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Israel to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The state-run Israel Institute for Biological Research announced Sunday that researchers will begin human testing on its coronavirus vaccine next week. The institute said clinical tests on an initial group of 80 people would begin Nov. 1. The testing is to expand to a second phase of 960...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, speaks about the legislative session with Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: La. session ends with petition debated for months

Oct. 25, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The direct strike at Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions didn't come through legislative action in the special session that Republican lawmakers called primarily to undermine the Democratic governor's rules. Instead, House Republicans started their legal...

Tennessee death row inmate's family awaits miracle DNA test

Oct. 25, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Payne believes his son is innocent of murder. He believes that for 33 years, his son has been wrongfully imprisoned, facing the death penalty. And he believes that God has allowed it, choosing this family like the biblical Queen Esther for God’s glory to be manifested....

Former police officer acquitted on sex assault allegations

Oct. 25, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A former northeastern Pennsylvania police officer accused of using his badge to sexually assault eight women while on duty has been acquitted on all counts. Robert Collins, 55, of Wright Township, had retired last year after a dozen years as a Wilkes-Barre officer. He was facing 36...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win a seat in the Delaware Senate, campaigns at the Claymont Boys & Girls Club in Claymont, Del. McBride, who has long-standing ties to Delaware’s best-known political family, says, “I am very aware of the stark contrast between the president we could have (Biden) and the president we now have. ... There has never been a moment in the fight for trans equality with such potential and at the same time such risk.” (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

For transgender activists, election stokes hopes and fears

Oct. 25, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election. They’re yearning for President Donald Trump’s defeat but dreading the possibility that his administration might win four more years and continue targeting them with hostile...

Lawsuit: Ex-clerk was punished after indictment of mayor

Oct. 25, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A former city clerk in Mississippi says in a lawsuit that she was unjustly fired and she wants her old job back. Jackie Benson was the Aberdeen city clerk for 16 years. She was fired in July by Mayor Maurice Howard shortly after he won a second term. Benson has filed a lawsuit...

Man gets 35-year sentence in fatal stabbing of ex-girlfriend

Oct. 25, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who fatally stabbed his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison. Bryan Cordero-Castro, 21, of Long Branch, had pleaded guilty last November to aggravated manslaughter in the death of Madison Wells. Two months later, he filed a...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the New Canaan, Conn., Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos. The former home of Dulos, the Connecticut mother of five who went missing in May 2019 after prosecutors say she was killed by her estranged husband, is going on the market for $1.75 million. The Hartford Courant reports the 10,000-square-foot house in Farmington, Conn., is being listed as part of the sell-off of the estate of Fotis Dulos. (New Canaan Police Department via AP, File)

Former home of Jennifer Dulos goes on the market for $1.75M

Oct. 24, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The former home of Jennifer Dulos, the Connecticut mother of five who prosecutors say was killed by her estranged husband last year, is going on the market for $1.75 million. The 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom house in Farmington, Connecticut is being listed as part of the...

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., speaks as Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, on the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Rep. Lesko faced legal, money problems during 1st marriage

Oct. 24, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko is blaming her ex-husband for a series of financial and legal entanglements in the 1980s and '90s. The Arizona Republican, who is one of President Donald Trump's most outspoken supporters in Congress, has a past that includes bankruptcies, lawsuits over unpaid bills...

Elko County jury convicts man in home invasion murder trial

Oct. 24, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Elko County jurors convicted a 26-year-old man of murder and other charges stemming from what prosecutors said was a home invasion that left one man dead. Jurors on Friday convicted Alan Honeyestewa of murder, attempted robbery with use of a firearm and home invasion with possession of a...