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Refugees win rare victory in Serbia landmark pushback ruling

Apr. 18, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hamid Ahmadi still can feel the cold of the February night when Serbian police left him and two dozen other refugees in a forest. Crammed into a police van, the refugees from Afghanistan thought they were headed to an asylum-seekers' camp in...

US deports woman who lied about role in Rwandan genocide

Apr. 17, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman who served a 10-year sentence in U.S. prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide to obtain American citizenship, and then lost her bid for a new trial, has been deported to the East African nation and is likely to face prosecution there. ...

Journalists allege police harassment at Minnesota protests

Apr. 17, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

Some journalists covering protests over the police fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, in suburban Minneapolis say officers have harassed and assaulted them despite a federal order to leave them alone. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright issued a...

Idaho governor signs bill making ballot measures tougher

Apr. 17, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Saturday signed legislation making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as an attempt to stop a medical marijuana initiative and other left-leaning causes in the conservative state. ...

EXPLAINER: How is 'reasonableness' key to Chauvin's defense?

Apr. 17, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys and witnesses have used the words “reasonable” or “unreasonable” often at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. It's no coincidence. The concept of reasonableness...

Immigration judge, subject of complaint by lawyers, retires

Apr. 17, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Immigration Court judge who was the subject of a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department involving hostile and biased treatment of immigrants abruptly quit his post this week. In a letter announcing his retirement, Judge Nicholas...

Lawyers: DOJ defense in Trump defamation suit is 'dangerous'

Apr. 17, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

The U.S. Justice Department made a “wrong and dangerous” argument in seeking to defend former President Donald Trump against a former advice columnist’s claim that he defamed her when he denied her allegation of rape, her lawyers have told a court. During Trump's...

High court takes up case on virus relief funding for tribes

Apr. 17, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine who is eligible to receive more than $530 million in federal virus relief funding set aside for tribes more than a year ago. More than a dozen Native American tribes...

As voting fight moves westward, accusations of racism follow

Apr. 17, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Legislature was debating one of several Republican proposals to overhaul voting when GOP Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita said she'd had enough. “I don’t like to be characterized as supporting discriminatory laws!” she told Democrats, who...

Road-rage shooter gets 22 years for Everett man's death

Apr. 17, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for a road-rage shooting that killed an Everett man. Judge Millie Judge sentenced Simeon Berkley Friday in the death of Steven Whitemarsh in 2019, The Daily Herald reported. This...