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Abortion info fight targets university but affects far more

Oct. 03, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A box truck equipped with a bright LED billboard began circling around the University of Idaho campus Friday. “Pregnant? You still have a choice,” read one of the bright blue-and-white messages flashing across the side. “You can still get abortion pills by...

Homeless 'good Samaritan' gets probation in gas money scam

Oct. 03, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to conspiring with a New Jersey couple on a bogus feel-good story of helping a motorist in distress that garnered more than $400,000 in online donations has been sentenced to three years' probation. Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 39,...

Transgender inmate who sued Idaho to get $2.5M in legal fees

Oct. 03, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Idaho and its prison medical care provider to pay more than $2.5 million in legal fees to a transgender inmate who sued after she was denied gender confirmation surgery. The cost, however, will not come out of taxpayer dollars....

Montana judge knocks down Republicans' tighter voting laws

Oct. 03, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge struck down as unconstitutional three laws that restricted voting in the state, saying there was no evidence of the widespread voter fraud that the 2021 Republican-sponsored laws ostensibly were targeting. The laws ended same-day voter...

Man in work release program dead in police shooting on bus

Oct. 03, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of causing a disturbance at a work release program for jail inmates with mental health and substance abuse issues died after being shot by police on a public bus in suburban Denver on Sunday, police said. No one else was injured, interim Aurora...

Russia smuggling Ukrainian grain to help pay for Putin's war

Oct. 03, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When the bulk cargo ship Laodicea docked in Lebanon last summer, Ukrainian diplomats said the vessel was carrying grain stolen by Russia and urged Lebanese officials to impound the ship. Moscow called the allegation “false and baseless,” and Lebanon’s...

Fleeing Russians follow path of 1917 refugees to Istanbul

Oct. 03, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Vladimir Putin’s military draft “changed everything” for the tens of thousands of Russians who have fled their country since the Russian leader's mobilization was announced last month, according to recent arrivals in Istanbul. Niki Proshin, 28, left St....

2 high school students killed, 2 wounded in Oakland shooting

Oct. 02, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two Berkeley High School students were killed and two others were wounded in a weekend shooting in Oakland, officials said Sunday. Police from Oakland and neighboring Emeryville responded to reports of gunfire Saturday around 10 p.m. in Oakland's Longfellow...

Woman accused of abandoning autistic son sentenced

Oct. 02, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Indiana mother accused of having abandoned her 5-year-old autistic son on a dead-end street in Ohio earlier this year has been sentenced to six months in a lockdown facility where she will receive mental health and substance abuse treatment. Heather Adkins, 33,...

10 torture sites in 1 town: Russia sowed pain, fear in Izium

Oct. 02, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

IZIUM, Ukraine (AP) — The first time the Russian soldiers caught him, they tossed him bound and blindfolded into a trench covered with wooden boards for days on end. Then they beat him, over and over: Legs, arms, a hammer to the knees, all accompanied by furious diatribes against...