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Alec Murdaugh awaits the beginning of his bond hearing in the Richland Judicial Center in Columbia,...

Lawsuits: Jailed lawyer Alex Murdaugh may be hiding millions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys in three different civil lawsuits against Alex Murdaugh want the court to have independent representatives take control of the money and other assets of the South Carolina lawyer involved in a half-dozen state police investigations. The court motions in the cases, all filed last week, said they fear Murdaugh is […]
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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021...

Officials: Iran behind drone attack on US base in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say they believe Iran was behind the drone attack last week at the military outpost in southern Syria where American troops are based. Officials said Monday the U.S. believes that Iran resourced and encouraged the attack, but that the drones were not launched from Iran. They were Iranian drones, and […]
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Treasury Department names first counselor for racial equity

NEW YORK (AP) — The Treasury Department has hired a former JPMorgan Chase executive to head a new government program aimed at combatting racial inequality issues in banking and other financial-services industries. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Monday that Janis Bowdler will be the department’s first counselor for racial equity, part of a multi-pronged strategy […]
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A barge carries the eighth and final giant section of the overturned cargo ship Golden Ray, Monday,...

Georgia shipwreck’s last giant chunk removed from water

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The final giant chunk of an overturned cargo ship was removed from waters along the coast of Georgia on Monday, almost a year after demolition began on the wreck that tipped over with 4,200 automobiles in its cargo decks. Weighing more than 4,000 metric tons (4,410 U.S. tons), the eighth and […]
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President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Baltimore Center Stage Pearlstone Theate...

Billionaire tax hits critics as Biden pushes for budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ idea for a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for President Joe Biden’s social services and climate change plan quickly ran into criticism as too cumbersome with some lawmakers preferring the original plan of simply raising the top tax rates on corporations and the wealthy. Biden said Monday he’s hopeful […]
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FILE - In this April 3, 2021, file photo, Ammon Bundy speaks to a crowd of about 50 followers in fr...

Ammon Bundy: Report on far-right group undercounted members

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The founder of a far-right anti-government group says a report estimating the organization’s fast growth over the past year undercounted by half. Ammon Bundy took issue with the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights report, saying People’s Rights is actually much larger and more of a network than an […]
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2021, file photo, a student listens to the teacher's instructions at iPrep ...

COVID cases falling, but trouble signs arise as winter looms

Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools around the U.S. considering relaxing their mask rules, but deaths nationally have been ticking up over the past few weeks, some rural hospitals are showing signs of strain, and cold weather is setting in. The number of new cases nationally has been plummeting since the delta surge peaked […]
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Chris Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union, joins supporters at the Amazon distribution cent...

Union vote at Amazon’s NY warehouse big step closer

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board said there was sufficient interest to form a union at an Amazon distribution center in New York, after union organizers on Monday delivered hundreds of signatures to the agency — a key step in authorizing a vote that could establish the first union at the nation’s […]
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Lawyer: Initial autopsy inconclusive on Laundrie death cause

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The initial autopsy on the remains of Brian Laundrie did not uncover a cause of his death and a more intensive examination will be done, a Laundrie family lawyer said Monday. Laundrie’s skeletal remains found in a Florida nature preserve were positively identified last week using dental records, according to […]
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FILE - A view of the border bridge in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, on Sept. 24, 2021, across the Rio Grand...

2 border agents are fired for offensive Facebook posts

Two Border Patrol agents were fired from among 60 found to have committed misconduct for participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers, investigators said Monday in the most detailed public account yet of an episode that tarnished the agency’s reputation. Most agents’ penalties were significantly reduced from recommendations of an internal […]
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, unveiled the new "Sunrise in Ohio" license plate ...

Ohio printed 35,000 wrong Wright Brothers license plates

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) — Ohio printed out 35,000 new license plates before realizing a banner depicted on the plate was attached to the wrong end of the Wright Brothers’ historic first plane, the Wright Flyer. State officials acknowledged the error immediately after the new plates were unveiled on Thursday, releasing a photo of the corrected […]
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FILE - In this  July 17, 2019 file photo of a courtroom sketch, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second f...

Appeals court hears claims of jury bias at ‘El Chapo’ trial

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court should overturn the U.S. conspiracy conviction of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman because of claims that his anonymous jury flouted warnings to avoid media accounts of the case, a lawyer for Guzman urged a three-judge panel on Monday, catching the attention of at least one […]
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FILE - Travelers wear face coverings in the line for the south security checkpoint in the main term...

US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children under 18 and people from dozens of countries with a shortage of vaccines will be exempt from new rules that will require most travelers to the United States be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration announced. The government said Monday it will require airlines to collect contact information on passengers regardless […]
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Travis McMichael listens to attorneys question a pool of prospective jurors during jury selection f...

Jury selection in Ahmaud Arbery slaying crawls into 2nd week

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of three men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery crawled into its second week on Monday, with the judge and attorneys resuming their slow-moving task of questioning potential jurors one-by-one. By the time court adjourned Monday night, Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley deemed nine additional […]
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Attorney Tom Lemon, left, leads his client, former Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop, ...

Ex-Kansas Senate leader pleads no contest to DUI

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita Republican who once was one of the Kansas Legislature’s most powerful lawmakers pleaded no contest Monday to driving under the influence and reckless driving and will serve two days in jail. Former Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop appeared in a Topeka court Monday to formally accept a deal with […]
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This image displayed at a news conference by the Cook County Sheriff's Office on Monday, Oct. 25, 2...

Timeline of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s life, case

CHICAGO (AP) — John Wayne Gacy was convicted of killing 33 young men and boys in the Chicago area in the 1970s. Authorities found most of his victims’ remains in a crawl space under his suburban Chicago house or buried elsewhere on the property. In 2011, they exhumed the remains of eight victims in the […]
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FILE - Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, speaks during a debate on school voucher legislation Wednes...

Tennessee senator indicted on campaign cash scheme charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator and a Nashville social club owner were indicted on charges that they violated campaign finance laws by illegally concealing the transfer of $91,000 during the Republican lawmaker’s 2016 failed congressional campaign, federal investigators announced Monday. A federal grand jury in Nashville handed down the five-count indictment against […]
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FILE—In this file photo from Feb. 4, 2021, a pink statue of a hippo greets tourists at Hacienda N...

US judge: Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos legally ‘people’

The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the U.S. following a federal court order. The case involves a lawsuit against the Colombian government over whether to kill or sterilize the hippos whose numbers are growing at a fast […]
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021 file photo, Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens during a Senate...

Hostage families to Biden: ‘Bring our fellow Americans home’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of more than two dozen American hostages and wrongful detainees held overseas told President Joe Biden in a letter on Monday that they questioned his administration’s commitment to bringing their loved ones home. In the letter, obtained by The Associated Press, the family members complained that the administration seemed to be […]
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This undated photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Office shows Francis Wayne Alexander. Cook...

Sheriff: Newly ID’d Gacy victim’s death was news to family

CHICAGO (AP) — When the discovery of more than two dozen bodies stashed under John Wayne Gacy’s house near Chicago was making headlines all over the world in the late 1970s, Francis Wayne Alexander’s family in North Carolina didn’t think much of it. The way they saw it, Alexander had cut off communication with them […]
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FILE - In this June 20, 2021 file photo, Robert Malley, US Special Envoy for Iran, is shown in Vien...

US envoy: Patience with Iran ‘wearing thin’ on nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that diplomatic efforts to get Iran back to nuclear negotiations are at a “critical place” and that international patience with Iranian delays in returning to the talks is “wearing thin.” The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, told reporters there is a “deep and growing” concern […]
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Boston joining other college towns with census challenge

Boston is joining other communities across the U.S. with large numbers of university students in planning to challenge the results of the once-a-decade head count, saying the 2020 census undercounted the city’s students as well as jail inmates and foreign-born residents. Mayor Kim Janey said in a letter to the U.S. Census Bureau this month […]
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 file photo, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual ...

Biden, orthodox patriarch discuss climate, religious freedom

President Joe Biden and the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians discussed ways to fight climate change and to end the coronavirus pandemic as well as the importance of religious freedom during an Oval Office session Monday. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 81, met separately with Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken not long after being […]
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This photo provided Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, by the Chester County Sheriff's Office shows Gene Alexza...

Sheriff: US soldier killed grandfather; great-grandmother

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier has been brought back to South Carolina from Germany to face charges he killed his grandfather and great-grandmother 16 months ago. Gene Alexzander “Alex” Scott, 24, was indicted last week on two counts of murder in Chester County, Sheriff Max Dorsey said in a statement. Military police […]
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