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Supreme Court doesn't block Texas abortion law, sets hearing

Oct. 22, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing the Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in place, but has agreed to hear arguments in the case in early November. The justices said Friday they will decide whether the Justice Department and abortion providers can...

Justice Department to expand redlining investigation efforts

Oct. 22, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced Friday a cross-government effort to investigate and prosecute redlining, the practice of banks discriminating against racial minorities or certain neighborhoods. It is the first major expansion of redlining investigations since the Obama...

3 years after Pittsburgh synagogue attack, trial still ahead

Oct. 22, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the three-year mark since the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue approaches, survivors are planning now-familiar annual rituals of remembrance, the criminal case involving the suspect plods on, and the site is in line for restoration. The...

Virginia man indicted for scheme to defraud investors

Oct. 21, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Virginia man who they say duped investors out of more than $740,000 by convincing them to help him build a religion-themed family entertainment venue, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The U.S. Attorney’s...

'The stakes are enormous': Bannon case tests Congress' power

Oct. 20, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House is expected to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. It's up to the Justice Department, and the courts, to determine what happens next. As lawmakers ready a Thursday vote to send a contempt referral to the U.S. attorney’s office...

Restaurateur whose business was raided by sheriff gets $5M

Oct. 20, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County officials approved a settlement Wednesday with a restaurant owner in metro Phoenix who claimed in a lawsuit that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office had defamed him and violated his rights about seven years ago when investigating whether employees at his...

2 inmates injured; 5 correctional officers accused

Oct. 20, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Five corrections officers at a state prison in Georgia are accused in two incidents in which inmates were injured last month. Warrants show four officers at Rutledge State Prison in Columbus are accused of beating a handcuffed inmate or standing by...

Facebook paying fine to settle US suit on discrimination

Oct. 19, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is paying a $4.75 million fine and up to $9.5 million to eligible victims to resolve the Justice Department’s allegations that it discriminated against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill high-paying jobs. Facebook...

EXPLAINER: How lawmakers are investigating the Jan. 6 riot

Oct. 19, 2021 07:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee tasked with investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has been ramping up its efforts in recent weeks, issuing subpoenas to nearly 20 individuals, including four of former President Donald Trump's advisers and associates. ...

Maduro ally appears in court to face corruption charges

Oct. 18, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A businessman who prosecutors say was a major conduit for corruption by Nicolás Maduro's inner circle appeared for the first time in Miami federal court Monday after a weekend extradition that has further strained relations between the U.S. and Venezuela's socialist...