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Wisconsin leaders hopeful about Indigenous women strategy

Nov. 27, 2021 01:11 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Native American leaders and Wisconsin’s attorney general are hoping to see more resources and support to address missing and murdered Indigenous women under an executive order signed recently by President Joe Biden. Biden’s order directs U.S....

Justice Dept. to prioritize prosecuting violence on flights

Nov. 24, 2021 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland directed U.S. attorneys across the country to swiftly prioritize prosecution of federal crimes that happen on commercial flights as federal officials face a historic number of investigations into passenger behavior. ...

DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

Nov. 24, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. ...

US sues to halt sugar merger, says it would harm competition

Nov. 23, 2021 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to block a major U.S. sugar manufacturer from acquiring its rival, arguing that allowing the deal would harm competition and consumers. The suit was filed in federal court in Delaware. It comes...

Two community policing grants awarded in Vermont for hiring

Nov. 20, 2021 12:32 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has awarded two grants in Vermont to hire law enforcement and advance community policing. It's part of more than $139 million in grant funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services sent to 183 law...

New US attorney: Civil rights unit made for 'troubled times'

Nov. 19, 2021 22:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With Attorney General Merrick Garland looking on, Manhattan's new U.S. attorney said Friday he’s establishing a civil rights unit in his office’s criminal division to concentrate greater resources on problems worsening in “troubled times.” U.S....

White Missouri officer convicted in Black man’s 2019 death

Nov. 19, 2021 18:18 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge on Friday convicted a white Kansas City police officer of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of a Black man, in a case in which prosecutors said police planted evidence. Jackson County Judge Dale...

White Kansas City officer on trial in Black man's 2019 death

Nov. 19, 2021 16:34 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A trial began Monday for a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer accused of involuntary manslaughter in a 2019 shooting. Officer Eric J. DeValkenaere also is charged with armed criminal action in the death of Cameron Lamb, 26, who was parking a...

How to be a 5-star traveler this holiday season

Nov. 19, 2021 08:56 AM EST

If you skipped holiday travel last year (or haven’t traveled at all during the pandemic), your travel skills might be rusty. Plus, some travel etiquette has changed. Recent history indicates that this holiday travel season will be challenging, as evidenced by chaos seen...

Justice Dept. grant awards $139M to hire 1,000 new officers

Nov. 18, 2021 10:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said on Thursday it's giving $139 million to police departments across the U.S. as part of a grant program that would bring on more than 1,000 new officers. The grant funding comes through the Justice Department’s Office of...