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Rep. Joe Kennedy formally announces US Senate campaign

Sep. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to run for the upper chamber of Congress from Massachusetts since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. The Democrat spoke to supporters gathered in a...

Justices' DC sniper case examines teen murderers' sentences

Sep. 21, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall. But the justices' eventual ruling probably will mean less for him than for a dozen other inmates who, like the now-34-year-old...

Ex-northwestern Indiana mayor fighting federal convictions

Sep. 21, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana mayor is continuing to fight the bribery and tax obstruction convictions that forced him from office earlier this year. A federal judge has set a December court hearing for arguments on claims by Republican former Portage Mayor James Snyder that his...

Judge mulls bid to curb power to split families at border

Sep. 21, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he was struggling with a request to more narrowly define what behavior justifies separating children from their parents at the border after complaints that the Trump administration has abused discretionary powers to split families under limited...

Today in History

Sep. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2019. There are 101 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 21, 1985, In North Korea and South Korea, family members who had been separated for decades were allowed to visit each other as both countries opened their borders in an...

American, Australian luminaries gather at White House dinner

Sep. 20, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A glittering crowd of American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely "celebrating" even as serious matters of national security and presidential politics combined to cast a cloud over President Donald Trump. Not long before...

Alabama to pay hefty legal fees over blocked abortion law

Sep. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to pay $675,964 to lawyers for abortion clinics who challenged the state's attempt to ban the most common second trimester abortion procedure. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson handed down the order after striking down the 2016 law. Alabama...

Judge who suggested woman 'close your legs' fights removal

Sep. 20, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

A New Jersey judge who suggested a woman could close her legs to prevent a sexual assault is fighting attempts by the state Supreme Court to remove him from the bench. Judge John Russo Jr. said in a response released Friday that removing him would be excessive and unprecedented because the court has never removed...

Lawsuit seeking records over 1987 teen deaths dismissed

Sep. 20, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge dismissed a Benton woman's 2016 lawsuit that aimed to obtain documents from three federal agencies to reveal information about her son's 1987 death. The dismissal on Wednesday followed Linda Ives' request for documents related to beliefs that the deaths were potentially...

Virginia jail ends 'God Pod' after Muslim inmates sue

Sep. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail has ended a program which inmates dubbed the "God Pod" after a lawsuit alleged the program provided favorable treatment to Christians and discriminated against Muslims. Court documents show the Riverside Regional Jail south of Richmond ended the program on the advice...