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Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh, center, and her attorney Steven Silverman, right, arrive for a sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Pugh pleaded guilty in 2019 to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in book scheme

Feb. 27, 2020 1:02 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for arranging fraudulent sales of her self-published children’s books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for the city’s highest office....

Court sides with family of man shot by police in Kansas

Feb. 27, 2020 12:49 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that jurors should be allowed to decide whether a white police officer in Kansas used excessive force nearly eight years ago when he fatally shot a black man as he was lying face down in a parking lot. The U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit in Denver...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston. Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli said Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 that new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters' way into the University of Southern California.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

Feb. 27, 2020 12:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California, a federal judge said Thursday. The judge set the trial date a day after defense...

Judge nixes Ohio license policies called discriminatory

Feb. 27, 2020 12:04 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two state policies that stopped some refugees and children of immigrants from getting driver's licenses in Ohio have been struck down by a federal judge. The separate rulings will affect an estimated 4,000 people in Ohio, most of them teenagers who are U.S. citizens and were blocked...

Feds move to block opening of US supervised injection site

Feb. 27, 2020 11:06 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A local federal prosecutor has moved to block plans to open what could be the nation's first medically supervised injection site in Philadelphia. U.S. Attorney William McSwain has filed a court notice that he will appeal a judge's ruling this week that found the plan legal. McSwain has...

Salvadoran congress passes war crimes sentence reduction law

Feb. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EST

El Salvador's congress has passed a law allowing judges to reduce sentences for crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war, drawing criticism from the president and rights activists. President Nayib Bukele vowed to veto the law, saying it did not contain the key elements of “truth, justice...

German court upholds restrictions on law clerk's headscarf

Feb. 27, 2020 4:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that a Muslim law clerk can be prevented from wearing a headscarf during court proceedings. In its ruling, the Federal Constitutional Court said the judiciary's obligation to complete neutrality outweighed her freedom of religion rights, the dpa news...

Court: Migrant child with head injury can see neurologist

Feb. 26, 2020 9:00 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a 5-year-old Guatemalan child in U.S. custody must be allowed to be seen by a pediatric neurologist for a head injury he suffered before his family was arrested. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Adam Belz-Thomas, left, and husband Kyle Belz-Thomas, of Romeo, Mich., speak to reporters outside U.S. District Court in Detroit, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. They were among the victims of Tara Lee, a suburban Detroit woman who was sentenced to 121 months in prison for committing fraud in arranging adoptions. (AP Photo/Ed White)

Michigan adoption fraudster sentenced to 10 years in prison

Feb. 26, 2020 7:52 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan woman who ripped off dozens of couples seeking to adopt children while spending their money on luxury handbags, jewelry and household upgrades was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison, although a judge said a life term would be more appropriate....

FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, a mechanized shovel loads a haul truck that can carry up to 250 tons of coal at the Spring Creek coal mine near Decker, Mont. The Trump administration says the resumption of coal sales from public lands will result in a negligible increase in greenhouse gas emissions, but critics say that ignores the federal coal programs broader impacts. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

US says resuming coal sales has little impact; critics balk

Feb. 26, 2020 7:34 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday a resumption of coal sales from public lands that had been blocked under former President Barack Obama will result in a negligible increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Critics accused the administration of producing a flawed analysis of the...