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Man accused of mass shooting attempt at Virginia church ruled competent to stand trial

Jul. 25, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

A judge has ruled that a northern Virginia man is competent to stand trial after he was arrested last year on suspicion that he was about to embark on a mass shooting at a megachurch. U.S. District Judge Rossie Alston set an Oct. 21 trial date for Rui Jiang of Falls Church after...

Newsom issues executive order for removal of homeless encampments in California

Jul. 25, 2024 12:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday to direct state agencies on how to remove homeless encampments, a month after a Supreme Court ruling allowing cities to enforce bans on sleeping outside in public spaces. Newsom’s order is...

Prince Harry says his crusade against British tabloids has contributed to royal family rift

Jul. 25, 2024 11:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry said his crusade against the British tabloids has contributed to his royal family rift, according to a documentary airing Thursday. In his most extensive comments since he won a major victory last year when a judge found phone hacking was “widespread...

Uvalde, Texas, school officer pleads not guilty to charges of failing to protect kids during attack

Jul. 25, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A former Uvalde, Texas, school police officer who was part of the slow law enforcement response to the 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Thursday. Adrian Gonzales was one of the nearly 400 law enforcement...

Judge won't block Georgia prosecutor disciplinary body that Democrats fear is aimed at Fani Willis

Jul. 25, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge has denied a preliminary challenge to block a commission created to discipline and remove state prosecutors, finding that it doesn't violate the U.S. or state constitution. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Paige Reese Whitaker on Tuesday rejected...

Former Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who opposed gay marriage, appeals ruling over attorney fees

Jul. 25, 2024 09:15 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples a decade ago is appealing a ruling ordering her to pay thousands in attorney fees. The appeal filed by attorneys for Kim Davis in federal court argues that the landmark...

Head of Cambodia's top opposition party hit with $1.5 million judgement for defaming government

Jul. 25, 2024 06:43 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Thursday found the president of the country’s main opposition party guilty of defamation and ordered him to pay $1.5 million in damages to the government, his lawyer and legal observers said. Teav Vannol, president of the...

Appeals judges rule against fund used to provide phone services for rural and low-income people

Jul. 24, 2024 17:39 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Calling it a “misbegotten tax,” a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Wednesday that a method the Federal Communications Commission uses to fund telephone service for rural and low-income people and broadband services for schools and libraries is unconstitutional. ...

Missouri Supreme Court halts release of man with overturned conviction as he was about to go free

Jul. 24, 2024 22:17 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court halted the immediate release Wednesday of a man whose murder conviction was overturned — just as the man was about to walk free. A St. Louis Circuit Court judge had ordered Christopher Dunn, now 52, to be released by 6 p.m. CDT...

Phone lines down in multiple courts across California after ransomware attack

Jul. 24, 2024 21:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several courts across California lost their phone lines this week after a ransomware attack targeting the state's largest trial court in Los Angeles County. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County hosts phone servers for courts in Shasta, Inyo, San Luis Obispo,...