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Canadian man gets 26 years for role in suicide attack

Jun. 18, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Canadian man to 26 years in U.S. prison for supporting a group of jihadists who committed a 2009 suicide attack that killed five American soldiers in Iraq. The sentence came over the objections of several family members of the soldiers, who appeared in...

Federal jury indicts Delaware man on 'swatting' hoaxes

Jun. 18, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Delaware man accused of making hoax emergency calls to locations across the country, causing police and SWAT teams to respond. An indictment handed down May 16 against 29-year-old Rodney Allen Phipps of Georgetown was unsealed Monday. Prosecutors...

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Jun. 18, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by telephone. Afterward, he...

Collins casts 7,000th straight vote as reelection race looms

Jun. 18, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday took her 7,000th consecutive vote as a member of the U.S. Senate, extending a streak she has carefully maintained during more than two decades in the Senate. The 66-year-old Collins is gearing up for a reelection race in 2020 that is expected...

Trump says US will begin deporting millions

Jun. 18, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to deport millions of people living in the United States illegally, heralding a plan that could help energize his supporters just ahead of formally announcing his reelection bid . The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week will "begin the...

Brazil court accepts Odebrecht bankruptcy protection filing

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian court says it has accepted a petition from construction giant Odebrecht to undergo bankruptcy protection while it restructures its debts. The Sao Paulo state 1st Court of Bankruptcy and Judicial Recovery said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday that a plan for...

Retired Oklahoma judge to mediate opioid settlement funds

Jun. 18, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma State Supreme Court justice will attempt to resolve a dispute over how to disburse an $85 million settlement of a state lawsuit with Teva Pharmaceuticals. Cleveland Count District Judge Thad Balkman said Monday that retired Judge Steven Taylor will serve as special...

Masked gunman killed in shootout at Dallas courthouse

Jun. 17, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An Army veteran wearing a mask and carrying more than 150 rounds of ammunition for his high-powered rifle was shot dead Monday after he opened fire outside a busy federal courthouse in downtown Dallas, authorities said. Federal officers killed 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde of Fort Worth...

North Carolina GOP pushes back on redistricting allegations

Jun. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for North Carolina Republican lawmakers pushed back hard in state court on Monday over accusations the legislators misled federal judges in an earlier redistricting lawsuit. Republican legislative leaders filed a response to a motion from attorneys for Common Cause, the state...

'Greening of America' author Charles Reich dead at 91

Jun. 17, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Reich, the author and Ivy League academic whose "The Greening of America" blessed the counterculture of the 1960s and became a million-selling manifesto for a new and euphoric way of life, has died. Reich's nephew Daniel Reich said he died Saturday after being briefly hospitalized....