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Some Arizona school districts renew mask policy after ruling

Sep. 28, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A handful of school districts are prolonging mask mandates after a judge ruled Arizona's ban on them was unconstitutional. As of Tuesday, Scottsdale Unified School District, Paradise Valley Schools and Tucson's largest school district announced they would...

Ex-juvenile court judge pleads guilty to child porn charges

Sep. 28, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former juvenile court judge in Wisconsin pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts of distributing child pornography. Brett Blomme, 39, a onetime Milwaukee County children's court judge, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years...

Ivey defends use of virus funds for prisons, bills advance

Sep. 28, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday defended her state’s plan to use pandemic relief funds to build new prisons —saying the $400 million expenditure is both allowed and needed — while a legislative committee swiftly advanced the construction plan. ...

Evers calls GOP-ordered election probe a 'boondoggle'

Sep. 28, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday blasted a Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential election as a “$700,000 boondoggle” and said election clerks should be “lawyered up." After an election audit in Arizona confirmed...

Ex-mayor ordered to repay investors $300,000

Sep. 28, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed two more charges faced by a disgraced former Massachusetts mayor and ordered him to repay more than $300,000 to investors in his smartphone app, according to court records. After throwing out two tax charges Monday, Judge...

Court denies Dylann Roof's request for new appellate hearing

Sep. 28, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

Dylann Roof has lost the next phase of his appeal, with a federal court turning down his request for a new hearing to challenge his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation. In an order issued Monday,...

Senate Republicans confirm Evers' Cabinet appointments

Sep. 28, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Senate Republicans confirmed four of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet appointments Tuesday after letting them languish for months but took no action on a key pick that would give the governor control of wildlife and pollution policies. The...

Prince Andrew acknowledges he faces US sex assault lawsuit

Sep. 28, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Andrew has acknowledged through his lawyer that he has been served with a lawsuit by a U.S. woman who says he sexually assaulted her, clearing a hurdle that had stalled legal proceedings for several weeks. The acknowledgment was confirmed in a...

Maine supreme court upholds murder conviction of NC man

Sep. 28, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence of one of three people convicted in a deadly home invasion. Christopher Murray, of Red Springs, North Carolina, contended the judge erred in instructing the...

Review: Anita Hill urges us all to battle gender violence

Sep. 28, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

“Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence” by Anita Hill (Viking) Anita Hill didn’t care if President Joe Biden apologized or not, but she found his aversion to doing so rather dramatic. This is one anecdote from her new book,...