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Justice Department urges Texas to halt new migrant order

Jul. 29, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's newest immigration measure, allowing state troopers to pull over vehicles carrying migrants on the basis that they could increase the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., brought swift backlash Thursday from the Justice Department as...

Kansas City Black clergy group calls for US probe of police

Jul. 29, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A group of mostly Black pastors has joined other civil rights organizations in Kansas City who are seeking a federal investigation into officer misconduct in the city's police department. Getting to the Heart of the Matter has asked the Department of...

Georgia asks judge to toss DOJ lawsuit targeting voting law

Jul. 28, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is asking a judge to toss out a Department of Justice lawsuit challenging the state's sweeping new election law. In a motion to dismiss filed Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta, lawyers for the state called the lawsuit “a politicized...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 28, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

Brunswick News. July 22, 2021. Editorial: Opponents to state’s voting legislation are misguided U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., thinks politicians in Washington know better than the states how to safeguard their elections. In fact, the chairwoman...

Ex-airman sentenced to 45 months for leaking drone info

Jul. 27, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Air Force intelligence analyst who once helped find targets for deadly U.S. drone strikes was sentenced to 45 months in prison for leaking top-secret details about the program. Daniel Hale, 33, told a federal judge he felt compelled to...

8 US attorney picks by Biden would include historic firsts

Jul. 26, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating eight new leaders for U.S. attorney positions across the country, including in the office overseeing the prosecutions of hundreds of defendants charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. ...

Garland vows crackdown on gun trafficking as violence surges

Jul. 22, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed Thursday that the Justice Department would crack down on gun trafficking corridors as part of a comprehensive approach to combat surging gun violence that also includes funding community intervention programs and other neighborhood...

California synagogue shooting suspect pleads guilty

Jul. 20, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 22-year-old former nursing student pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover. John T. Earnest avoided the death penalty with his plea in San...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jul. 20, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

Terre Haute Tribune-Star. July 16, 2021. Editorial: Timely moratorium for federal death penalty Terre Haute became the stage for a misuse of the federal death penalty, a punishment long reserved as a last resort in America’s justice system. ...

Garland bars prosecutors from seizing reporters' records

Jul. 19, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions, reversing years of department policy. The new policy largely codifies the...