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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A look at Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s notable opinions, votes

Sep. 27, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has been on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017. Her short tenure as a judge has led to few noteworthy or controversial opinions. She has, however, signed onto several decisions that are sure to be questioned in a...

SC councilman arrested, accused of child molestation

Sep. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county councilman is in custody, accused of molesting a child, state authorities said. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Friday arrested Bamberg County Council Chairman Kerry Trent Kinard on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor,...

Indiana man faces charges in fatal shooting, sexual assault

Sep. 26, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A 37-year-old man faces charges in the fatal shooting of one woman and wounding of another in northern Indiana. Kalekeni Lindeire of Mishawaka was expected to be arraigned Monday on murder and attempted murder charges, the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office said Saturday....

4 crime victim groups to split $2M seized from gambling

Sep. 26, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Four organizations that help victims of crime are splitting $2 million seized from an illegal gambling operation. WTOC-TV reports Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap was recently notified that her office could distribute the money. The Rape Crisis Center, Coastal...

Mississippi prison system announces 2 more deaths of inmates

Sep. 25, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections on Friday announced the deaths of two inmates, saying that one of them will be buried at a prison because the department could not find his relatives. Charles William Morris, 72, died Sept. 14 at the Merit Health Central hospital in Jackson....

FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell, of New Hampshire. Cantwell went on trial Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, on federal charges of threatening to rape the wife of a person with whom he was having a dispute.  (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Jury gets case of white supremacist accused of rape threat

Sep. 25, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — A federal jury began deliberating Friday in the case of a self-proclaimed white nationalist accused of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing him. Christopher Cantwell, a New Hampshire resident and radio host who became known after...

Ex-worker for Child Protection Services charged with abuse

Sep. 25, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former employee of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has been charged with the sexual abuse of young people under her care while she was working for the agency. The Tishomingo County Sheriff's Department said in a news release Friday that Lauren Rose Cavness, 26,...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reacts to applause as she is introduced by William Treanor, Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Law Center, at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington. On Friday, Sept. 24, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming Ginsburg wanted to lower the age of consent for sex to 12 years old. This bogus claim first emerged during Ginsburg’s 1993 confirmation hearings when official testimony misinterpreted a recommendation by Ginsburg in a 1977 report published by the United States Commission on Civil Rights. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen last week

Sep. 25, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not advocate lowering the age of consent CLAIM: The...

Ex-student gets at least 20 years on sexual assault charges

Sep. 25, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An expelled Marshall University student was sentenced to at least 20 years of prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting another student. Joseph Chase Hardin, 23, was sentenced Friday to no less than 10 years but no more then 25 years for each count, meaning he will serve...

School, teen agree to end lawsuit over sexual assault note

Sep. 25, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cape Elizabeth School Department has agreed to remove any record of discipline against a student who posted a note about sexual assault in a bathroom last year, ending an almost yearlong lawsuit. Aela Mansmann, 16, sued the district when her high school suspended her for posting...