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Black men executed in 1951 rape granted posthumous pardons

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons Tuesday to seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman, in a case that attracted pleas for mercy from around the world and ...

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Animal rights groups sue to stop Wisconsin wolf hunt

MADISON, Wis. — A coalition of animal rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Wisconsin’s wolf hunt this fall and invalidate a state law mandating annual hunts, arguing the statutes don’t give wildlife officials any leeway to consider population ...

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Conviction to be dropped in Michigan fire that killed 5 kids

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities are dropping a murder conviction against a man who is serving a life sentence for a fire that killed five children in suburban Detroit in 2000, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The case against Juwan Deering was ...

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Mask debate moves from school boards to courtrooms

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, file photo, student Winston Wallace, 9, raises his hand in class at iPrep Academy on the first day of school in Miami. A judge has ruled that Florida school districts may impose mask mandates. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper on Friday agreed with a group of parents who claimed in a lawsuit that Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on the mandates is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

WASHINGTON — The rancorous debate over whether returning students should wear masks in the classroom has moved from school boards to courtrooms. In at least 14 states, lawsuits have been filed either for or against masks in schools. In some ...

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RFK’s oldest son condemns possible parole of Sirhan Sirhan

BOSTON — Former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, the oldest son of Robert F. Kennedy, denounced the possible parole of the man convicted of killing his father in California in 1968. “Two commissioners of the 18-member California Parole Board made ...

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Man testifies against R. Kelly in sex-trafficking trial

FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo, Musician R. Kelly departs from the Leighton Criminal Court building after a status hearing in his criminal sexual abuse trial in Chicago. elly was charged with racketeering and sex-related crimes against women and girls in sweeping New York federal indictment unsealed Friday, July 12. The 18-page indictment accuses Kelly and members of his entourage of recruiting women and girls to "engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — After several days of  testimony from women  claiming they were groomed and sexually abused by R. Kelly, a man took the witness stand at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial in New York City on Monday to say the ...

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Man who pled guilty in 4 spa deaths appears in court

ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people at Atlanta area massage businesses who has already pleaded guilty in four of those killings appeared briefly in court Monday but he did not enter a plea in the other ...

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Board says RFK assassin Sirhan changed man; grants parole

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For 15 years, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin was denied parole by a California parole board that maintained Sirhan Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime that rocked the nation and ...

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Amsterdam to return Kandinsky work to pre-war owners’ heirs

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Amsterdam municipality says it will return a valuable painting by Wassily Kandinsky to the heirs of a Jewish family that originally owned it, ending years of legal wrangling over the work that was sold ...

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US closing troubled NYC jail where Epstein killed himself

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government said Thursday it is shutting down a federal jail in New York City after a slew of problems that came to light following disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide there two years ago. The ...

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