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Judge mulls rules for lawmaker special grand jury questions

Jul. 01, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge is considering what guidelines to place on questions that can be asked of Georgia state lawmakers called before a special grand jury in an investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in the state. ...

Delaware auditor dodges felony charges, guilty of misconduct

Jul. 01, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The jury in the corruption trial of Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness acquitted her on Friday of felony charges of theft and witness intimidation but found her guilty on three misdemeanor counts. Jurors deliberated for about four hours over two days before...

Mississippi judge sets hearing on challenge to abortion law

Jul. 01, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has set a Tuesday hearing in a lawsuit by state’s only abortion clinic, which seeks to block a law that would ban most abortions. A temporary restraining order would allow the clinic to remain open, at least while the lawsuit is pending. ...

Kansas wrongful conviction lawsuit reaches $12.5M settlement

Jul. 01, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A local government in Kansas has agreed to pay $12.5 million to a man and his mother after he spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, approved the settlement...

Woman gets probation in attack on Spanish-speaking women

Jul. 01, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman charged with attacking a mother and daughter for speaking Spanish in 2020 has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery. Stephanie Armstrong was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation following a two-day, non-jury trial in Boston...

Dutch central bank chief apologizes for links to slavery

Jul. 01, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch central bank chief apologized Friday for the institution's involvement in the 19th-century slave trade, the latest expression of contrition in the Netherlands linked to the country's historic role in the trade in enslaved people. The apology came at an...

Xi defends vision of Hong Kong on 25th anniversary of return

Jul. 01, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s leader Xi Jinping marked the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return with a speech Friday that emphasized Beijing’s control over the former British colony under its vision of “one country, two systems” – countering criticism that the political and civic...

Agency clears way for Oakland Athletics $12B ballpark plan

Jun. 30, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California agency on Thursday cleared the way for the Oakland Athletics to continue planning a $12 billion waterfront ballpark project. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission voted 23-2 to reclassify a 56-acre terminal at the Port of...

Appeals court won't block new health facilities for jail

Jun. 30, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order that the city of New Orleans build new facilities for people jailed with mental health and medical needs. Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration had appealed U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's order. And the new...

Justice Department to investigate NYPD sex crimes unit

Jun. 30, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has launched a sweeping inquiry into the New York Police Department's famed sex crimes investigators following years of complaints about the way they treat crime victims. The civil rights investigation, announced Thursday and spurred by a...