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Amazon claims social network Parler trying to conceal owners

Apr. 14, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has accused Parler, the social network known as a conservative alternative to Twitter, of trying to conceal its ownership amid a legal dispute between Amazon and Parler stemming from the U.S. Capitol riots. Angelo Calfo, an attorney representing...

French high court clears cardinal of abuse cover-up claims

Apr. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — France's highest court confirmed on Wednesday that the former archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, did not cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a predator priest. The ruling by the Court of Cassation closes a long, emotional drama that...

The Latest: European agency expects J&J recommendation soon

Apr. 14, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency is assessing the rare blood clots reported in the U.S. after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and a recommendation for European countries is expected soon. “EMA is expediting this evaluation and currently...

Biden begins to undo Trump's ban on abortion referrals

Apr. 14, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday began to undo a Trump-era ban on clinics referring women for abortions, a policy directive that drove Planned Parenthood from the federal family planning program and created new complications for women trying to get birth control. ...

Man sentenced to 5 years in prison for crash that killed 2

Apr. 14, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Cannon Ball man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two people on the Standing Rock Reservation. Matthew Wood, 37, pleaded guilty last December to two counts of involuntary...

California to shut 2nd prison as inmate population dwindles

Apr. 14, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A decade after prison crowding forced California to realign its criminal justice system, the population in what once was the nation's largest state correctional system has shrunk to the point where officials announced Tuesday they will close one of two inmate...

Guatemala's top court refuses to seat female justice

Apr. 13, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Congress refused to swear in a crusading female judge to the nation’s highest court Tuesday, a move the United States condemned. Gloria Porras won re-election for another five-year term on Guatemala’s Constitutional Court, but...

16 states back Alabama's challenge to Census privacy tool

Apr. 13, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen other states are backing Alabama's challenge to a statistical method the U.S. Census Bureau is using for the first time to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, the nation's once-a-decade head count that determines political power...

Man charged with making violent threats against US judge

Apr. 13, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A southern Illinois man is accused in U.S. District Court of threatening the life of a federal judge in Chicago, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. Joshua Farner, 35, of Marion is facing two counts of mailing threats and one count of threatening to...

Michigan police shocked by convicted murderer's release

Apr. 13, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man who was convicted of killing his first wife and whose second wife died under suspicious circumstances was granted an early release from prison after he argued that the risk of catching COVID-19 behind bars endangered his life. Federal...