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The Latest: Sydney reports worst day of its current outbreak

Aug. 04, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s most populous state is reporting the worst day of its outbreak of the coronavirus delta variant, with a record 262 new local infections and five deaths from COVID-19. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Thursday that four of the...

Real estate heir Durst expected to testify at murder trial

Aug. 04, 2021 23:16 PM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst is expected to take the stand at his Los Angeles County murder trial on Thursday. The 78-year-old was expected to make the rare move for a defendant in a murder case and begin testimony on Wednesday, but...

Fire destroys cabin of New Hampshire man forced out of woods

Aug. 04, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

CANTERBURY, N.H. (AP) — For almost three decades, 81-year-old David Lidstone has lived in the woods of New Hampshire along the Merrimack River in a small cabin adorned with solar panels. He has grown his own food, cut his own firewood, and tended to his pets and chickens. ...

Phoenix school district says suit over mask mandate is moot

Aug. 04, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix school district wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over its mask mandate, which could be a test case for other districts, arguing a state law banning such policy isn’t in effect yet. A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday in the case of...

Feds: 4 from MS-13 indicted in 10 Las Vegas-area killings

Aug. 04, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Four accused members of the violent MS-13 gang have been indicted in Las Vegas on racketeering conspiracy charges stemming from 10 killings and abductions that police and the FBI identified in 2018, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. U.S. Attorney...

Georgia man sentenced for trying to steal COVID relief funds

Aug. 04, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who tried to fraudulently obtain over $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief from two federal programs will spend two and a half years in prison, the Department of Justice said. Christopher Hayes, 35, pleaded guilty in May to defrauding a U.S....

Postmates to pay $1M to Seattle gig workers in settlement

Aug. 04, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Online food delivery platform Postmates has agreed to pay almost $1 million to settle allegations it violated the city’s paid sick leave policies for gig workers, Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards said. The city said in a news release that most of...

Man pistol-whipped by Colorado officer feared for his life

Aug. 04, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Black man who was pistol-whipped and choked by a suburban Denver police officer said Wednesday that he feared for his life during the violent confrontation that led to assault charges against the officer and later his resignation. In an interview, Kyle...

Oklahoma City landlords settle sexual harassment claims

Aug. 04, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma City landlords agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging its former agent sexually harassed female tenants, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The settlement with defendants Rosemarie Pelfrey, Omega...

Ex-Kentucky officer pleads guilty to striking protester

Aug. 04, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Louisville police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to striking a kneeling protester in the back of the head with a riot stick during protests over the death of Breonna Taylor last year. Cory P. Evans pleaded guilty in federal court to the...