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Cities win immigration policing dispute with US government

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its challenge to a court decision that said the federal government could not force two Rhode Island cities to turn local police into federal immigration agents. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Central Falls...

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

Apr. 09, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has ordered a study on overhauling the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission Friday that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for justices, among other...

Police chiefs throw support behind Biden's civil rights pick

Apr. 09, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of police chiefs who ran some of America’s largest police forces are lending their support to Kristen Clarke, who has been nominated to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division. In a letter to congressional leaders Friday, the law...

Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss

Apr. 07, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, delivering his first major action on gun control since taking office. He'll also nominate David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at...

Gaetz says he won't resign over 'false' sex allegations

Apr. 06, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz said he will not leave Congress and denied that he “slept with” an underage girl, suggesting that accusations against him stem from political foes angry that he “loathes the swamp.” The Florida Republican, starting his fifth...

Gaetz says he won't resign over 'false' sex allegations

Apr. 05, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz said Monday he will not leave Congress and denied that he “slept with” an underage girl, suggesting that accusations against him stem from political foes angry that he “loathes the swamp.” The Florida Republican, starting his...

Brutal NYC attack renews Asian American volunteers' efforts

Apr. 01, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fed up with the incessant attacks on Asian Americans, Stan Lee recently started voluntarily patrolling San Francisco's Chinatown. So when the 53-year-old fire lieutenant saw a video of a New York City woman getting brutally beaten, he didn't have to guess how his fellow...

Biden rolls out diverse first slate of judicial nominees

Mar. 30, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated a racially diverse and overwhelmingly female group to federal and other judgeships, including three Black women for the U.S. courts of appeals, one pathway to the Supreme Court. Biden promised as a candidate to...

Justice Department to review how best to fight hate crimes

Mar. 30, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday ordered a review of how the Justice Department can best deploy its resources to combat hate crimes during a surge in incidents targeting Asian Americans. Garland issued a department-wide memo announcing the...

A look at President Biden's first 11 judicial nominees

Mar. 30, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has announced his first slate of judicial nominees. The list released by the White House on Tuesday includes Black, Muslim and Asian American Pacific Islander candidates among the nine women and two men. The nominees are: ...