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Prison officers testify during hearing in inmate escape

Nov. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EST

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate charged with killing a corrections administrator before he escaped a prison was seen riding a tractor outside a lawn mowing shop at the facility about a half-hour before a search for him began, prison officers testified Wednesday. Curtis Ray Watson appeared before a...

Ex-lawmakers sue to block Michigan’s legislative term limits

Nov. 20, 2019 1:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight former Michigan lawmakers filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging they have been unconstitutionally blocked from running again by “draconian” term-limit restrictions that also prevent voters from backing candidates of their choice. The suit, filed in Grand Rapids...

Myanmar: Suu Kyi to lead team to fight genocide accusation

Nov. 20, 2019 12:12 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government announced Wednesday that its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will head a legal team it will send to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands to contest a case of genocide filed against it by Gambia on behalf of the Organization of Islamic...

Woman sentenced to 15 years for planning foiled bar attack

Nov. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who pleaded guilty to plotting and buying supplies for a foiled terror attack on a bar has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered that 24-year-old Elizabeth Lecron, of Toledo, be placed on lifetime supervision after she is released....

Thai court removes pro-democracy politician from Parliament

Nov. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that a popular pro-democracy opposition leader violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament. The court said Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the 40-year-old head of the new Future Forward Party, violated a regulation barring...

Spaniards convicted of rape also sentenced for videoing it

Nov. 20, 2019 8:36 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Two Spaniards who were among a group of five men convicted earlier this year of raping a woman were each sentenced Wednesday to an additional three years and three months in prison for having made videos of the rape with their phones. A regional court in Pamplona also fined them 5,670 euros...

Thai Supreme Court affirms death sentence for Spaniard

Nov. 20, 2019 7:51 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence given a Spanish man convicted of murdering a compatriot and dismembering his body in 2016. Artur Segarra Princep had been convicted of killing David Bernat to steal his money. He had pleaded innocent. Police believe Segarra held...

Plea deal set for Dayton gunman’s friend

Nov. 20, 2019 5:41 AM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is expected to hear a proposed plea agreement in the case of the friend of the gunman in the deadly Dayton mass shooting. Court documents show 24-year-old Ethan Kollie plans to plead guilty Wednesday. Details of his plea agreement haven’t been disclosed. He is...

Thai Constitutional Court finds leader of maverick Future Forward Party violated election law, ousts him from Parliament

Nov. 20, 2019 3:17 AM EST
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Constitutional Court finds leader of maverick Future Forward Party violated election law, ousts him from Parliament.

Ruling backs asylum seekers at border prior to policy shift

Nov. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a partial ban on asylum does not apply to anyone who appeared at an official U.S. border crossing before the policy was announced in July, a decision that may affect thousands of people. The Trump administration announced July 16 that it would deny asylum...