Greece: Supreme court hears appeal for far-left killer

Europe 05/21/19, 10:55

Greece's supreme court on Tuesday examined the rejection of a furlough request by a hunger-striking extremist serving multiple life sentences for the killing of 11 people by Greece's deadliest militant organization.Dimitris Koufodinas, a hitman for the now defunct November 17 group which killed 23 people from 1975-2000, has been on ...

McGahn to defy subpoena from Democrats for testimony, face contempt vote

Politics 05/21/19, 07:54

House Democrats are facing yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations , this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena for his testimony on orders from the White House. A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the president's directive and skip Tuesday's ...

Mississippi 6-week abortion ban heads to federal court

Health 05/21/19, 00:13

A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier.The law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, at about six weeks, when many women may not know they're pregnant.Republican Gov. ...

US Sen. Edward Markey faces Democratic primary challenger

Politics 05/20/19, 14:39

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing a challenger in next year's Democratic primary in Massachusetts. Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers' rights lawyer, announced her intention Monday to challenge the one-term senator for the Democratic nomination. Liss-Riordan made the announcement in a video and email to supporters and Democratic activists. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., speaks ...

Spain: 5 Catalan separatist prisoners escorted to Parliament

Europe 05/20/19, 05:04

The five separatist leaders on trial for Catalonia's 2017 secession attempt who were elected to the Spanish Parliament last month have picked up their official credentials under police escort.The Supreme Court allowed the five to get their credentials on Monday and attend the opening session of the new Parliament on ...

Incoming Chicago mayor has path to historic police reforms

U.S. 05/19/19, 23:15

Lori Lightfoot will have a powerful ally after she's sworn in Monday as Chicago mayor in seeking to fulfill a campaign promise to overhaul the Police Department in the nation's third-largest city: a judge with authority to hold reform slackers in contempt.She isn't the first incoming Chicago mayor to have ...

Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA

Politics 05/17/19, 11:13

The federal appeals court has ruled the Trump administration acted in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner when it sought to end an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 Friday that the Trump administration violated ...

Court ruling puts Guatemala vote, anti-graft fight in doubt

America 05/16/19, 17:16

A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor's candidacy has turned Guatemala's presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption.The rejection of Thelma Aldana's appeal means at least two of ...

Man charged with killing at least 7 elderly Texas women

Texas 05/16/19, 16:31

A Dallas man previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman has been charged with killing at least six other elderly women whose jewelry and other valuables he stole, authorities said Thursday. Kim Leach, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney's office, said 46-year-old Billy Chemirmir was indicted Tuesday ...

Jury deliberating fate of Nevada death row inmate

California 05/16/19, 15:22

A jury began deliberating Thursday whether to reorder the execution of a three-time murderer who's been on Nevada's death row for 34 years.Defense lawyers told the jury in Reno that 67-year-old Tracy Petrocelli should spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole after a U.S. ...

House GOP leader says Alabama abortion law goes too far

Politics 05/16/19, 13:15

The top House Republican says Alabama's new state law banning almost all abortions goes too far. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy says the law, which doesn't allow exceptions for abortions in cases of rape and incest, "goes further than I believe." McCarthy says he believes in "exceptions for rape, incest and life of ...

Gillibrand: As president she’d seek to codify abortion right

Politics 05/16/19, 13:06

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) says that as president she'd seek to write into law the Supreme Court's landmark ruling that legalized abortion. The New York senator is criticizing abortion bans that were passed recently in states where Republicans control the legislatures. During a stop at Georgia's Capitol, she said ...

Abortion-rights groups challenge restrictions on providers

Health 05/16/19, 13:05

As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years.At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed over the last two years ...

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

U.S. 05/16/19, 10:50

Five state attorneys general announced lawsuits Thursday seeking to hold the drug industry responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states.The new filings in Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin mean 45 states have now ...

Feds: US Supreme Court should turn down ‘Bridgegate’ appeal

U.S. 05/16/19, 09:00

The U.S. solicitor general's office has recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court not hear the appeal of two convicted defendants in the "Bridgegate" case, nudging the four-year legal saga of New Jersey's most famous traffic jam toward a conclusion."Further review is not warranted," the brief filed late Wednesday said. The ...

Dozens detained at cathedral protest in Russian city

World 05/16/19, 04:55

Russian police detained several dozen people in the early hours on Thursday at a rally protesting plans to build a cathedral in a popular park in Russia's fourth-largest city.Thousands protested in Yekaterinburg late Wednesday for the third consecutive day, and riot police were dispatched to the city center park where ...

Man faces execution for killing wife decades ago in Memphis

U.S. 05/16/19, 00:26

A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis is set for execution Thursday evening in Tennessee.Sixty-eight-year-old inmate Don Johnson is scheduled to receive a lethal injection for his conviction in the 1984 suffocation death of his wife, Connie Johnson. He initially ...

Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

U.S. 05/15/19, 20:17

Alabama's Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a ...

A look at the likely court fight over abortion rights

U.S. 05/15/19, 15:29

Alabama's virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state law seemingly designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a constitutional right it announced 46 years ago in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. But Chief Justice John Roberts may prefer a more incremental approach to reining in ...

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

U.S. 05/15/19, 15:25

Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups' claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers during a lame-duck session last year, saying the Legislature can decide when it wants to meet.That lame-duck ...

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