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Judge's order leaves many visa lottery winners out of luck

Sep. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to save more than 9,000 U.S. slots for visa lottery winners affected by the government’s freeze on green cards earlier this year. But tens of thousands of other visa lottery winners will be out of luck. U.S. District...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. A federal judge has blasted Gardner's legal claims she was the victim of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office in tossing out her federal civil rights lawsuit. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Judge drops suit alleging racist efforts to oust prosecutor

Sep. 30, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday tossed out a federal rights lawsuit filed by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and blasted her claims that she was the victim of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her from office. Gardner, the city’s elected prosecutor, claimed in the suit that...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis. Indiana election officials are bracing for perhaps 10 times more mail-in ballots for this fall's election than four years ago. The secretary of state office's projection of 1.3 million to 1.8 million mailed ballots means more than half of Indiana's voters might choose that option rather than heading to polling sites for the Nov. 3 election amid coronavirus exposure worries (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Judge tells Indiana to count ballots mailed by Election Day

Sep. 30, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Indiana law cannot dismiss mail-in ballots that don't arrive at county election offices by noon on Election Day. The decision issued late Tuesday orders state election officials to count mail-in ballots if they are postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and...

Court upholds decision to prevent Wyoming coal merger

Sep. 30, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal court said it would uphold a Federal Trade Commission decision to block a proposed merger between two leading Wyoming coal companies. The FTC had said a merger between Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Resources Inc. would have created a monopoly that could have resulted in...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for the state's primary election, in downtown Milwaukee. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, a federal appeals court upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin. Absentee ballots are typically due at local clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. on Election Day. The case is likely to be appealed by Republicans to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

GOP loses bid to suspend Wisconsin absentee ballot ruling

Sep. 30, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined a request by Republicans to suspend a ruling that will allow absentee ballots to be counted for six days after the election in the presidential battleground state. The Republican National Committee, state Republican Party and...

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at Rome's international airport in Fiumicino, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Pell took a leave of absence from his job in 2017 to stand trial in his native Australia on historic child sexual abuse charges, for which he was ultimately acquitted. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cardinal Pell returns to Vatican mired in financial scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on Wednesday to find a Holy See mired in the type of corruption scandal he worked to expose and clean up. The 79-year-old Pell arrived at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport...

Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome after acquittal on sex abuse charges to find Vatican mired in financial scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 8:15 AM EDT
ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome after acquittal on sex abuse charges to find Vatican mired in financial scandal.
Jai Bhagwan Goyal, a leader of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and an accused in the 1992 attack and demolition of a 16th century mosque, celebrates outside a court in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 accused, including senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, in the case. The demolition sparked Hindu-Muslim violence that left some 2,000 people dead. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

32 acquitted in razing of India mosque that set off violence

Sep. 30, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 people accused of crimes in a 1992 attack and demolition of a 16th century mosque that sparked Hindu-Muslim violence leaving some 2,000 people dead. Four senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, were...

Indian court acquits all 32 accused in 1992 demolition of a 16th century mosque that sparked Hindu-Muslim violence

Sep. 30, 2020 3:23 AM EDT
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian court acquits all 32 accused in 1992 demolition of a 16th century mosque that sparked Hindu-Muslim violence.
FILE - This April 19, 2010 file photo shows U.S. District Judge William Conley at the U.S. Courthouse in Madison, Wis. A federal appeals court on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin's presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump in the key presidential battleground state. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled Sept. 21 that ballots that arrive up to six days after Election Day will count as long as they're postmarked by Election Day. Sunday’s action puts Conley’s order on hold until the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals or U.S. Supreme Court issues any further action. (Mike DeVries/The Capital Times via AP, File)

Court upholds Wisconsin ballot extension, hands Dems a win

Sep. 29, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, handing Democrats a victory in their fight to deliver the key battleground state for Joe Biden in November. The decision, if it stands, means that...