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Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit sits to watch a live television broadcast of a court verdict on whether to dissolute his party at their party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader.  (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai court orders popular opposition party dissolved

Feb. 21, 2020 6:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, charismatic 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The court also imposed a 10-year ban on the party's...

Family drug treatment court to open in another WVa county

Feb. 21, 2020 4:39 AM EST

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A family drug treatment court is set to open in another West Virginia county. The opening of the court at the Nicholas County Courthouse in Summersville is scheduled for Friday. Three state Supreme Court justices are expected to attend. The event is open to the public. It is the...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg waves after speaking at a campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Bloomberg struggles to respond to politics of #MeToo era

Feb. 21, 2020 12:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg's name last appeared on a ballot a decade before #MeToo transformed cultural mores surrounding sexual harassment and the treatment of women. As he campaigns for the presidency, the 78-year-old billionaire is struggling to adjust. The former New York City mayor was caught...

FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee man gets electric chair for killing fellow inmate

Feb. 20, 2020 10:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee's electric chair Thursday, becoming the state's fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state's preferred method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at the Riverbend...

Roger Stone, center, puts his hat on as he departs after his sentencing at federal court in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. President Donald Trump loyalist and ally, Roger Stone was sentenced to over three years in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department's original sentencing recommendation. The sentence came amid President Donald Trump's unrelenting defense of his longtime confidant that led to a mini-revolt inside the Justice Department and allegations the president interfered in the case. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

Feb. 20, 2020 9:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday for obstructing a congressional investigation in a case that has sparked fears about presidential interference in the justice system. Soon after Judge Amy Berman Jackson...

Judge OKs settlement over western Michigan contamination

Feb. 20, 2020 9:43 PM EST

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement with a western Michigan footwear company that faced a lawsuit over groundwater tainted with potentially harmful “forever" chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial state. Wolverine...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 file photo, a man shovels snow to clear a driveway near 5pointz, a graffiti art gallery in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, a federal appeals court gave its approval to a $6.7 million award for two dozen graffiti artists whose spray paintings at the once-famous site that attracted thousands of spectators were destroyed to make room for high-rise luxury residences. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Appeals court approves of $6.7M award to graffiti artists

Feb. 20, 2020 9:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York gave its approval Thursday to a $6.7 million award for nearly two dozen graffiti artists whose spray paintings at a once-famous site that attracted thousands of spectators were destroyed to make room for high-rise luxury residences. The 2nd U.S. Circuit...

FILE - This Friday, May 17, 2019 file photo shows the Jackson Women's Health Organization in Jackson, Miss. The facility is the state's only abortion clinic. A federal appeals court is keeping a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions at about six weeks, a stage when many women may not even know they are pregnant. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Appeals court keeps block on Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

Feb. 20, 2020 9:35 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court is keeping a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions as early as about six weeks — a stage when many women may not even know they are pregnant. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision Thursday, finding that the...

Kansas developer gets prison term over asbestos disposal

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Lawrence developer to serve three months in prison for illegal disposal of asbestos during a construction project. Thomas S. Fritzel, 54, was also ordered to pay a $55,000 fine for violations of the Clean Air Act during remodeling work in 2016...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019 file photo, Idaho Republican U.S. Senators James Risch, left, and Mike Crapo speak to audience members during the announcement of the launch of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho's two U.S. senators in speeches to state lawmakers say the country is experiencing historical prosperity and the federal judiciary is being transformed with the appointment of conservative judges. Crapo and Risch in speeches Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 to state lawmakers in the Idaho House of Representatives labeled the moves as good progress for the country. Crapo says the U.S. Supreme Court now has a five-member majority of what he calls rule-of-law judges. Risch says deregulation has led to economic growth. They did not mention the U.S. budget deficit that is likely to burst through the $1 trillion mark this year. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, File)/The Idaho Post-Register via AP)

Idaho U.S. senators tout economy and judicial appointments

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The United States is experiencing historical prosperity and the federal judiciary is being transformed with the appointment of conservative judges, Idaho's two U.S. senators said Thursday. Republican U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch in speeches to state lawmakers in the Idaho House...