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Appeals court cites bias, overturns cold-case murder verdict

Dec. 06, 2021 19:09 PM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — An appeals court in Washington state on Monday overturned the cold-case murder convictions against a man accused of killing a young Canadian couple in 1987, citing juror bias. Detectives arrested William Earl Talbott II in 2018 using the then-novel method of...

Women activists call for more rights in Afghanistan

Dec. 05, 2021 10:24 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Women’s rights activists in the Afghan capital of Kabul insisted Sunday they would continue fighting for their right to education, employment and participation in Afghan political and social life, and said a recent Taliban decree banning forced marriage was not...

Taliban chief bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan

Dec. 03, 2021 08:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban decreed on Friday they were banning forced marriage of women in Afghanistan, a move apparently meant to address criteria the international community consider a precondition to recognizing their government and restoring aid to the war-torn country. ...

Roe 'settled' law? Justices' earlier assurances now in doubt

Dec. 03, 2021 07:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh convinced Sen. Susan Collins that he thought a woman’s right to an abortion was “settled law,” calling the court cases affirming it “precedent on precedent” that could not be casually overturned. ...

Man sentenced to life in prison for abusing two children

Dec. 01, 2021 17:43 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man cursed at a judge and threatened the mother of his victims during a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for sexually abusing two young girls. Jorge Maldonado, 30, was sentenced Monday for abusing two...

3 lawyers readying arguments in high court abortion case

Dec. 01, 2021 00:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading up to Wednesday's major abortion case at the Supreme Court, the justices have heard from thousands of people and organizations urging the court to either save or scrap two historic abortion decisions. But on Wednesday they'll hear from just...

Maxwell, Epstein were 'partners in crime,' prosecutor says

Nov. 29, 2021 18:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, a prosecutor said Monday, while Maxwell’s lawyers said she was being made a scapegoat for a man’s bad behavior as the British socialite’s sex trafficking trial got...

Drug gang behind attack that killed feminist in north Mexico

Nov. 28, 2021 19:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico said Sunday that a drug gang was behind the shooting attack on a city hall that killed a feminist activist and a bodyguard. One attacker also died in the Thursday shooting outside the city hall in Guaymas, in the...

Turkish police tear-gas women protesting over violence

Nov. 25, 2021 15:23 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police on Thursday fired tear gas to break up a protest in Istanbul by women demanding the country’s return to a landmark international treaty, signed in the same city, that is meant to protect women from violence. The women marched along...

Lifting obstacles: France helps women report abuse to police

Nov. 25, 2021 08:54 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France is launching a new process for women to formally report domestic violence and sexual and other abuse, circumventing police stations where many victims feel uncomfortable filing such complaints. The measure comes after tens of thousands of women in...