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California lawmaker wants labor law for freelancers changed

By DON THOMPSON | February 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The author of a sweeping new California labor law said Thursday that she intends to ease its restrictions on freelance journalists and others after months of protests that it is already costing people their jobs.Democratic...

Victims: PG&E still has rickety power line near Paradise

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | February 6, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is still operating a rickety power line near the one that ignited a 2018 wildfire that wiped out the Northern California city of Paradise and killed 85 people, according to an expert inspection conducted...

Ginsburg to present award named for her to philanthropist

February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg usually is on the receiving end of awards, but she'll be handing out one in her name next week to a prominent philanthropist.Agnes Gund, who has given millions of dollars to support criminal...

Trump seeks to delay woman’s suit after request for his DNA

By JENNIFER PELTZ | February 6, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers want to put the brakes on a lawsuit filed by an advice columnist who has accused him of raping her in the 1990s and is seeking his DNA as possible evidence.Trump attorneys argued in legal papers this...

Censure urged for judge over Playboy remark to plaintiff

By DAVID PORTER | February 6, 2020

A New Jersey ethics panel has recommended a high-ranking judge be censured over his behavior in court, including comments in which he told a woman that she should send nude pictures of herself to Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.The state panel on...

Man pleads guilty to running service that offered child porn

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | February 6, 2020

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man who spent years fighting his extradition from Ireland to the U.S. pleaded guilty Thursday in a Maryland courtroom to operating a web hosting service that allowed users to anonymously access more than 1 million files of child...

Ill Cali cartel drug kingpin seeks early prison release

By CURT ANDERSON | February 6, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — One of the world's major cocaine kingpins, a co-founder of Colombia's Cali Cartel that smuggled some $2 billion in drugs to the U.S., is seeking compassionate early release from a federal prison because of ill health.Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela,...

Lawyers to ICC: Free Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo unconditionally

By MIKE CORDER | February 6, 2020

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges should scrap conditions of release imposed on Ivory Coast's former president, his lawyers argued Thursday in a move they hope will free Laurent Gbagbo to return home during a tense election...

Not guilty: Senate acquits Trump of impeachment charges


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for...

Amnesty finds Saudi anti-terror court a weapon of repression

By AYA BATRAWY | February 6, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has used a secretive court established to try terrorism cases as "a weapon of repression" to imprison peaceful critics, activists, journalists, clerics and minority Muslim Shiites, including some who were...

Madoff seeks prison release, citing terminal kidney failure

By JIM MUSTIAN | February 5, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Epic Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff asked a federal judge Wednesday to grant him a “compassionate release” from his 150-year prison sentence, saying he has terminal kidney failure and less than 18 months to live.Madoff's attorney filed...

Judge strips terrorist of citizenship at government request

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | February 5, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has stripped a terrorist of his naturalized U.S. citizenship, siding with the government in the case of a Pakistan-born man convicted more than 15 years ago of plotting to destroy New York's Brooklyn Bridge.Defendant...