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EU top official clashes with Polish PM over rule of law

Oct. 19, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official locked horns Tuesday with Poland's prime minister, arguing that a recent ruling from the country's constitutional court challenging the supremacy of EU laws is a threat to the bloc's foundations and won't be left unanswered. ...

Aging UK soldier dies while on trial for Troubles shooting

Oct. 19, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An 80-year-old British army veteran has died while on trial for a shooting that occurred during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, fueling debate over the prosecution of soldiers for alleged crimes committed decades ago. Dennis Hutchings died Monday...

EXPLAINER: Why some fear a 'Polexit' from European Union

Oct. 19, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland will be a focus of European attention this week, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressing the European Parliament and leaders at a European Union summit expected to grapple with a legal conundrum created by a recent ruling by Poland's constitutional...

Trump files lawsuit to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress

Oct. 18, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to a House committee investigating the attack, challenging President Joe Biden's initial decision to waive executive privilege. ...

Federal judge rejects bid to block Oregon vaccine mandate

Oct. 18, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday denied a last-minute bid by more than three dozen state employees, health care providers and school staff to temporarily stop the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon rejected their...

Executive who embezzled $48 million gets 75-month sentence

Oct. 18, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former publication company executive was sentenced to more than six years in prison Monday in a $48 million embezzlement plot. A federal judge sentenced Nestor Charriez to 75 months and also ordered him to pay $43 million in restitution. ...

Judge agrees to delay in sentencing for Gaetz friend

Oct. 18, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday agreed to push back until next year the sentencing for U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz's friend who pleaded guilty earlier this year to sex trafficking and other charges. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said sentencing for Joel...

Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

Oct. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure's constitutionality plays out in the courts. The administration also took the unusual step of telling the justices they...

Victims express frustration with archdiocese bankruptcy case

Oct. 18, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been nearly three years since the Archdiocese of Santa Fe filed for bankruptcy, and letters sent to a federal judge reflect impatience with the pace of the proceedings. At least 16 letters have gone to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Thuma...

Feds: Ruling means lobstering to continue in planned closure

Oct. 18, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing regulators said Monday that lobster and crab fishermen can continue to fish until further notice in an area off the coast of Maine that had been slated for restriction from their gear. The new restrictions were intended to protect...