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Judge mulls whether Trump friend Roger Stone broke gag order

Jul. 16, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge is hearing arguments about whether Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, violated a gag order in a case that grew out of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Prosecutors have argued that Stone's social media posts violate an order banning him from...

Appeals court: NYC can ban ads in Uber and Lyft cars

Jul. 16, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York says the city can ban advertisements in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a lower court decision last year that concluded the city could not justify its regulations. The appeals...

Austria: Ukrainian businessman's US extradition on hold

Jul. 16, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's justice minister has approved the extradition to the U.S. of Ukrainian businessman Dymitro Firtash, but he can stay in Austria while a court considers a defense motion to reopen the case, authorities said Tuesday. Last month, Austria's Supreme Court of Justice ruled that Firtash...

Trump abortion rule seen as blow against Planned Parenthood

Jul. 16, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration says, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups. The head of a...

R. Kelly expected to appear for court hearing Tuesday

Jul. 16, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly is expected to appear in a Chicago federal courtroom on charges that he recruited girls and women to have illegal sex with him and then covered up the crimes by paying and threatening the victims and witnesses. Federal judges were supposed to meet Monday in Chicago to...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who gave birth to a baby in an outhouse toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández,...

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Jul. 15, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups. The...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Women urge jail until trial for Epstein as judge weighs bail

Jul. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge to...

NC trial looks at partisan bias after US justices won't

Jul. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in the kind of political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for...