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Judge says dam can't be removed if water level will fall

Nov. 25, 2020 5:41 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A federal court says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can't demolish a dam downriver from Augusta if it doesn't maintain the current water level. U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel ruled Friday that the Corps of Engineers' proposed plan to remove the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam...

Longtime Tennessee county judge to retire

Nov. 25, 2020 5:34 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Longtime Tennessee Chancery Court Judge Walter L. Evans is retiring at the end of November, court officials said. Evans has served as a chancery court judge in Shelby County for 22 years. He has presided over numerous high-profile cases, including some involving Memphis-based shipping...

New Zealand soldier faces spying charges in 1st such case

Nov. 25, 2020 12:03 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand soldier has been charged with spying and will face up to 14 years in prison if found guilty. It is the first time somebody from the military has faced such a charge in New Zealand, at least in modern times, the New Zealand Defense Force said Wednesday. The...

Locals want Syrians evicted from Lebanese town after killing

Nov. 24, 2020 8:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Locals in a northern Lebanese town called on authorities Tuesday to evict all Syrians from the area a day after a Syrian citizen allegedly shot dead a local man in a personal dispute. The announcement in the Christian mountain resort town of Bcharre came after a night of riots against Syrians...

Prosecutors: 31 charged in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

Nov. 24, 2020 2:52 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 30 people were charged for their participation in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over seven years at a United States Coast Guard exam center in Louisiana, federal prosecutors announced. The indictment centers around Dorothy Smith, a former employee at an exam center...

A statue of soldier carries balance, symbol of justice, is seen outside the military court in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. A year after anti-government protests roiled Lebanon, dozens of protesters are being tried before military courts that human rights lawyers say grossly violate due process and fail to investigate allegations of torture and abuse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

Nov. 22, 2020 2:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Khaldoun Jaber was taking part in an anti-government protest near the presidential palace outside Beirut last November when several Lebanese intelligence officers in plainclothes approached and forcibly took him away. The demonstration was part of a wave of protests sweeping Lebanon against...

Lawyers: Children detained at border facing COVID exposure

Nov. 20, 2020 5:56 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Border Patrol agents are detaining about 65 immigrant children at a station in South Texas in conditions that don't control the spread of the coronavirus, with limited social distancing and a lack of access to soap or hand sanitizer, immigration lawyers said Friday. A lawyer who visited the...

Retired Navy officer pleads guilty in child pornography case

Nov. 20, 2020 10:06 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A retired Navy officer has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. Lt. Cdr. Ronald Zenga, a retired pilot who was stationed at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty to coercion and distributing and possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Aaron L....

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2020, file photo a Chinese flag hangs near an automated parcel handling line at a warehouse for an online retailer in Beijing. President Donald Trump has identified China as the country’s biggest foe and the Justice Department mirrored that emphasis over the last four years with a drumbeat of cases against defendants ranging from hackers accused of targeting intellectual property to professors charged with grant fraud. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Justice Dept.'s China focus likely to continue under Biden

Nov. 19, 2020 12:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has identified China as the country's biggest foe and the Justice Department mirrored that emphasis over the last four years with a drumbeat of cases against defendants ranging from hackers accused of targeting intellectual property to professors charged with grant...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against Gen. Cienfuegos, a decision that came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless the general was sent home. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure

Nov. 18, 2020 9:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico. The full scope of Mexico’s pressure was not clear and...