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Judge's order dismissing Trump classified docs case won't be final word as long court fight awaits

Jul. 17, 2024 10:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge's stunning decision to dismiss the classified documents case against Donald Trump brought an abrupt halt to what experts have considered the strongest and most straightforward of the prosecutions of the former president. But it's hardly the final word. ...

Appeals court voids Marine's adoption of Afghan orphan; child's fate remains in limbo

Jul. 16, 2024 20:55 PM EDT

A Virginia appellate court ruled Tuesday that a U.S. Marine should never have been granted an adoption of an Afghan war orphan and voided the custody order he’s relied on to raise the girl for nearly three years. The decision marked a major turning point in a bitter custody battle that has...

Federal judge dismisses Trump classified documents case over concerns with prosecutor's appointment

Jul. 15, 2024 21:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Florida dismissed the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump on Monday, siding with defense lawyers who said the special counsel who filed the charges was illegally appointed by the Justice Department. Hours later,...

Georgia sheriff laments scrapped jail plans in county under federal civil rights investigation

Jul. 12, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The sheriff in a Georgia county where prison conditions have led to a federal civil rights investigation criticized a decision not to move forward with plans for a new jail, calling the vote “shortsighted" on Friday. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners on...

Congress OKs bill overhauling oversight of troubled federal Bureau of Prisons

Jul. 10, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul oversight and bring greater transparency to the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons following reporting from The Associated Press that exposed systemic corruption in the federal prison system and increased congressional scrutiny. ...

Here's what to know about Boeing agreeing to plead guilty to fraud in 737 Max crashes

Jul. 09, 2024 08:05 AM EDT

Boeing will have a felony conviction if it follows through on an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to fraud in connection with approval of its 737 Max before two of the planes crashed, killing 346 people off the coast of Indonesia and in Ethiopia. The American aerospace...

Who is Kash Patel? Trump loyalist looks to build influence and power

Jul. 08, 2024 21:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kash Patel, a national security aide and player in Donald Trump’s political orbit, is widely expected to take on an influential role in the federal government should the former president win a second term. A swaggering campaign surrogate who mythologizes the...

Justice Department files statement of interest in Alabama prison lawsuit

Jul. 08, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice, which sued Alabama over prison conditions, filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit by prisoners who said they are subjected to unconstitutional levels of violence and excessive force. The Justice Department officials filed...

Boeing accepts a plea deal to avoid a criminal trial over 737 Max crashes, Justice Department says

Jul. 08, 2024 14:15 PM EDT

Boeing will plead guilty to a criminal fraud charge stemming from two crashes of 737 Max jetliners that killed 346 people, the Justice Department said late Sunday, after the government determined the company violated an agreement that had protected it from prosecution for more than three years. ...

Key events in the troubled history of the Boeing 737 Max

Jul. 08, 2024 09:17 AM EDT

Boeing’s 737 Max is a more fuel-efficient version of the American aerospace company’s popular 737, the best-selling airliner ever. Airlines have flown Max jets for just seven years, but in that short time two of them crashed, killing 346 people, and the plane has become a symbol of safety...