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Judge tosses out Jussie Smollett’s double jeopardy claim

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Friday shot down actor Jussie Smollett's attempt have the criminal charges against him dropped, telling the actor that the new charges against him do not violate his right against double jeopardy. Smollett's attorneys made the double jeopardy argument ...

Airman may face death penalty in California cop killing

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The sheriff's deputy reached a house at the end of the narrow Northern California dirt road and decided getting help from more deputies would be a good idea. The terrain was steep, the redwood forest thick. The deputy turned the patrol car around and headed back ...

Police arrest 21 people for flouting Hawaii quarantine

HONOLULU (AP) — Twenty-one people who recently arrived in Hawaii, describing themselves as a family with a leader, were arrested and charged with violating the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine put in place in an attempt to protect the islands from the spread of the coronavirus, police ...

‘Soft opening’ for census door knocking to begin next month

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Door knocking by census takers at the homes of people who haven't yet responded to the 2020 census is scheduled to start next month with a "soft launch," while a previously postponed count of the homeless will take place in September, U.S. Census Bureau officials said ...

White nationalist’s lawyer wants out of rally violence case

A leading white nationalist told a judge on Thursday that his notoriety has made it difficult for him to raise money for his defense against a "financially crippling" lawsuit that names him as an organizer of a rally in Virginia that erupted into violence in 2017. Richard Spencer's attorney ...

Judge: Reopen Puerto Rico school cafeterias or face arrest

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Thursday gave Puerto Rico's education secretary 24 hours to open all public school cafeterias in the U.S. territory or face arrest as impoverished students struggle to obtain free meals amid the pandemic. The ruling is the latest development in a ...

Watchdog: Agency misspent money meant for migrant care

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection violated the law when it misspent money appropriated for migrant care on items like all-terrain vehicles, boats and its police dog program, according to a federal investigation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report ...

Chicago investigating officers ‘lounging’ during unrest

CHICAGO (AP) — More than a dozen Chicago police officers and supervisors were captured on video "lounging" inside a burglarized congressional campaign office and even appeared to be making popcorn and brewing coffee as people vandalized and stole from nearby businesses as protests and unrest ...

Experts: Police ‘woefully undertrained’ in use of force

BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — Seattle officers hold down a protester, and one repeatedly punches him in the face. In another run-in, officers handcuff a looting suspect on the ground, one pressing a knee into his neck — the same tactic used on George Floyd. The officers were captured on videos ...

2 accused in ex-Nissan boss escape scheme fight extradition

A former Green Beret and his son accused of smuggling ex-Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box are fighting their extradition to the country, arguing the offense is not a crime there. Michael and Peter Taylor are wanted in Japan on allegations that they helped Ghosn flee ...