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Russia probe memo wrongly withheld under Barr, court rules

Aug. 19, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

The Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr improperly withheld portions of an internal memo Barr cited in announcing that then-President Donald Trump had not obstructed justice in the Russia investigation, a federal appeals panel said Friday. The department had argued...

Judge: Prosecutors cannot enforce Michigan's abortion ban

Aug. 19, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge on Friday blocked county prosecutors from enforcing the state’s 1931 ban on abortion for the foreseeable future, after two days of witness testimony from abortion experts, providers and the state’s chief medical officer. The ruling follows...

Islamic State 'Beatle' gets life term for US hostage deaths

Aug. 19, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — El Shafee Elsheikh, who was formally sentenced to life in prison Friday for a leading role in the beheading deaths of American hostages, had a somewhat whimsical nickname as a so-called “Beatle” that belied the viciousness of his conduct. In fact, he is...

Witness about R. Kelly: I didn't want to 'carry his lies'

Aug. 19, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who says she was sexually abused hundreds of times by R. Kelly as a minor testified Friday that she agonized several years ago about whether to cooperate with federal investigators who were looking into child abuse allegations involving the singer, but she ultimately did...

Far-right wins in blue states threaten GOP hopes in November

Aug. 20, 2022 00:39 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republicans have found success in Democratic strongholds like Maryland and Massachusetts when they have fielded moderate candidates who could appeal to voters in both parties. With Democrats facing headwinds this year, Republicans had hoped that strategy could pay off yet...

Russia, Ukraine spar over fighting near nuclear facility

Aug. 19, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A fire at a munitions depot inside Russia forced the evacuation of two villages near the border with Ukraine, an official said Friday, while two civilians were reported wounded by Russian shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as both sides traded accusations...

On Chile rivers, Native spirituality and development clash

Aug. 20, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

MELIPEUCO, Chile (AP) — Mist suddenly arose from the Truful Truful River as it flowed below the snow-covered Llaima volcano, and Victor Curin smiled at the sun-dappled water spray. A leader in one of the Indigenous communities by the river’s shores in the Chilean Andes, Curin...

Graham effort to delay testimony in election probe rejected

Aug. 19, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said Sen. Lindsey Graham's appearance before a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia should not be delayed to allow him to challenge it in court. ...

Mexico arrests ex-attorney general in missing students case

Aug. 19, 2022 23:35 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday they have arrested the attorney general in Mexico's previous administration on charges he committed abuses in the investigation of the 2014 disappearances of 43 students from a radical teacher college. Prosecutors also announced...

Skepticism and hope as USA Gymnastics enters post-Nassar era

Aug. 19, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The blue and red flames of the new logo USA Gymnastics unveiled this week are designed to symbolize rebirth. They might as well double as a metaphor for the self-inflicted damage the organization has endured for the better part of a decade. The Larry Nassar...

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Hader melts down in 9th, gives Nationals 6-3 win over Padres

Aug. 20, 2022 01:46 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Victor Robles scored the go-ahead run on Josh Hader's wild three-base throwing error and rookie Alex Call followed with his first career home run, a two-run shot, as the Washington Nationals stunned the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Friday night. It was the second...

On Chile rivers, Native spirituality and development clash

Aug. 20, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

MELIPEUCO, Chile (AP) — Mist suddenly arose from the Truful Truful River as it flowed below the snow-covered Llaima volcano, and Victor Curin smiled at the sun-dappled water spray. A leader in one of the Indigenous communities by the river’s shores in the Chilean Andes, Curin...

In deeply Mormon Utah, a push to require clergy report abuse

Aug. 20, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Survivors and faith leaders rallied Friday at the Utah State Capitol to demand change to a state law that exempts religious leaders from requirements that they report child sexual abuse brought to their attention in spiritual confessions. “If we as a people,...

Louisiana natives serve true Cajun cuisine at Alabama biz

Aug. 20, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Two Terrebonne Parish natives are serving real Cajun cuisine to hungry Alabama diners. Aaron Coombs and Kendrick Boudreaux work their culinary magic at Hank’s Sports Bar and Rumors Deli in Cullman, Alabama, a “cheese wedge” shaped building as Coombs...

Bamboo is Louisiana jewelry maker’s go-to material

Aug. 20, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Abe Lavalais isn’t sure how he would be described. Is he an artist? A maker? An inventor? “I do all those things,” he said. But he tends to stay more towards the maker side of things. The jewelry maker works primarily with bamboo though...

The Twisted Whisker is where cat lovers can gather

Aug. 20, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

On a honeymoon trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, a few years ago, Marcie Harper and her husband, Connor, came upon a cat cafe. Her expectations raised and curiosity peaked, she was eager to take a look. “We passed a sign that said ’30 cats inside’ in all caps and...

Online sleuths help woman solve mystery of missing ring

Aug. 20, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — She stepped out into the early August morning to find the low-tide beach empty, gold and orange rays spraying across the sky. Inhaling the smell of salt and damp, Maxine McLeod Miller began to stroll along the dune. Ahead, sticks with bright ribbons...

Transgender kids can play girls sports in Utah after ruling

Aug. 20, 2022 00:55 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Transgender girls in Utah will be given the opportunity to participate in girls' sports as the school year begins, after a judge on Friday reversed a ban pending legal challenges from parents. Instead of an outright ban, transgender girls will now be sent...

IMF fees on war-torn countries closer to elimination

Aug. 20, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is facing pressure to reevaluate how it imposes fees on loans it disperses to needy countries like war-torn Ukraine — which is one of the fund’s biggest borrowers. The move comes as more countries will need to turn to the IMF,...

On Chile rivers, Native spirituality and development clash

Aug. 20, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

MELIPEUCO, Chile (AP) — Mist suddenly arose from the Truful Truful River as it flowed below the snow-covered Llaima volcano, and Victor Curin smiled at the sun-dappled water spray. A leader in one of the Indigenous communities by the river’s shores in the Chilean Andes, Curin...