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Cheney's defeat end of an era for GOP; Trump's party now

Aug. 17, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liz Cheney’s resounding primary defeat marks the end of an era for the Republican Party as well as her own family legacy, the most high-profile political casualty yet as the party of Lincoln transforms into the party of Trump. The fall of the three-term...

Pence tells GOP to stop lashing out at FBI over Trump search

Aug. 17, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday implored fellow Republicans to stop lashing out at the FBI over the search of Donald Trump’s Florida home and denounced calls by some of the former president's allies to defund the FBI, saying that was “just as wrong” as...

Trump supporters' threats to judge spur democracy concerns

Aug. 17, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of federal judges face the same task every day: review an affidavit submitted by federal agents and approve requests for a search warrant. But for U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the fallout from his decision to approve a search warrant has been far from routine. ...

Judge reinstates North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban

Aug. 17, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Abortions in North Carolina are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, eroding protections in one of the South’s few remaining safe havens for reproductive freedom. U.S. District Judge William Osteen reinstated an...

Kids-for-cash judges ordered to pay more than $200M

Aug. 17, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

Two former Pennsylvania judges who orchestrated a scheme to send children to for-profit jails in exchange for kickbacks were ordered to pay more than $200 million to hundreds of people they victimized in one of the worst judicial scandals in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge...

Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties $650M in opioids suit

Aug. 17, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in damages Wednesday to two Ohio counties that won a landmark lawsuit against national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, claiming the way they distributed opioids to customers caused severe harm to communities and...

Bombing at Kabul mosque kills 10, including prominent cleric

Aug. 17, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bombing at a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul during evening prayers on Wednesday killed at least 10 people, including a prominent cleric, and wounded at least 27, an eyewitness and police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack,...

Blasts in Crimea underscore Russian forces' vulnerability

Aug. 17, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A spate of explosions and fires has turned Russian-occupied Crimea from a secure rear base into a new battleground in the war, demonstrating both the Russians' vulnerability and the Ukrainians' capacity to strike deep behind enemy lines. Nine Russian warplanes...

How new Colorado River cuts will impact states, residents

Aug. 17, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona and Nevada residents won't face bans on watering their lawns or washing their cars despite more Colorado River water shortages. But U.S. officials announced Tuesday there will be less water available next year for them from the river that serves 40 million...

Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests 1st in 75 years in Louisiana

Aug. 17, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtles have hatched in Louisiana's wilds for the first known time in more than 75 years, officials said Wednesday. “Louisiana was largely written off as a nesting spot for sea turtles decades ago, but this...

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Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Aug. 17, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

Winston-Salem Journal. August 15, 2022. Editorial: Reynolds’ carbon neutrality When we think about Reynolds American Inc., the North Carolina-based tobacco giant, we don’t necessarily think about clean air. But maybe that’ll change one day....

Nigerian electricity union strike causes nationwide blackout

Aug. 17, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria" A company sat (AP) — Striking electricity workers shut down Nigeria's power grid Wednesday, plunging the West African nation's more than 200 million citizens into darkness for several hours, officials said. The nationwide blackout began in the afternoon moments...

Brad Pitt foundation reaches settlement over Louisiana homes

Aug. 17, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation and homeowners of the houses built by the program, in an area of New Orleans among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, have reached a $20.5 million settlement. The Times-Picayune ' The New Orleans Advocate reported Wednesday...

Judge: New Orleans police reforms at risk as manpower falls

Aug. 17, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dwindling manpower and insufficient resources amid a nationwide increase in violent crime are endangering hard-fought, court-ordered reforms imposed on the New Orleans Police Department amid scandals that followed Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge said Wednesday. ...

Palestinians: Teenager killed in clashes with Israeli troops

Aug. 17, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian teenager was killed and dozens were wounded during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medics said early Thursday. The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said Waseem Khalifa, 18, was killed and 35...

Oregon top judge denies conflict led to firing of commission

Aug. 17, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's chief justice denied Wednesday that a personality conflict led her to fire all members of a commission that governs the Office of Public Defense Services and appoints its executive director. Critics for years have said Oregon's public defense system is...

5 Great Danes attack, kill owner in northwest Iowa

Aug. 17, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

ROSSIE, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa woman who was found in a ditch died after being attacked by her five Great Danes, authorities said Wednesday. A man found the woman in a rural area of Clay County on Monday but couldn't get close to her because of several large dogs, according...

Probe opened into Denver police shooting that injured 6

Aug. 17, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver’s district attorney says she is opening a grand jury investigation into the actions of three police officers who wounded six bystanders while shooting at an armed suspect in a crowded downtown Denver nightlife zone last month. The officers had already been...

Trump supporters' threats to judge spur democracy concerns

Aug. 17, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of federal judges face the same task every day: review an affidavit submitted by federal agents and approve requests for a search warrant. But for U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the fallout from his decision to approve a search warrant has been far from routine. ...

2 ex-fraternity members get 6 weeks jail for hazing death

Aug. 17, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Two former fraternity members were sentenced to six weeks in jail on Wednesday after being convicted of hazing-related misdemeanor counts in the death of a Bowling Green State University student last year. The two men were both acquitted in May of more...