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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...

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...

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 13:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who says she was sexually abused hundreds of times by R. Kelly before she turned 18 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 that she...

Judge won't let Graham delay testimony in election probe

Aug. 19, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham can't put off his appearance before a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia, a federal judge said Friday. Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge...

US announces new military aid, drones for Ukraine

Aug. 19, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. for the first time Friday said it will give Ukraine Scan Eagle surveillance drones, mine-resistant vehicles, anti-armor rounds and howitzer weapons to help Ukrainian forces regain territory and mount a counteroffensive against Russian invaders. A senior...

China's response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions

Aug. 19, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — China's response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was anything but subtle — dispatching warships and military aircraft to all sides of the self-governing island democracy, and firing ballistic missiles into the waters nearby. The dust has still...

See it? Squish it! Fighting the invasive spotted lanternfly

Aug. 19, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

When Stephen Nixon recently noticed a “beautiful” spotted lanternfly by his bag as he skateboarded in Brooklyn, he heeded the request of city officials. He stomped on it. “I don’t like killing things. Not many people do. I’ll catch and release cockroaches if...

Authors and friends rally and read for Salman Rushdie

Aug. 19, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Friends and fellow authors spoke out on Salman Rushdie's behalf during a rally Friday on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library, one week after he was attacked onstage in the western part of the state and hospitalized with stab wounds. ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 19, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ IRS special agent job ad...

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Ex-Virginia official sues after losing job over Jan. 6 posts

Aug. 19, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former deputy Virginia attorney general who says she was fired over social media posts in which she praised the Capitol rioters as “patriots” and falsely claimed Donald Trump won the 2020 election is suing the attorney general's office for defamation. ...

Buttigieg warns airlines to help travelers or face new rules

Aug. 19, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has warned airlines that his department could draft new rules around passenger rights if the carriers don’t give more help to travelers trapped by flight cancellations and delays. Buttigieg is asking airline CEOs to, at a minimum, provide...

Georgia PSC elections again delayed after high court ruling

Aug. 19, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia Public Service Commission elections will not occur this November, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday, reversing an earlier appeals court ruling that allowed them to proceed. Instead, the high court reverted to the original decision by a federal judge in...

Tech stocks lead Wall Street lower, breaking winning streak

Aug. 19, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

Technology stocks led Wall Street lower, leaving major indexes in the red for the week. The benchmark S&P 500 index gave back 1.3% Friday, breaking a four-week winning streak. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite fell even more. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also fell. Meme stock Bed Bath &...

Nicaraguan police detain bishop, other priests in raid

Aug. 19, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaraguan police on Friday raided the residence of a Roman Catholic bishop critical of President Daniel Ortega’s administration, detaining him and several other priests in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the church and a government increasingly intolerant of...

Immigrant gets 38 years in prison for fatal Arizona robbery

Aug. 19, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Mexican immigrant was sentenced to 38 years in prison for killing an Arizona convenience store clerk during a 2015 robbery that was cited by former President Donald Trump and other Republicans in complaints about immigrants who commit crimes while in the U.S. illegally. ...

Police: Man fatally shot at Maryland mall food court

Aug. 19, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A man was shot and killed in the food court of a Maryland mall on Thursday afternoon, police said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Mall at Prince George's around 4 p.m. and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the food court,...

Officials: 3 killed after planes collided in California

Aug. 19, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Three people and a dog were killed after two small planes collided in Northern California while trying to land at a rural airport, authorities said Friday. The names of those killed after their planes crashed Thursday at the Watsonville Municipal Airport...

Grand jury wants school board members removed over massacre

Aug. 19, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida grand jury empaneled after a 2018 school massacre has recommended that Gov. Ron DeSantis remove from office four members of the Broward County school board, saying they and district administrators displayed “deceit, malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of...

Market blast in north Syria kills 15 people, wounds dozens

Aug. 19, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A rocket attack on a crowded market in a town held by Turkey-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria killed 15 people on Friday and wounded dozens, an opposition war monitor and a paramedic group said. The attack on the town of al-Bab came days after a Turkish...