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Mexico sues US gun manufacturers over arms trafficking toll

Aug. 04, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government sued United States gun manufacturers and distributors Wednesday in U.S. federal court, arguing that their negligent and illegal commercial practices have unleashed tremendous bloodshed in Mexico. The unusual lawsuit was filed in...

Minnesota Supreme Court upholds state's permit-to-carry law

Aug. 04, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law requiring individuals to have a permit to carry a handgun in public is constitutional and does not violate the Second Amendment. The ruling comes in the case of a man who was charged with...

Sudan takes first step toward joining international court

Aug. 03, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Tuesday approved a draft bill allowing the East African country to join the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The decision by the Cabinet to join the Rome Statute is a step forward in the long-waited trial of suspects wanted for...

Communist-era judge wanted by Poland dies in Sweden at 91

Jul. 30, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Communist-era judge Stefan Michnik, whose extradition Poland had sought over the death sentences he handed down in the early 1950s, has died in Sweden at 91. The news came from an obit that his half-brother, Adam Michnik, the...

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen

Jul. 29, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults as well as children, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts in 1974, court records show. ...

Harvey Weinstein: 1 sexual assault count dismissed, for now

Jul. 29, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge on Thursday dismissed one of 11 sexual assault counts against Harvey Weinstein, giving the former movie mogul and convicted rapist a minor and possibly temporary victory. At a hearing with the 69-year-old Weinstein in the...

Spanish judge tosses out suit against Polisario Front leader

Jul. 29, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit against the leader of a movement seeking independence for Western Sahara from Morocco that had accused him of torture, genocide and other crimes. Judge Santiago Pedraz said the 20-year statute of limitations...

US acting to better protect infrastructure from cyberthreats

Jul. 28, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking steps to harden cybersecurity defenses for critical infrastructure, announcing on Wednesday the development of performance goals and a voluntary public-private partnership to protect core sectors. The actions,...

Report: Hate crime laws lack uniformity across the US

Jul. 28, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections. The report, first...

German court rules women must be allowed in fishing ritual

Jul. 28, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court ruled Wednesday that women can't be excluded from a traditional event in which fishermen compete to catch the biggest fish in a stream that runs through a Bavarian town. The state court in Memmingen said the group that organizes the town's...