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State judge overturns NY mask mandate

Jan. 24, 2022 21:03 PM EST

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge ruled Monday that the state's mask mandate can't be enforced, after it was reinstituted by Gov. Kathy Hochul over concerns about a winter surge of coronavirus cases. State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker said in his decision that the state...

Sheldon Silver, NY power broker sent to prison, dead at 77

Jan. 24, 2022 20:43 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his conviction on corruption charges, has died in federal custody. He was 77. Silver died Monday, the federal Bureau of Prisons said,...

Fired officer who apologized for assault seeking acquittal

Jan. 24, 2022 20:12 PM EST

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The former South Carolina police officer who apologized after attacking a Black man seemingly without provocation during an arrest last year now wants a jury to acquit him of a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident. A jury heard opening statements and...

Prosecutor: Teen bought gun online, friend helped build it

Jan. 24, 2022 19:00 PM EST

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The teen charged with shooting a fellow student at a Maryland high school last week told authorities he bought parts for the 9 mm ghost gun online and assembled it with a friend, a prosecutor said in court Monday. Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s...

Judge hears arguments in case challenging Omaha mask mandate

Jan. 24, 2022 18:24 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge could decide by noon Tuesday whether to overturn a new Omaha mask mandate that's opposed by state officials. Douglas County District Court Judge Shelly Stratman heard arguments Monday in a legal challenge to the local health order, which requires...

Wisconsin appeals court stays ballot drop box restrictions

Jan. 24, 2022 17:29 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court stayed a judge’s restrictions on the use of absentee ballot drop boxes Monday, finding that curtailing their locations with the spring primary only weeks away could confuse and disenfranchise voters. The Wisconsin Elections Commission...

Ethics panel says it will pursue ex-insurance commissioner

Jan. 24, 2022 17:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia ethics officials say they will pursue allegations of wrongdoing against former state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, overriding an administrative law judge's ruling that they waited too long. Oxendine is accused of illegally using campaign funds from...

Judge: Jurors can see school shooter's Instagram photos

Jan. 24, 2022 16:13 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The gunman who killed 17 at a Florida high school four years ago had no expectation of privacy when he posted disturbing photographs to a public Instagram account before his rampage and prosecutors can use them in his upcoming penalty trial, a judge ruled at a hearing...

Afghan refugee convicted of assaulting girl, 3, at Quantico

Jan. 24, 2022 15:55 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted an Afghan refugee housed at Quantico Marine Corps Base after he fled the country with a sexual assault. The jury in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Friday found Mohammed Tariq, 24, guilty of abusive sexual contact. ...

Assange wins first stage in effort to appeal US extradition

Jan. 24, 2022 09:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won the first stage of his effort to overturn a U.K. ruling that opened the door for his extradition to U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges. The High Court in London gave Assange permission to appeal the case to the U.K....