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Va. parent accused of misdemenanor for words to school board

Jan. 22, 2022 12:50 PM EST

LURAY, Va. (AP) — A Virginia parent has been charged with a misdemeanor for her comments to a local school board weighing whether to align its mask-wearing policy with an executive order by new Gov. Glenn Youngkin that would make masks optional for students. Amelia Ruffner King,...

UK lawmaker says he'll go to police with 'blackmail' claims

Jan. 22, 2022 10:16 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British politician who accuses the government of blackmailing opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will take his allegations to the police. William Wragg, a lawmaker from the governing Conservative Party, said legislators calling for a challenge to...

Man sentenced for making threatening communications to judge

Jan. 22, 2022 09:01 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to the time he already served behind bars — about four months — for making threats against a state judge in West Virginia, officials said. Keith Lessard, 41, of Webster, was also sentenced to a year of probation on Thursday....

62 Missouri school districts temporarily closed in January

Jan. 20, 2022 15:48 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — So far in January, 62 Missouri school districts have closed for one or more days, largely because of a lack of staff caused by a surge in COVID-19 cases, education officials said Thursday. That number is 12% of districts statewide, said Mallory McGowin,...

Felony charges filed in attack at Mandan tobacco shop

Jan. 20, 2022 11:24 AM EST

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of assaulting a Mandan tobacco shop employee with a stun gun and threatening to kill her is facing four felony charges. According to court documents, Joshua Badhawk, 27, punched and kicked the 40-year-old woman at Big Willies tobacco store last...

Relative of jailed Alabama mayor seeks protection from abuse

Jan. 19, 2022 16:54 PM EST

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — A female relative of an Alabama mayor jailed on a domestic violence charge while campaigning for statewide office asked a court for protection, claiming he choked and threatened to kill her, court records show. The woman filed the request in Elmore County on...

Suspended professor threatens to sue if he's not reinstated

Jan. 18, 2022 17:50 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan professor who was suspended after making a profanity-filled video for his students is threatening to file a lawsuit if Ferris State University doesn't quickly lift the sanction. An attorney for Barry Mehler warned the school in a letter Tuesday, saying...

2 officers shoot, kill Wyoming man armed with edged weapon

Jan. 16, 2022 18:50 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Two police officers shot and killed a man who reportedly charged at them with a “large edged weapon,” police in Gillette said Sunday. Officers responded at 7 a.m. to a report that the suspect had made threats and refused to leave a residence, the Gillette...

Alabama deputy hurt, man shot during arrest attempt

Jan. 12, 2022 08:26 AM EST

CLEVELAND, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama deputy was injured and a man was shot by officers as authorities attempted to arrest a suspect wanted for making threats, state police said. Deputies from Etowah County, Blount County and an FBI agent attempted to arrest Stevie B. Holmes, 40, of...

Families separated at border now fear extortion attempts

Jan. 11, 2022 00:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the 30-year-old Honduran woman, the worst seemed to be over. She’s been reunited with her son who, as a 6-year-old, was separated from her under the Trump administration. She’s working construction in North Carolina. And attorneys were negotiating a payment for families...