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Trump inaugural committee chair to be released on $250M bail

Jul. 23, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chair of former President Donald Trump's inaugural committee who faces charges he secretly worked as an agent for the the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump’s foreign policy was ordered released from jail Friday on $250 million bail. ...

Judge: NYC mayor won't testify in Eric Garner inquiry

Jul. 23, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t have to testify in a judicial inquiry into the 2014 police chokehold death of Eric Garner, a judge ruled Friday, dashing a long-running quest by Garner’s relatives to have the mayor questioned under oath. ...

Critics bid to overturn approval of Tahoe resort expansion

Jul. 23, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmental lawyers are urging a California appellate court to overturn a pair of district court rulings that handed significant victories to the Squaw Valley ski resort as it moves forward with expansion plans critics say will dramatically increase traffic in the area...

Plans for largest US solar field north of Vegas scrapped

Jul. 23, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

OVERTON, Nev. (AP) — The push to transition from carbon-emitting fuel sources to renewable energy is hitting a roadblock in Nevada, where solar power developers are abandoning plans to build what would have been the United States' largest array of solar panels in the desert north of Las...

Haitian president's hometown holds funeral amid violence

Jul. 23, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) — The funeral for slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was briefly interrupted Friday by nearby gunfire and tear gas as well as agitated supporters that caused U.S. and U.N. officials to leave before his widow spoke publicly for the first time since the attack. ...

US diplomat worried about pandemic, food supply in N Korea

Jul. 23, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America’s No. 2 diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the coronavirus pandemic and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program. North Korean leader...

Activist who helped desegregate Birmingham library dies

Jul. 23, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Black Army veteran who helped peacefully desegregate an Alabama city's library with a sit-in protest in 1963 has died, according to the library and an obituary published by his family. Shelly Millender Jr. of Birmingham died on Saturday. He was...

Oklahoma police fatally shoot armed man in Duncan

Jul. 23, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Police in Duncan fatally shot an armed man who pointed the weapon at officers, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the shooting. Officers responding to reports of a domestic disturbance on Thursday were...

Appeals court upholds dismissal of ousted lawmaker's lawsuit

Jul. 23, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Arizona legislator who was expelled by the state House in 2018 for sexual harassment. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a Thursday opinion...

Ruling leaves immigrants who newly applied for DACA in limbo

Jul. 23, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the text message popped up on his phone, Samuel Alfaro didn't want to believe it. It said his appointment with U.S. immigration services about his application to join the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the one he had been waiting on...