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Sheldon Silver, NY power broker sent to prison, dead at 77

Jan. 24, 2022 20:43 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his conviction on corruption charges, has died in federal custody. He was 77. Silver died Monday, the federal Bureau of Prisons said,...

Justices to hear challenge to race in college admissions

Jan. 24, 2022 20:39 PM EST

The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding affirmative action to major cases on abortion, guns, religion and COVID-19 already on the agenda. The court said it will take up lawsuits claiming...

Lebanon's former PM Saad Hariri bows out of political life

Jan. 24, 2022 13:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Monday he was leaving politics for now and would not run in upcoming parliamentary elections. The decision marks the first time in three decades the powerful Sunni family is out of politics, adding uncertainty in a country...

Anti-Semitic flyers distributed in 2 South Florida cities

Jan. 24, 2022 11:27 AM EST

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Anti-Semitic flyers were distributed over the weekend to hundreds of homes in two South Florida cities with large Jewish populations, authorities said. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber tweeted that flyers in plastic sandwich bags with small pebbles were...

Orlando ‘credible messengers’ combat youth violence

Jan. 22, 2022 03:15 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Days before Christmas, 24 fighters ranging from 5 to 17 years old were warming up to showcase their skills in the caged octagon set up in the parking lot of the New Image Youth Center in Parramore. Dozens of chairs were set up around the ring but many among the scores who...

Church victims push to expand lawsuit window in Nebraska

Jan. 21, 2022 19:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent. The proposal comes on the...

Noem's school 'prayer' bill rejected by House Republicans

Jan. 21, 2022 15:14 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Republican-dominated South Dakota House committee on Friday rejected Gov. Kristi Noem's proposal to require public schools to have a moment of silence to start the day. The Republican governor first billed the proposal at a conservative Christian conference...

Trump appointee blocks Biden federal worker vaccine mandate

Jan. 21, 2022 14:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden's requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown,...

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

Jan. 21, 2022 09:53 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse and German authorities called for further investigation after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI for having botched four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany. ...

Nigeria extremists still ‘very dangerous,’ says UN official

Jan. 21, 2022 08:46 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic extremist insurgency in northeast Nigeria is a “very, very dangerous (and) very threatening” crisis that needs more than $1 billion in aid in 2022 to assist those hit by the decade-long conflict, United Nations humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said. ...