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1/6 hearings fuel the question: Did Trump commit a crime?

Jun. 29, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee has heard dramatic testimony from former White House aides and others about Donald Trump’s relentless efforts to overturn the 2020 election — and his encouragement of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol bent on achieving his goal. But the big...

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in sex trafficking case

Jun. 29, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for using his fame to sexually abuse young fans, including some who were just children, in a systematic scheme that went on for decades. Through tears and anger, several of Kelly's...

Lone surviving attacker in Paris massacre guilty of murder

Jun. 29, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The lone survivor of a team of Islamic State extremists who terrorized Paris in 2015 was convicted Wednesday of murder and other charges and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the deadliest peacetime attacks in French history. The special terrorism court...

Most say nation on wrong track, including Dems: AP-NORC poll

Jun. 29, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An overwhelming and growing majority of Americans say the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, including nearly 8 in 10 Democrats, according to a new poll that finds deep pessimism about the economy plaguing President Joe Biden. Eighty-five percent of U.S....

High court noon: Jackson to be sworn in as Breyer retires

Jun. 29, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly three months after she won confirmation to the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially becoming a justice. Jackson, 51, will be sworn as the court's 116th justice Thursday, just as the man she is replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer, retires. ...

Toll now at 53 in San Antonio as families wait for answers

Jun. 29, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In the chaotic minutes after dozens of migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer sweltering under the Texas sun, the driver tried to slip away by pretending to be one of the survivors, a Mexican immigration official said Wednesday. The driver along with...

EXPLAINER: Abortion ruling sparks wave of new legal issues

Jun. 29, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

The Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade has set off a frenzy of activity in courthouses around the country, with judges asked to decide when or if state-imposed bans or other far-reaching restrictions on abortion can go into effect. Some of the disputes involve bans that have...

A viral reprise: When COVID-19 strikes again and again

Jun. 29, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

For New York musician Erica Mancini, COVID-19 made repeat performances. March 2020. Last December. And again this May. “I’m bummed to know that I might forever just get infected,” said the 31-year-old singer, who is vaccinated and boosted. “I don’t want to...

1955 warrant in Emmett Till case found, family seeks arrest

Jun. 29, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A team searching a Mississippi courthouse basement for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his 1955 kidnapping, and relatives of the victim want authorities to finally arrest her nearly 70 years...

Giuliani's former Ukraine fixer gets 20 months in prison

Jun. 29, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani who was a figure in former President Donald Trump's first impeachment investigation, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and eight months in prison for fraud and campaign finance crimes by a judge who said fraud had become “a way of...

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NC hemp industry gets reprieve, as legislation gets final OK

Jun. 29, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s hemp industry appears to have avoided a shutdown, as the General Assembly gave its final approval Wednesday to legislation that would make its products permanently exempt from the state’s controlled substances law. The Senate voted 41-2 for...

Live updates | Putin warns on NATO troops in Sweden, Finland

Jun. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on the NATO summit in Madrid: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning Finland and Sweden that if they welcome NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory, Russia will respond in kind. He said Wednesday that Russia will...

EXPLAINER: Heat, humidity a perilous mix in immigrant deaths

Jun. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

The combination of heat and humidity would have quickly created life-threatening conditions inside the packed, un-air-conditioned tractor-trailer where dozens of immigrants were found dead, an expert said. Although it’s unclear how long the people had been inside the trailer, it...

Officials identify 4 people who died in Amtrak derailment

Jun. 29, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

MENDON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday identified the four people killed when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a dump truck earlier this week in rural Missouri, saying two were from Kansas and two were from Missouri. The truck driver, 54-year-old Billy Barton II, of...

Trump to rally for Palin, Dunleavy, Tshibaka in Alaska

Jun. 29, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former President Donald Trump plans to attend a rally in Alaska next week for candidates he has endorsed in the state, including Sarah Palin, who is running for the Alaska's only U.S. House seat. A statement from a Trump political action committee said the...

Some Missouri hospitals briefly halt emergency contraception

Jun. 29, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

A large Missouri hospital chain briefly stopped providing emergency contraception amid confusion over whether the state's abortion ban could put doctors at risk of criminal charges for providing the medication, even for sexual assault victims. St. Luke’s Health Kansas City said in...

Judge lifts Trump’s contempt order after 2-month legal fight

Jun. 29, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is no longer in contempt of court, a New York judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Arthur Engoron, who declared the former president in contempt on April 25 for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena issued by New York’s attorney general, said he has now...

Convicted ex-Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry begins appeal

Jun. 29, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska began the process of filing an appeal Wednesday, one day after he was sentenced to two years of probation for lying to FBI agents about an illegal campaign contribution from a Nigerian billionaire. Fortenberry, a...

Health, public safety secretaries confirmed by NC Senate

Jun. 29, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's most recent Cabinet replacements were confirmed unanimously by the state Senate on Wednesday. The chamber voted separately to confirm Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley — the first openly gay...

Amazon, Rite Aid cap purchase of emergency contraceptives

Jun. 29, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade. Amazon's limit, which temporarily caps purchase of the contraceptives at three...