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Plea deal offers suspended sentence in fatal trailer fire

Jan. 24, 2021 6:24 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Kalispell man who was charged with deliberate homicide after his father died in a trailer fire has reached a plea agreement on a lesser charge that recommends a five-year probationary sentence. Jason Weldele, 42, was charged in the October death of Daniel Weldele, 63. Jason...

Former banker gets prison for bank fraud, money laundering

Jan. 24, 2021 6:21 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former banker from Billings has been sentenced to a year in prison for approving bank loans to a man without disclosing his own private loans to the same man. Stephen Phillip Casher, 47, was sentenced Friday after earlier pleading guilty to bank fraud and money laundering, The...

Despite restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, thousands crowd Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

The Latest: Mexico, Russia leaders to discuss vaccine supply

Jan. 24, 2021 3:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, his foreign affairs secretary said Sunday. Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter the two leaders would speak Monday morning about...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo violent rioters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol in Washington. The words of Donald Trump supporters who are accused of participating in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot may end up being used against him in his Senate impeachment trial as he faces the charge of inciting a violent insurrection.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Growing number of GOP senators oppose impeachment trial

Jan. 24, 2021 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republican senators say they oppose holding an impeachment trial, a sign of the dimming chances that former President Donald Trump will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol. House Democrats, who will walk the impeachment charge of...

ACLU sues Portsmouth over resident's critical signs

Jan. 24, 2021 2:47 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has sued Portsmouth on behalf of a resident who's been ordered to take down signs on his property that are critical of the town. Resident Michael DiPaola has been feuding with the town for years over building code enforcement and...

Burundi ruling party selects hardliner as secretary-general

Jan. 24, 2021 12:26 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party has selected as the former president of the country's senate to be the new secretary-general. Reverien Ndikuriyo was picked Sunday by the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy, known by...

Illinois woman sentenced to 18 months prison in medical hoax

Jan. 24, 2021 11:50 AM EST

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 36-year-old southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in a medical hoax that tricked people who gave her money and other benefits. Sarah Delashmit of Highland pleaded guilty in October to multiple fraud charges after authorities claimed she...

2 men sent back to jail after Capitol rally attendance

Jan. 24, 2021 11:32 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men arrested in November after they traveled to the Philadelphia convention center where votes in the 2020 presidential race were being counted were sent back to jail after their bail was increased due to their participation in the rally near the U.S. Capitol that turned deadly...

In this Wednesday March 4, 2020 courtroom sketch Joshua Schulte, center, is seated at the defense table flanked by his attorneys during jury deliberations in New York. Joshua Schulte, a former CIA software engineer charged with leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks says it's cruel and unusual punishment that he's awaiting trial in solitary confinement, housed in a vermin-infested cell of a jail unit where inmates are treated like “caged animals.

Ex-CIA engineer tells judge he's incarcerated like an animal

Jan. 24, 2021 11:23 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA software engineer charged with leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks says it's cruel and unusual punishment that he's awaiting trial in solitary confinement, housed in a vermin-infested cell of a jail unit where inmates are treated like “caged animals." Joshua Schulte,...

Relatives say they can't sue nursing home where mother died

Jan. 24, 2021 10:51 AM EST

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta nursing home where 22 people died from COVID-19 has been faulted by state inspectors for failing to control infections, but relatives of people who died say they can't sue because Georgia lawmakers last year blocked lawsuits unless plaintiffs can prove the...