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Wisconsin special election for Congress will be May 12

Oct. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The special election to fill the northern Wisconsin congressional seat that was held until recently by Republican Rep. Sean Duffy will take place May 12 and the primary will happen Feb. 18, Gov. Tony Evers said Friday. The decision, which was to be made official on Saturday, keeps the...

White House: Ukraine aid held up partly over election probe

Oct. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the...

White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

Oct. 17, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of...

Fort Worth faith leaders want judge to enforce police reform

Oct. 16, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Community and faith leaders on Wednesday called on the Trump administration to open a civil rights investigation into the Fort Worth Police Department in the wake of a white officer's fatal shooting of a black woman in her home, saying the goal should be a police reform plan...

Federal agency finds Oregon school district discriminated

Oct. 16, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has concluded that a school district in Oregon serving primarily Latino students discriminated against a non-US citizen who sought a job as a teacher there. The Department of Justice did not identify the person, who was considered...

Matthew Shepard's parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

Oct. 16, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998, assailed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for what they called hypocrisy on LGBT rights during a Justice Department ceremony commemorating a hate-crimes law named after their son. The ceremony, held in the department's Great Hall,...

UNH gets grant to help child sex abuse investigators

Oct. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A research center at the University of New Hampshire is getting a federal grant to support police officers and others who investigate crimes involving child sexual abuse images. Officials say a surge of such images online and new technology designed to intercept them means more...

2 shipping companies plead guilty to hiding oil pollution

Oct. 16, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two shipping companies incorporated in Liberia pleaded guilty in Delaware to presenting falsified documents to the U.S. Coast Guard to hide oil pollution caused by one of their cargo ships. A U.S. Department of Justice statement says Nederland Shipping Company and Chartworld...

Tennessee lands $660K grant for behavioral health training

Oct. 15, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has landed a $660,000 federal grant to expand a behavioral health training initiative to eight primarily rural counties. A statement from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse says the three-year U.S. Department of Justice grant will expand crisis...

Former UGA student admits operating Ponzi scheme from campus

Oct. 11, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A former University of Georgia student pleaded guilty Friday to operating a $1 million Ponzi scheme from his fraternity house on campus, federal prosecutors said. Syed Arham Arbab, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and is set to be sentenced in January, the U.S....