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E. Jean Carroll, who says President Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s, leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse following a hearing in her defamation lawsuit against Trump, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in New York. A federal judge on Tuesday denied President Donald Trump's request that the United States replace him as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit alleging he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Judge: US can't replace Trump in accuser's defamation suit

Oct. 27, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s request that the United States replace him as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit, which alleges he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s, was denied Tuesday by a federal judge. The decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan came...

This combination of 2018-2020 photos shows, from left, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to face a grilling by Republican senators who accuse the tech giants of anti-conservative bias. Democrats are trying to expand the discussion to include other issues such as the companies' heavy impact on local news.  The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday. The executives have agreed to appear remotely after being threatened with subpoenas. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, LM Otero, Jens Meyer)

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

Oct. 27, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to face a grilling by Republican senators who accuse the tech giants of anti-conservative bias. Democrats are trying to expand the discussion to include other issues such as the companies' heavy impact...

US pulls appeal of ruling that blocked Alaska timber sale

Oct. 27, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government withdrew an appeal of a court ruling stopping one of the largest old-growth timber sales in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. The U.S. Justice Department planned to pursue the case in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but reversed course and withdrew the...

DOJ grant to go toward 'Innocence Project' at LSU law center

Oct. 26, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has granted Louisiana State University's law center nearly $500,000 to establish a project that will allow students to identify and review cases that may have resulted in wrongful convictions. The university's law school and the Innocence Project New...

DOJ boosts Maine efforts to tackle addiction crisis

Oct. 26, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Public agencies in Maine have received more than $1 million in federal money to help fight the state's addiction crisis. Almost $900,000 of the money is slated for Cumberland County, while the rest is going to the Maine Department of Public Safety. The money is from the U.S....

Sherrellis Sheria Stinnette, grandmother of Marcellis Stinnette, 19, speaks to the media during a protest rally for Marcellis Stinnette who was killed by Waukegan Police last Tuesday in Waukegan, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Stinnette was killed and his girlfriend and mother of his child, Tafara Williams, was wounded when a police officer in Waukegan opened fire Tuesday night after police said Williams' vehicle started rolling toward the officer following a traffic stop. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

Chief: Illinois officer who shot Black couple in car fired

Oct. 24, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer who shot a Black couple inside a vehicle — killing a 19-year-old man and wounding his girlfriend — has been fired, the police chief announced late Friday. The officer who fatally shot Marcellis Stinnette and the wounded Tafara Williams...

Inmate dies in hospital at Mississippi's Parchman prison

Oct. 23, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary died has died in the prison's hospital, and an autopsy will be done. The state Department of Corrections said in a news release Friday that Anthony Bell, 64, was pronounced dead Thursday. Bell was serving a 20-year sentence for a 2012...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, signage is pictured at a Walmart store in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, Walmart filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

Oct. 22, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is suing the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis. The government is expected to take civil action against the world's largest retailer, seeking big financial penalties, for the role its pharmacies may have played...

FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, police clash with protesters during a Black Lives Matter protest near the Seattle Police East Precinct headquarters in Seattle. New York, Seattle and Portland, three cities recently labeled

Seattle, Portland, New York sue over Trump's 'anarchy' label

Oct. 22, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — New York, Seattle and Portland — three cities recently labeled “anarchist jurisdictions” by the U.S. Justice Department — filed a lawsuit Thursday to invalidate the designation and fight off the Trump administration's efforts to withhold federal dollars....

US attorney appoints 3 to oversee Idaho voter complaints

Oct. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three assistant U.S. attorneys will oversee the U.S. Justice Department's handling of any fraud and voting rights complaints in Idaho during the upcoming general election. U.S. Attorney Bart Davis announced Wednesday that Raymond Patricco, Traci Whelan and Jack Haycock would lead those...