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Warnings of the impact of fertility treatments in Alabama rush in after frozen embryo ruling

Feb. 21, 2024 06:57 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a decision critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatment in the state. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases...

Alexei Navalny's mother files lawsuit with a Russian court demanding release of her son's body

Feb. 21, 2024 06:50 AM EST

The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit at a court in the Arctic city of Salekhard contesting officials’ refusal to release her son’s body, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported Wednesday. A closed-door hearing has been scheduled for March...

Lawyers for the US tell a UK court why WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange should face spying charges

Feb. 21, 2024 06:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for the American government argued on Wednesday before a London court why they think Julian Assange should face espionage charges in the United States, in response to a last-ditch bid by his defense to stop the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder. Assange’s...

Death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda days after 1973 coup should be reinvestigated, court rules

Feb. 21, 2024 01:47 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The death of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda days after Chile's 1973 military coup should be reinvestigated, an appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying new steps could help clarify what killed the poet. Last December, a judge rejected a request by Neruda's nephew to...

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner's divorce is finalized, officially ending their marriage

Feb. 21, 2024 00:13 AM EST

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A judge has declared that Kevin Costner and his wife of nearly two decades, Christine Baumgartner, are now legally divorced, according to court records filed Tuesday. The couple's marriage ended, and both became single, on Friday, nine months after she...

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say

Feb. 20, 2024 21:46 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company had contacts with Russian intelligence-affiliated officials, prosecutors said Tuesday. Prosecutors...

Hunter Biden's lawyers suggest his case is tainted by claims of ex-FBI informant charged with lying

Feb. 20, 2024 21:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden ’s lawyers suggested Tuesday that claims made by a former FBI informant charged with fabricating a bribery scheme involving the presidential family may have tainted the case against the president’s son. The gun and tax charges against Hunter Biden...

A Russian court extends the pretrial detention for an American reporter accused of spying

Feb. 20, 2024 21:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital ruled Tuesday to keep Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in custody pending his trial on espionage charges that he denies. The Moscow City Court rejected an appeal against Gershkovich's detention filed by his lawyers,...

Timeline of the Assange legal saga as he makes a final bid to avoid extradition to the US

Feb. 20, 2024 18:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been fighting for more than a decade to avoid extradition to the United States to face charges related to his organization's publication of a huge trove of classified documents. He has been in custody in a high-security London prison since 2019,...

North Carolina court tosses ex-deputy's obstruction convictions

Feb. 20, 2024 18:34 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday threw out the convictions of a former sheriff's deputy for falsifying firearms training and qualification requirements for former superiors — including the then-county sheriff, who is now serving prison time for crimes. ...