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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Stevens' influence was felt on issues including abortion rights, protecting consumers and placing limits on the death penalty. He led the high court's decision to allow terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay to plead for their freedom in U.S. courts.

House votes to condemn Trump tweets

The Democratic-led House has voted to condemn President Donald Trump's tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries of origin.

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups.

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Ken Ehrlich returns as executive producer of Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Ehrlich is returning as executive producer of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards for the last time, capping his 40th anniversary with what's called "music's biggest night." The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Ben Winston will become the executive producer for the 63rd telecast in 2021. The academy says Ehrlich is known for his unexpected pairings of artists during the program such as Eminem and Elton John, Prince and Beyonce, and Bruce Springsteen with Joe Walsh. The 76-year-old wished the best to his successor. Winston is a six-time Emmy Award-winner and is

Toxicologist: Pledge who chugged liquor 'dead man walking'

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A toxicologist has testified that a fraternity pledge was a "dead man walking" after chugging liquor during a hazing event. The Advocate reports that Dr. Patricia Williams told the court Tuesday there was no way Max Gruver's 19-year-old body could have survived that level of intoxication. Gruver had a blood-alcohol level of more than six times the legal driving limit when he died in 2017 after a Phi Delta Theta event called "Bible study." Williams' testimony came during the negligent homicide trial of Matthew Naquin, who witnesses identified as one of the event

The Latest: El Chapo's wife arrives at sentencing hearing

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. (all times local): 9:20 a.m. The wife of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has arrived at her husband's long-awaited sentencing in New York. Emma Coronel Aispuro walked into the heavily guarded federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Wednesday as Joaquin Guzman prepared to learn his fate for running a murderous drug-trafficking ring. Coronel regularly attended Guzman's proceedings even when testimony cast her in a harsh light. Guzman faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole following his

The Latest: El Chapo's wife arrives at sentencing hearing

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. (all times local): 9:20 a.m. The wife of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has arrived at her husband's long-awaited sentencing in New York. Emma Coronel Aispuro walked into the heavily guarded federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Wednesday as Joaquin Guzman prepared to learn his fate for running a murderous drug-trafficking ring. Coronel regularly attended Guzman's proceedings even when testimony cast her in a harsh light. Guzman faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole following his

ACLU asks judge to block Trump asylum rule as case is heard

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties groups are asking a federal judge for a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump administration's effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. The American Civil Liberties Union and others filed the request Wednesday, seeking a Thursday hearing in San Francisco. The groups sued Tuesday and want the judge to block the policy while the case is heard. The Trump administration rules went into effect Tuesday and prevent most migrants from seeking protection as refugees if they have passed through another country first. It targets tens of

Eric Garner's mother speaks out on anniversary of his death

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner's mother is urging the New York City police commissioner to fire the officer involved in her son's chokehold death. Gwen Carr spoke to CBS on Wednesday, the five-year anniversary of her loss. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced they would not bring civil rights charges in the case. Carr said she would receive some closure if Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY'-oh) were fired. Pantaleo's lawyer, Stuart London, says the officer used techniques approved by the New York Police Department while arresting Garner, who died after uttering "I can't breathe." A

Eric Garner's mother speaks out on anniversary of his death

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner's mother is urging the New York City police commissioner to fire the officer involved in her son's chokehold death. Gwen Carr spoke to CBS on Wednesday, the five-year anniversary of her loss. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced they would not bring civil rights charges in the case. Carr said she would receive some closure if Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY'-oh) were fired. Attorney Stuart London says Pantaleo used techniques approved by the New York Police Department while arresting Garner, who died after uttering "I can't breathe." A spokeswoman for

Deputies: Florida man tied up wife's lover, cut off penis

BELL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man held his wife's lover at gunpoint, cut off the man's penis and fled with it. News outlets report 49-year-old Alex Bonilla was arrested hours later on charges including aggravated assault. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office released a statement Tuesday that said Bonilla broke into his neighbor's home Sunday, tied the neighbor up and mutilated his genitals with scissors. Deputies say the victim told authorities that Bonilla then took the severed penis and fled across the street to his own house. An arrest report says Bonilla caught his wife

5 new lawsuits filed in fatal school explosion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five new lawsuits have been filed more than two years after a natural gas explosion caused part of a Minneapolis school to collapse, killing two people and injuring nine others. The lawsuits say CenterPoint Energy and Master Mechanical knew their work at Minnehaha Academy was "hazardous and abnormally dangerous" but "failed to inspect and close shut-off valves" upstream from a gas meter. The plaintiffs include the school's president, who says she suffered a traumatic brain injury; the soccer coach, who lost a leg; and three other employees, who say they suffered

Deputies: Florida man tied up wife's lover, cut off penis

BELL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man held his wife's lover at gunpoint, cut off the man's penis and fled with it. News outlets report 49-year-old Alex Bonilla was arrested hours later on charges including aggravated assault. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office released a statement Tuesday that said Bonilla broke into his neighbor's home Sunday, tied the neighbor up and mutilated his genitals with scissors. Deputies say the victim told authorities that Bonilla then took the severed penis and fled across the street to his own house. Deputies say the motive still is under