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Mississippi officials defend 'heartbeat' abortion law

Apr. 18, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The office of Mississippi's Democratic attorney general filed papers this week defending a law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. It's one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed...

Suburban Detroit doctor gets 11-plus years in opioid scheme

Apr. 18, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit doctor who admitted running an $18 million prescription drug scheme has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered Dr. Zongli Chang to pay a $1 million fine and forfeit $3 million. The Livonia man had pleaded guilty to...

Sudan arrests al-Bashir's brothers, new calls for protests

Apr. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Protesters in Sudan called Thursday for new street demonstrations to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the transition of power to a civilian government as the new rulers announced the arrests of former president Omar al-Bashir's two brothers on corruption charges....

US reps hold hearing on voting rights in North Carolina

Apr. 18, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

WELDON, N.C. (AP) — Members of Congress want to hear about barriers to the ballot in North Carolina before Democrats in Washington propose changes later this year. A U.S. House subcommittee conducts a field hearing on Thursday in the Halifax County town of Weldon. U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield of North...

State's high court won't reconsider baby death case appeal

Apr. 18, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Supreme Court has declined to reconsider an appeal by a former high school cheerleader charged with killing and burying her newborn baby. The court declined in February to hear Brooke Skylar Richardson's appeal after a lower court ruled doctors can testify in the Warren County...

Man accused of plotting IS-inspired attack due back in court

Apr. 18, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man accused of planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex near Washington is due back in court later this month for his arraignment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo is scheduled to preside over the April 29 arraignment for...

Public defender, 2 private lawyers bid for Washoe bench

Apr. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state's Judicial Selection Commission has recommended three lawyers as candidates to fill a family court judge vacancy in Washoe County, including a county public defender. Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Gibbons announced Wednesday the nominees are 41-year-old Jennifer Rains...

Alabama committee advances bill to outlaw abortion

Apr. 17, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday advanced one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation, a measure that would make performing an abortion a felony with almost no exceptions. The House Health Committee voted to send the bill to the House of Representatives floor. The...

Vegas Sands report suggests settlement amount in Macau case

Apr. 17, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Financial documents suggested Wednesday that Las Vegas Sands Corp. paid $96 million to settle a 15-year breach-of-contract dispute with a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S. company open its first casino in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau. The amount was listed as a...

Ex-Black Panther gets new hearing in 1981 police death

Apr. 17, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Black Panther and death row activist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer decades ago will get a new appeals hearing after the city prosecutor on Wednesday dropped his opposition to it. Mumia Abu-Jamal, 64, is serving a life sentence after spending decades on...