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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...

Pence says he didn't leave office with classified material

Aug. 19, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that he didn’t take any classified information with him when he left office. The disclosure — which would typically be unremarkable for a former vice president — is notable given that FBI agents seized...

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...

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...

'I lost everything': Algeria reels from deadly wildfires

Aug. 19, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

Firefighters in Algeria have extinguished all but one of over 50 wildfires that ravaged the country this week, leaving at least 37 people dead and consuming farms, crops and cork forests, authorities said Friday. Visibly anguished, farmer Ali Gharsi walked past dead animals through a...

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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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...

Grand jury wants school board members removed over massacre

Aug. 19, 2022 23:04 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...

Bill Paxton family settles lawsuit with hospital over death

Aug. 19, 2022 22:44 PM EDT

The family of the late actor Bill Paxton has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed his heart surgery shortly before he died in 2017, according to a court filing Friday. The suit, filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical...

California nuke extension challenged in legislative proposal

Aug. 19, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal circulated Friday by California Democratic legislators would reject Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to extend the lifespan of the state's last operating nuclear power plant — and instead spend over $1 billion to speed up the development of renewable energy, new...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Aug. 19, 2022 22:15 PM EDT

Valdosta Daily Times. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Adoption system could be overstressed Stresses on the state’s adoption and foster care systems, along with the private adoption agencies, may be the unintended consequences of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v....

3 Pennsylvania counties ordered to count mail-in votes

Aug. 19, 2022 22:10 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania judge has ordered three Republican-controlled counties to add about 800 contested mail-in ballots to the results of the May election, ruling in a legal dispute that stalled statewide certification of the primary results for governor and U.S. Senate. The Republican...

Relationship with Cuomo daughter led to trooper's transfer

Aug. 19, 2022 22:09 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state trooper should have been disciplined for getting romantically involved with then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s adult daughter while serving on the Democrat's security detail, the state inspector general said in a report. The watchdog report released...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Aug. 19, 2022 22:07 PM EDT

Bowling Green Daily News. August 17, 2022. Editorial: Nonprofits get needed boost The federal American Rescue Plan Act has done much to help our state and communities rally from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. When some nonprofit...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Aug. 19, 2022 22:05 PM EDT

The Advocate. August 15, 2022. Editorial: One more form to fill out, but a clue about post-high school futures We’re No. 1 in education? Not really, but there is one way that Louisiana is meeting the challenge of education and its response to a rapidly changing...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 19, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

Index-Journal. August 12, 2022. Editorial: On a stellar 130 years, candidates, voting and voters That’s a long time, but it’s worth it. Reference here is to how long Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries has been in operation here in Greenwood and...