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FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, a health care worker prepares to collect a sample to test for COVID-19 at a drive-thru testing site in Miami. Thieves steal surgical masks. A clinic sells fake COVID-19 tests. Hate groups encourage sick members to infect law enforcement officers. Imposters pose as public health officials. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe so too do the crimes related to it. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Coronavirus-related crimes capitalize on global fear, panic

Mar. 24, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thieves steal surgical masks. A clinic sells fake COVID-19 tests. Hate groups encourage sick members to infect law enforcement officers. Imposters pose as public health officials. Con artists peddle fake cures and financial scams. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so too do the crimes...

Construction workers looks at the rubble from a building after an earthquake Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City.  A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has shaken the city and many of its suburbs. The quake sent panicked residents running to the streets, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and closed the city's airport and its light rail system.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Earthquake rattles millions on edge amid coronavirus threat

Mar. 19, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With much of normal life at a screeching halt to combat the coronavirus, millions of people in Utah are hunkered down in the safety of their homes. But on Wednesday morning, even that protection felt fragile as an earthquake strong enough to shut down the airport tore through the Salt...

Attorneys say North Dakota needs to open up on clergy abuse

Mar. 4, 2020 5:15 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three attorneys who conducted an investigation into clergy sex abuse said Wednesday the North Dakota Legislature should open up the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits and demanded that the state's two Roman Catholic dioceses release more files on accused priests. The Fargo and...

Washington Legislature ease penalties for HIV exposure

Mar. 3, 2020 10:14 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature on Tuesday approved a bill that reduces the crime of intentionally exposing a sexual partner to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. Supporters of the change to the rarely used law say the current penalties don’t have an effect on reducing...

In this Jan. 27, 2020 photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obama health care law

Mar. 2, 2020 3:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, a case that will keep health care squarely in front of voters even though a decision won't come until after the 2020 election. The court said it would hear an appeal by 20 mainly Democratic...

Editorial Roundup: US

Feb. 26, 2020 7:11 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 26 The Minnesota Star Tribune on the coronavirus: As fears mount over coronavirus, perspective is in order. If you’re reading this editorial, chances are you’ve already survived a pandemic, the term for when an epidemic goes...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Las Vegas. A U.S. appeals court has upheld the Trump administration's rules imposing more hurdles for women seeking abortions. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Monday, Feb. 24 overturns decisions that had been issued by judges in Washington, Oregon and California. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

US appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

Feb. 24, 2020 5:37 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a victory for the Trump administration, a U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld rules that bar taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions. The 7-4 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned decisions issued by judges in Washington, Oregon and...

From Left, Geraldine Dubourt, Francis Hart, Marie Ogitchida, Mikayla Maxwell and Michelle Dauphinais Echols stand on the steps of the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre, S.D. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Lawmakers killed a bill that would have given survivors of childhood sexual abuse a two-year window to sue organizations in which abuse occurred. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

S. Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse

Feb. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Louise Aamot Charbonneau couldn't make her annual trip to the South Dakota Legislature this year to confront lawmakers with her story of surviving childhood rape and abuse at the hands of priests and nuns at a boarding school for Native Americans during the 1950s and 1960s. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, Lamonte McIntyre, convicted of a 1994 double homicide in Kansas City, Kan., sits before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Topika Kan. McIntyre, who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit was granted more than $1.5 million in compensation under the state's mistaken-conviction statute. The Kansas attorney general's office said Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, that McIntyre of Kansas City, Kan., also received a certificate of innocence as part of a resolution of a mistaken-conviction lawsuit filed last year. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Court awards $1.5M to Kansas man wrongfully convicted

Feb. 24, 2020 5:16 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man awarded more than $1.5 million on Monday after spending 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit plans to continue his fight against those responsible for his nightmare, his attorney said. In addition to the monetary compensation, Lamonte McIntyre of Kansas...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse during his rape trial, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Weinstein jurors focus on Sciorra as deliberations drag on

Feb. 20, 2020 9:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Deliberating for a third day, the jury at Harvey Weinstein's trial continued Thursday to focus a lot of attention on actress Annabella Sciorra’s linchpin allegations that the once-heralded Hollywood mogul raped and sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s. Jurors, before being...