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Cohen turns to Congress in bid to shorten prison sentence

Oct. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's imprisoned former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is again turning to Congress as part of a renewed bid to reduce his prison sentence. Cohen's lawyers sent a letter to the Democratic heads of three congressional committees last month urging them to ask U.S. District Judge...

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11 p.m. Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of...

Fired Arizona Senate staffer gets $350,000 and her job back

Oct. 18, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona Democratic legislative staffer fired four years ago is entitled to more than $350,000 in damages and should get her job back after a jury found she was discriminated against based on race and sex, a federal judge ruled. Talonya Adams should be reinstated as a Senate policy...

CEOs, attorneys general trying to reach opioid settlement

Oct. 18, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

Chief executives of a handful of pharmaceutical and drug distribution companies were negotiating Friday with government attorneys to see if they can reach a settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the nation's opioid crisis. The federal judge who is overseeing more than 2,000 opioid-related lawsuits...

Supreme Court steps into case over consumer agency

Oct. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a yearslong, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The justices agreed Friday to review an appeals court decision that upheld the structure of the Consumer...

Supreme Court takes up case over quick deportations

Oct. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will review a lower court ruling in favor of a man seeking asylum and which the Trump administration says could further clog the U.S. immigration court system. The justices said Friday they will hear the administration's appeal of a ruling by the federal appeals court in...

Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized

Oct. 18, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a woman charged with kidnapping, firearm and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized, saying she suffers from mental illness. The decision Thursday orders up to four months of hospitalization for Jany Leveille, with plans to reevaluate later whether...

Suburban-style 'house' downtown makes sense for builders

Oct. 18, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the weeks after an August groundbreaking ceremony for a $136 million federal courthouse, an unusual building has slowly arisen in the heart of downtown Des Moines. The two-story white building with wood siding and a gable roof would fit in well in the suburbs but at this spot,...

Timeline of Catalan separatism that has rocked Spain

Oct. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Large demonstrations to protest this week's conviction of 12 leaders of Catalonia's swelling separatist movement turned violent at times. The 12 were at the forefront of a secession attempt in 2017 that led to the biggest political crisis in Spain's modern history. Polls show that...