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Lawmakers vote down bill that would allow some Alabama death row inmates to be resentenced

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a bill that would provide new sentences for about 30 inmates who were given the death penalty despite a jury’s recommendation of life imprisonment. The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-4 against the bill that would give life without parole sentences to

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Mississippi legislators won’t smooth the path this year to restore voting rights after some felonies

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Civil rights advocates say Mississippi needs to simplify the process of restoring voting rights to people convicted of some felonies. The Republican-controlled House passed a bill that would have done so. But the bill died when the Republican chairwoman of the Senate Constitution Committee did

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Skeletal remains found at home in Illinois identified as those of woman missing since 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say skeletal remains found at a house in Springfield have been identified as those of a woman who vanished in 2008. Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon says a post-mortem examination identified the remains as those of Michelle Renee “Shelly” Bianco of Springfield. Allmon says Bianco’s official cause and manner of

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Appeals court leaves temporary hold on New Jersey’s county line primary ballot design in place

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s decision to order New Jersey Democrats scrap a ballot design widely viewed as helping candidates with establishment backing. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals considered a slimmed-down appeal brought by the Camden County Democrats after the county clerks — the officials charged with

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Columbia’s president rebuts claims she has allowed the university to become a hotbed of antisemitism

By COLLIN BINKLEY and ANNIE MA Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Columbia University’s president took a firm stance against antisemitism in a congressional hearing on Wednesday, but she faced bruising criticism from Republicans who say her actions haven’t supported her words, especially when it comes to disciplining faculty and students accused of bias. Nemat

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House’s Ukraine, Israel aid package gains Biden’s support as Speaker Johnson fights to keep his job

By STEPHEN GROVES and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he strongly supports a proposal from Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, sending crucial bipartisan support to the effort this week to approve $95 billion in funding for the U.S. allies. Ahead

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Communications breakdown left authorities in the dark and residents without alerts amid Maui fire

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, REBECCA BOONE, CLAUDIA LAUER and CHRISTOPHER L. KELLER Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — As wildfires ripped across Maui last August, the head of the emergency management agency dragged his heels about returning to the island amid the unfolding crisis, while a broad communications breakdown left authorities in the dark and residents

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Air National Guard changes in Alaska could affect national security, civilian rescues, staffers say

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Air National Guard flew 159 civilian search-and-rescue missions last year in the nation’s largest state, often during vicious storms that prevented air ambulances from taking off. It also patrolled the skies for spy balloons and missiles from China, Russia and North Korea, and supported

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Kentucky lawmaker says he wants to renew efforts targeting diversity initiatives at colleges

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press A Republican lawmaker says he plans to mount another effort to limit diversity, equity and inclusion practices at Kentucky’s public universities. The move comes after GOP supermajorities failed to resolve differences on the issue during the recently ended legislative session. Kentucky lawmakers will convene again in early January. State Sen.

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Abu Ghraib military contractor warned bosses of abuses 2 weeks after arriving, testimony reveals

By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A civilian contractor sent to work as an interrogator at Iraq’s infamous Abu Ghraib prison resigned within two weeks of his arrival and told his corporate bosses that mistreatment of detainees was likely to continue. Jurors saw the October 2003 email from the interrogator who worked

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Biden vows to shield U.S. steel industry by blocking Japanese merger and seeking new Chinese tariffs

By CHRIS MEGERIAN and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden promised cheering unionized steelworkers on Wednesday that his administration would block the acquisition of U.S. Steel by a Japanese company, and he called for a tripling of tariffs on Chinese steel, seeking to use trade policy to win over working-class votes

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Senate dismisses two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security secretary, ends trial

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has dismissed all impeachment charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, ending the House Republican push to remove the Cabinet secretary from office over his handling of the the U.S.-Mexico border and ending his trial before arguments even began. Senators voted to dismiss both

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Kentucky spokeswoman: School is ‘distressed’ to hear of alleged sexual misconduct by ex-swim coach

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky spokeswoman says the school is “distressed to hear disturbing allegations” of sexual assault by former swimming and diving coach Lars Jorgensen outlined in a lawsuit by two former team members and will cooperate fully with law enforcement. A Wednesday release from the school stated that it contacted law enforcement

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US probe of Hondas that can activate emergency braking for no reason moves closer to a recall

DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. government investigation into unexpected automatic braking involving nearly 3 million Hondas is a step closer to a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it has upgraded a probe opened in February of 2022 to an engineering analysis. The agency received 1,294 complaints about the problem, mainly from

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