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Jan. 22, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2021. There are 343 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, declared a nationwide constitutional right to abortion. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at...

This undated photo provided by Fourth Purpose shows Josh Smith, of Knoxville, Tenn. At least four Tennessee men are among the people pardoned by President Donald Trump during the final hours of his term, and three of them have dedicated their lives to helping other inmates and those at risk of incarceration. Smith is trying to make it easier for prisoners to reintegrate into society. (Fourth Purpose via AP)

At least 4 Tennessee men receive presidential pardons

Jan. 20, 2021 6:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least four Tennessee men are among the 73 people pardoned by President Donald Trump during the final hours of his term, and three of them have dedicated their lives to helping other inmates and those at risk of incarceration. Robert Sherrill is a Nashville resident who served...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019, file photo,  former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, right, walks with his attorney, Kurt Altman, as they leave a court hearing in Phoenix. Petersen, who has acknowledged running an adoption scheme in three states that involved women from the Marshall Islands, is required to report to federal prison by midday Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to start serving a 6-year sentence for his guilty plea in Arkansas to conspiring to commit human smuggling. Petersen also is awaiting sentencing for related convictions in Arizona and in Utah. (AP Photo/Jacques Billeaud, File)

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

Jan. 20, 2021 12:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa...

A woman identified only by her first name Anchan, right, talks to her friend as she arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced the retired civil servant to a record 43.5 years in prison for insulting the monarchy by posting audio clips online of comments critical of the royal institution. (AP Photo)

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

Jan. 19, 2021 7:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the...

President Trump is seen on a network monitor after his pre-recorded farewell speech was released, inside the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Trump wishes new administration luck in farewell video

Jan. 19, 2021 6:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to repair his tarnished legacy, President Donald Trump trumpeted his administration's accomplishments and wished his successor luck in a farewell video as he spent his final full day in office preparing to issue a flurry of pardons in a near-deserted White House, surrounded by an...

FILE - This image released by the Ottawa County Jail, shows Timothy Koets. Koets, a former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in his severely autistic teenage son's drowning death in an icy backyard pool. Koets was sentenced Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 to a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 15 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. (Ottawa County Jail/The Grand Rapids Press via AP File)

Michigan man sentenced to prison in drowning of autistic son

Jan. 19, 2021 2:26 PM EST

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison for manslaughter in the death of his autistic teenage son, who drowned after spending an hour in an icy backyard pool with his arms restrained. Timothy Koets, 51, was sentenced Monday to a minimum of two...

FILE - In this May 26, 2018 file photo, the Spanish word for

Nicaragua congress adopts life sentences; opposition opposes

Jan. 18, 2021 8:37 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s congress gave final approval Monday to change the constitution to permit life imprisonment. Congress is dominated by President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party, and opposition legislators voted against the measure or abstained. Opponents say life...

This Nov. 19, 2019 booking photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Phil Spector. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his

Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics

Jan. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector was viewed as a man with two distinct personas: The late music producer was regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll genius who elevated the genre with his “Wall of Sound” style in the 1960s and created hits for several big names from the Beatles to Tina...

South Korean court sentences Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong to 2 ½ years in prison over corruption case

Jan. 18, 2021 12:38 AM EST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean court sentences Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong to 2 ½ years in prison over corruption case.

Today in History

Jan. 18, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2021. There are 347 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 18, 1911, the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored...