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Judges from Italy, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, many wearing their professional gowns, take part in a march in support of judicial independence in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. The judges marched silently in Warsaw in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don't like. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)

Poland to hold final vote on politicians punishing judges

Jan. 23, 2020 10:07 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's lawmakers are scheduled Thursday to take a final vote on a proposed law that would allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. Proposed by Poland's right-wing ruling party,...

U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee speaks during a press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The top United Nations official who deals with human rights in Myanmar said Thursday that the international community must continue to put pressure on the Southeast Asian nation to follow any decision by the International Court of Justice regarding its treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

Top UN official says Myanmar must follow order on Rohingya

Jan. 23, 2020 9:24 AM EST

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — A top United Nations official who deals with human rights in Myanmar said Thursday that the international community must continue to put pressure on the Southeast Asian nation to follow any decision by the International Court of Justice regarding its treatment of minority Rohingya...

Yasmin Ullah, a member of the Rohingya community, is all smiles as she walks out of the International Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, after the court ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya. The United Nations' top cour issued a decision on a request by Gambia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Rohingya hail UN ruling ordering Myanmar to prevent genocide

Jan. 23, 2020 9:08 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people, delivering a sweeping legal victory for the Muslim minority. The ruling came despite appeals last month by Myanmar's civilian leader...

David Xol-Cholom, of Guatemala hugs his son Byron at Los Angeles International Airport as they reunite after being separated about one and half year ago during the Trump administration's wide-scale separation of immigrant families, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Migrant parents separated from kids since 2018 return to US

Jan. 23, 2020 9:06 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine parents who were deported as the Trump administration separated thousands of migrant families landed back into the U.S. late Wednesday to reunite with children they had not seen in a year and a half. The group arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Guatemala City in a...

FILE - This is a 2019 file photo showing Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Royals star catcher Salvador Perez is about to become a U.S. citizen. Perez passed his citizenship exam earlier this month and will be be joined by Chief U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on the Royals FanFest main stage Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, to take the oath of allegiance, the Royals said in a news release. Perez signed with the Royals as a 16-year-old prospect from Venezuela. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Royals star catcher Salvador Perez to become US citizen

Jan. 23, 2020 8:29 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez is about to become a U.S. citizen. Perez passed his citizenship exam earlier this month and will be be joined by Chief U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on the Royals FanFest main stage Friday at the Kansas City Convention Center to...

Appeals court upholds Norway licenses for Arctic drilling

Jan. 23, 2020 6:27 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An appeals court ruled Thursday that the Norwegian government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the Arctic, dealing a second blow to environmental groups that had sued against further drilling in the Barents Sea. The court upheld a ruling that acquitted the government of...

FILE - This Sept. 2015, file image made from U.S. Border Patrol surveillance video shows a child crawling on the concrete floor near the bathroom area of a holding cell, and a woman and children wrapped in Mylar sheets at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Douglas, Ariz. A years-old lawsuit challenging detention conditions in several of the Border Patrol’s Arizona stations will go to trial Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, as the agency as a whole has come under fire following several migrant deaths. The lawsuit was first filed in June 2015 and applies to eight Border Patrol facilities in Arizona where attorneys say migrants are held in unsafe and inhumane conditions. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP, File)

Judge hints he may rule for migrants in Border Patrol suit

Jan. 23, 2020 1:06 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge indicated Wednesday he may side with migrants in a lawsuit that alleges extreme overcrowding and inhumane conditions at some of the Border Patrol's facilities in Arizona. U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury criticized the lack of measures taken by the Border Patrol to...

Joseph James DeAngelo, suspected of being the Golden State Killer, appears in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White ordered a preliminary hearing for DeAngelo to begin May 12, 2020.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Judge sets preliminary hearing in 'Golden State Killer' case

Jan. 23, 2020 12:10 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge on Wednesday set a May hearing to decide if prosecutors have enough evidence to go to trial against a man suspected being the notorious "Golden State Killer" who eluded capture for decades. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White ordered the...

Members of a Kansas House committee indicate whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or no on a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion with thumbs-up and thumbs-down signs, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The measure cleared committee on a 15-6 show of hands and would reverse a Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Abortion rights backers unsure of strategy in Kansas fight

Jan. 22, 2020 7:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion rights backers grappled with how to derail a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution as abortion foes marked Wednesday's anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by advancing two versions of the proposal in the Republican-controlled...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor aims to block PG&E's bankruptcy plan

Jan. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. In a court filing Wednesday, Newsom's lawyers gave...