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New Mexico court affirms sentencing in 2011 triple killings

Aug. 02, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding the sentencing of a man who, as a teen, killed three members of a family with a large pickax. The high court announced in a news release Monday that it determined Nicholas Ortiz's constitutional rights were...

Advocates end settlement talks with US over asylum curbs

Aug. 02, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups said Monday that they were ending settlement talks with the Biden administration over their demand to lift a pandemic-related ban on families seeking asylum in the United States. The impasse...

With evictions resuming, tenants scramble for assistance

Aug. 02, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The eviction system, which saw a dramatic drop in cases before a federal moratorium expired over the weekend, rumbled back into action Monday, with activists girding for the first of what could be millions of affected tenants to be tossed onto the streets as the delta variant...

Pelosi, Black Caucus put pressure on Biden to halt evictions

Aug. 02, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday it's “unfathomable” that Americans will be ousted from their homes during the COVID-19 crisis, and backed by the Congressional Black Caucus intensified pressure on the Biden administration to immediately extend the nation's...

Italy's Draghi puts key justice reforms to confidence vote

Aug. 02, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A last-minute pledge by a former Italian premier that populist 5-Star Movement lawmakers would back a key justice reforms bill appeared to assure its passage during a crucial confidence vote set for Monday night. Italy’s current premier, Mario Draghi,...

Poland's PM wants accord with EU on law and judiciary

Aug. 02, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says he wants to reach “some kind of accord” with the European Union amid a standoff over the way Poland's government has sought to discipline judges and other judicial changes. His comments,...

New UN envoy to Bosnia faces angry opposition from Serbs

Aug. 02, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A German diplomat on Monday took office as the top international envoy to Bosnia, facing opposition from the country's Serbs, who have rejected both his appointment and a ban on genocide denial brought by his predecessor. Christian...

Supreme Court allows excessive force lawsuit to proceed

Aug. 02, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit to go forward alleging police officers used excessive force when arresting a Sioux Falls woman in 2016. Nichole Boggs sued in Second Circuit Court for injuries she suffered when two police...

Lawsuit over St. Louis mask rules sent back to state court

Aug. 02, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday ruled that state courts should handle a lawsuit to overturn St. Louis-area mask mandates. Judge Stephen Clark of the Eastern Missouri U.S. District Court sent the case back to state court, saying that the mask-mandate...

Israeli court's compromise would avoid Palestinian evictions

Aug. 02, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Monday floated a compromise that would prevent the evictions of dozens of Palestinians in the east Jerusalem of Sheikh Jarrah, where attempts by Jewish settlers to expel them from their homes helped spark an 11-day war between Israel and Gaza...