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Israel to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The state-run Israel Institute for Biological Research announced Sunday that researchers will begin human testing on its coronavirus vaccine next week. The institute said clinical tests on an initial group of 80 people would begin Nov. 1. The testing is to expand to a second phase of 960...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win a seat in the Delaware Senate, campaigns at the Claymont Boys & Girls Club in Claymont, Del. McBride, who has long-standing ties to Delaware’s best-known political family, says, “I am very aware of the stark contrast between the president we could have (Biden) and the president we now have. ... There has never been a moment in the fight for trans equality with such potential and at the same time such risk.” (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

For transgender activists, election stokes hopes and fears

Oct. 25, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election. They’re yearning for President Donald Trump’s defeat but dreading the possibility that his administration might win four more years and continue targeting them with hostile...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the New Canaan, Conn., Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos. The former home of Dulos, the Connecticut mother of five who went missing in May 2019 after prosecutors say she was killed by her estranged husband, is going on the market for $1.75 million. The Hartford Courant reports the 10,000-square-foot house in Farmington, Conn., is being listed as part of the sell-off of the estate of Fotis Dulos. (New Canaan Police Department via AP, File)

Former home of Jennifer Dulos goes on the market for $1.75M

Oct. 24, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The former home of Jennifer Dulos, the Connecticut mother of five who prosecutors say was killed by her estranged husband last year, is going on the market for $1.75 million. The 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom house in Farmington, Connecticut is being listed as part of the...

A confederate flag hangs from a porch on a property in Munith, Mich., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, where law enforcement officials said suspects accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met to train and make plans. Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison, who officials said lived at the Munith property, have been charged in the plot. A federal judge said Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, prosecutors have enough evidence to move toward trial for five Michigan men accused of plotting to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Nicole Hester/Ann Arbor News via AP)

'All talk, no action' defense likely in Michigan kidnap case

Oct. 24, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — When members of a Michigan paramilitary group were accused a decade ago of scheming to overthrow the U.S. government, their defense was based largely on one claim: We were all talk, no action. It worked so well that a federal judge took the rare step of dismissing most charges...

File this Thursday March 21, 2020 file photo shows Virginia State Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, gestures during a news conference in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Morrissey, sponsored legislation that was approved by the General Assembly last week that will turn over sentencing of criminal defendants to judges instead of juries, beginning in July 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

After 200 years, Virginia to let judges decide sentences

Oct. 24, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Defense attorneys call it “the jury penalty.” It’s a centuries-old sentencing system in Virginia that calls for juries to decide punishment for criminal defendants, and often leads to stiffer sentences than what judges give or prosecutors offer in plea deals. ...

This May 11, 2018 photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Scott Peterson. Northern California prosecutors said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 they will again seek the death penalty for Peterson in the slaying of his pregnant wife and unborn son nearly 19 years ago, even as a county judge considers throwing out his underlying conviction because of a tainted juror. Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager acted after the California Supreme Court in August overturned Peterson's 2005 death sentence in a case that attracted worldwide attention. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

California prosecutors again seek death for Scott Peterson

Oct. 24, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors said Friday they again will seek the death penalty for Scott Peterson even as a county judge considers throwing out his conviction for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, because of juror misconduct during a 2005 trial that riveted the nation. ...

Today in History

Oct. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 24, the 298th day of 2020. There are 68 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 24, 1972, Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who’d broken Major League Baseball’s modern-era color barrier in 1947, died in Stamford, Connecticut, at...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020 file photo election workers process mail-in ballots during a nearly all-mail primary election in Las Vegas. The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans want a state judge to stop the counting of Las Vegas-area mail-in ballots, alleging that

Trump campaign sues in Nevada to stop Vegas-area vote count

Oct. 23, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans asked a state judge on Friday to stop the count of Las Vegas-area mail-in ballots, alleging that “meaningful observation” of signature-checking is impossible in the state’s biggest and most Democratic-leaning county. A lawsuit...

Appeals court stays Wisconsin limits on gatherings

Oct. 23, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ restrictions on indoor public gatherings pending appeal, dealing the Democratic governor a setback in his efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The ruling from the 3rd District Court of Appeals...

FILE- In this March 14, 2013 file photo, New York Observer editor Ken Kurson, right, publisher Jared Kushner, center, and CEO Joseph Meyer, attend The New York Observer's 25th anniversary party at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, federal prosecutors in New York City accused Kurson of sending threatening messages to several people in a pattern of harassment amid his divorce proceedings in 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Kushner friend charged with cyberstalking during divorce

Oct. 23, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A friend of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who was once offered a low-level position in the administration has been charged with cyberstalking during a heated divorce. Federal prosecutors in New York City accused Ken Kurson on Friday of sending threatening messages...