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Long sentence for man accused of trying to aid Islamic State

Apr. 09, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man who believed he was giving phones to help the Islamic State group commit violence was sentenced Friday to 13 1/2 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood said Edward Schimenti was more culpable of the two men convicted by a...

No release for ex-officer guilty in 'Fatal Vision' murders

Apr. 09, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to release an ex-Army captain imprisoned for decades for the murders of his wife and two young daughters, deciding he lacked authority to consider Jeffrey MacDonald’s request. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle...

Former lawmaker must pay more than $10 million in fraud case

Apr. 09, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawyer for a former state lawmaker and Georgia Board of Regents member says his client has been ordered to pay nearly $10.8 million after being accused of running what authorities called a Ponzi scheme. Dean Alford of Conyers resolved the matter through...

Former head of Alabama school district pleads in fraud case

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former head of an Alabama school district has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. Tom Sisk, former superintendent for Limestone County Schools, entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery to one count of conspiracy to...

Judge orders delay amid debate over Dakota Access pipeline

Apr. 09, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Friday delayed a decision on whether the Dakota Access Oil pipeline should be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review on the project, after lawyers for the pipeline asked for more time to outline the effects of...

ACLU lawsuit over checkpoints far from border to proceed

Apr. 09, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging the use of checkpoints by the U.S. Border Patrol nearly 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the Canadian border to proceed. A judge rejected a motion by Customs and Border Protection to dismiss the...

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

Apr. 09, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has ordered a study on overhauling the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission Friday that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for justices, among other...

Court rules for Democrats in debate over legislative session

Apr. 09, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal appeals court has vacated a judge's ruling that upheld the New Hampshire House Speaker's refusal to provide remote access to legislative sessions to lawmakers who are at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Seven...

Vermont Senate approves 'reproductive liberty' amendment

Apr. 09, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

The Vermont Senate gave its final approval Friday to a proposal to amend the state constitution to protect a woman’s right to an abortion and other reproductive services. The proposal, a declaration of the “right to personal reproductive liberty,” will now be sent...

Chauvin trial puts Court TV's revival in the public eye

Apr. 09, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Tufts believes the media world is not complete without Court TV. If he's ever going to prove his point, now is the time. The television executive is behind the network's 2019 revival and, since he began working last fall to convince Minnesota...