision not to redo death penalty law met with anger, joy

Sep. 19, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers were left fuming and justice reform advocates elated after Oregon's governor decided against calling a special session of the Legislature to have lawmakers review a new law narrowing death penalty cases. Despite assurances by Democratic lawmakers during the 2019...

Trump scores a victory in bicoastal battle over tax returns

Sep. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his tax returns private played out on both coasts Thursday, with a California judge handing him an initial victory and his lawyers in New York City arguing that federal prosecutors there are trying "to harass" him by seeking the...

North Carolina AG praises law to end rape evidence backlog

Sep. 19, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says a new law to fund testing for sexual assault kits sitting in law enforcement evidence closets will put rapists in prison and ensure a backlog never happens again. Stein, police and sexual assault victim advocates held a news conference...

The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback

Sep. 19, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing over California's law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns (all times local): 2:40 p.m. California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is...

Kentucky court considers whether to raise death penalty age

Sep. 19, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a case Thursday revolving around whether the death penalty should apply to defendants who committed their crimes between the ages of 18 and 21. The case reached the high court after a lower court judge ruled that applying the death penalty to such...

UK top court aims to rule next week on Parliament shutdown

Sep. 19, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by one of the country's former leaders of obstructing Parliament by shutting down the legislature for five weeks, as a landmark legal challenge to the suspension wrapped up Thursday at the U.K. Supreme Court. But a government lawyer warned the...

Indonesian police arrest hundreds linked to forest fires

Sep. 19, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Thursday they have arrested 230 people suspected of starting some of the fires that are spreading health-damaging haze across a large part of Southeast Asia. Among those arrested are three men who were caught Monday while trying to clear land to plant crops...

Public transport drivers strike in Delhi over higher fines

Sep. 19, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Commuters in India's capital faced difficulties Thursday as much of the city's public transportation, including private buses, auto-rickshaws and some ride-hailing services, remained off the roads to protest a sharp increase in traffic fines under a new law. The government hopes the new...

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...