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US court orders Iran, Syria liable for attacks in Israel

Jun. 2, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. court has ruled that Iran and Syria are liable for compensation for American citizens wounded and killed in a series of attacks by Palestinians in Israel, including the killing of a U.S. Army veteran. Judge Randolph D. Moss in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled...

Man gets 10-month sentence for threatening Muslim politician

Jun. 2, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

A North Carolina man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, according to prosecutors. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, had faced a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison after...

A protester raises his fist during a rally Monday, June 1, 2020, in Las Vegas, against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP Photo/John Locher)

Vegas shootings amid protest leave 1 dead, officer wounded

Jun. 2, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A police officer was on life support Tuesday after being shot during a protest on the Las Vegas Strip and a man who a federal official said was armed with a rifle was hit with a beanbag projectile and then fatally shot by officers protecting a federal courthouse, authorities said. The...

Kansas to ask Supreme Court to save voter citizenship law

Jun. 2, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican attorney general plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to require new voters to provide papers documenting their citizenship when registering. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he will appeal a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Delaware governor to back off religious worship restrictions

Jun. 2, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney plans to back off restrictions he imposed on church worship to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state attorneys told a federal judge Tuesday. Carney planned to issue new guidance regarding communities of worship either later Tuesday or Wednesday that...

Results for Idaho's first mail-in primary due late Tuesday

Jun. 2, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is holding its first mail-in primary because of the coronavirus pandemic, and a ruling is allowing voters an extra week to request ballots What effect that has on who will be on the November ballot will be made clear late Tuesday when officials start releasing results. More than...

Members of Sri Lankan cricket team attend their first training session after more than two months of restrictions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court won't annul Parliament dissolution

Jun. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to consider petitions filed by opposition parties and civil groups seeking to annul a presidential order dissolving Parliament because the coronavirus pandemic has prevented elections within the constitutionally mandated time....

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic. A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix's “Tiger King” docuseries to Joe Exotic's rival, Carole Baskin. In a ruling Monday, June 1, 2020, U.S. District Judge Scott Palk granted control of the Oklahoma zoo that was previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage — also known as Joe Exotic — to Big Cat Rescue Corp. (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP, File)

Judge gives control of Joe Exotic's zoo to Carole Baskin

Jun. 2, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix's “Tiger King” docuseries to Joe Exotic's chief rival. In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Scott Palk granted control of the Oklahoma zoo that was previously run by Joseph...

Police walk through fire and smoke as hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Oregon governor resists using National Guard in active role

Jun. 2, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday she won’t send National Guard troops to actively help quell violent protests in Portland over the killing of George Floyd because they aren’t needed and that “is exactly what President Trump wants.” Protests continued...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to reporters at a news conference in Washington. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled the use of midazolam in lethal injections is constitutional and dismissed claims that less painful methods of execution are available. Rutledge hailed Baker's decision.

Federal judge upholds use of sedative in Arkansas executions

Jun. 1, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday upheld Arkansas’ execution process, ruling that the state can continue to use a sedative in lethal injections that other states have backed away from and rejecting claims that its use amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge...