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UAE, other countries removed from international money laundering watchlist

An international watchdog said Friday that it was removing the United Arab Emirates from its so-called gray list of countries that don’t take full measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. The announcement was made by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force following its meeting in the French capital. The FATF welcomed the UAE’s “significant progress in improving” its anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing…

Colombia to send deep-water expedition to explore 300-year-old shipwreck thought to hold treasure

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government on Friday announced plans for a deep-water expedition to explore the mythical galleon San José, sunk in the 18th century in the country’s northern Caribbean and believed to contain cargo valued at billions of dollars. It is the first phase of a scientific research into deep waters that aims at collecting information to determine which pieces are suitable and…

Teen charged in fatal shooting of Detroit-area man known for vigilante sex predator stings

A 17-year-old male has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Detroit-area man who had been trying to expose sexual predators by posing as a teenaged girl on social media in unauthorized “sting” operations. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced the charges of homicide, carrying a concealed weapon and using a firearm during a felony. There is no evidence that the shooting was related…

Maryland property tax assessment error could cost $250M

Maryland lawmakers are looking at a legislative solution to address a missed mailing deadline for property tax assessments, a mistake that affected about 107,000 notices and could cost local governments roughly $250 million over three years if nothing is done, a state official said Thursday. Maryland reassesses the value of one-third of all property in each county every year. The State Department of Assessments and…

San Diego man charged for threats to Arizona election worker: ‘run’ and ‘hide’

A San Diego man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of leaving threatening messages on the personal cellphone of an Arizona election worker he accused of rigging the 2022 election results, federal prosecutors said. The 52-year-old was charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and will make an initial court appearance Friday in San Diego, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of…

2 suspects in 2018 Vermont murder-for-hire case to stand trial in September

The two men facing federal charges connected to a murder-for-hire plot that led to the 2018 abduction and killing of a Vermont man will go on trial in September, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford set Sept. 23 as the start date for the trial of Serhat Gumrukcu, of Los Angeles, and Berk Eratay, of Las Vegas. They pleaded not…

Hydeia Broadbent, activist known for childhood AIDS advocacy, dead at 39

Hydeia Broadbent, a prominent HIV/AIDS activist known for her inspirational talks in the 1990s as a young child to reduce the stigma surrounding the virus she was born with, has died. She was 39. Broadbent’s father announced her death in a Facebook post, saying she had died unexpectedly “after living with Aids since birth,” but did not provide more details. “Despite facing numerous challenges throughout…

New York man confesses to kidnapping and sexual assault of 9-year-old girl in state park

A man accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from a state park in upstate New York pleaded guilty to two felony counts and faces 47 years to life in prison. Craig N. Ross Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday under a plea deal to first-degree kidnapping and predatory sexual assault of a child, according to the Saratoga County district attorney. Ross was charged in the abduction of…

Trial to assess Texas high school’s punishment of Black student over hairstyle in light of new law

A trial is set to be held Thursday to determine if a Black high school student in Texas can continue being punished by his district for refusing to change his hairstyle, which he and his family say is protected by a new state law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination. At issue is whether Darryl George’s monthslong punishment for violating his Houston-area school district’s dress code…

Widow, aides to Haitian President Moïse indicted in his assassination

A judge in Haiti responsible for investigating the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse has indicted his widow, Martine Moïse, ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of Haiti’s National Police, Léon Charles, among others, according to a report obtained Monday. The indictments are expected to further destabilize Haiti as it struggles with a surge in gang violence and recovers from a spate…

Indiana reporter arrested for threats against pro-Israel officials: ‘Kill every Jew’

A freelance reporter based in Fort Wayne, Indiana is facing up to five years in federal prison after allegedly threatening to “kill every Jew” in the city and “shoot every pro-Israel U.S. government official,” according to a federal affidavit filed in court last week. Jeffrey Stevens, 41, is charged with posting threats using interstate communications, which carries a maximum of five years in federal prison….

Papua New Guinea tribal clash leaves more than 20 people dead

A tribal clash in Papua New Guinea’s remote highlands in which more than 20 people were shot dead on Sunday has put a growing internal security problem under the microscope in the strategically vital South Pacific island nation that has garnered closer military attention from the United States and China. The rival powers are increasingly keen to strike security pacts with the developing nation whose…

Pennsylvania authorities identify police officer wounded in fatal gunfire exchange

Authorities have identified a southeastern Pennsylvania police officer wounded in an exchange of gunfire that killed a suspect over the weekend. The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office on Sunday identified the wounded officer as Chester Police Detective Steve Byrne, saying in a social media post that officials were “deeply saddened” by Saturday afternoon’s events but “enormously grateful” that Byrne was expected to make a full…

US students are putting off college decisions due to delay in financial aid applications

For many students, the excitement of being accepted into their first-choice college is being tempered this year by a troublesome uncertainty over whether they’ll get the financial aid they need to attend. The financial aid decisions that usually go out with acceptance letters are being delayed because of a later-than-expected rollout of a revised Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the form commonly known as…

Pennsylvania magistrate judge charged with shooting estranged boyfriend in head

A suspended magistrate judge in Pennsylvania shot her estranged boyfriend in the head as he slept last weekend, police said Thursday in filing attempted murder and aggravated assault charges against her. Tests showed Magisterial District Judge Sonya M. McKnight, 57, had gunshot residue on her hands an hour after Michael McCoy was shot in the bed of his home in the Harrisburg area early Saturday,…

St. Vincent and the Grenadines upholds gay sex ban

A top court in St. Vincent and the Grenadines upheld laws on Friday that criminalize gay sex, a blow to activists who have long decried the violence the LGBTQ+ community has faced on the conservative Caribbean archipelago. The ruling by St. Vincent’s High Court stems from a 2019 case filed by two gay men from St. Vincent who live abroad, seeking to strike down colonial-era…

Online influencers lead thousands demanding change in Hungary following president’s resignation

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Some of Hungary‘s best-known online personalities led a crowd of at least 10,000 protesters in Budapest on Friday to demand a change in the country’s political culture, a response to the conservative president’s recent resignation over a pardon she issued in a child sexual abuse case. Demonstrators filled the Hungarian capital’s sprawling Heroes’ Square and called for genuine reforms to Hungary’s…

Greece legalizes same-sex civil marriage despite Orthodox Christian church opposition

Greece on Thursday became the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex civil marriage, despite opposition from the influential, socially conservative Greek Church. A cross-party majority of 176 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament voted late Thursday in favor of the landmark bill drafted by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ‘ center-right government. Another 76 rejected the reform while two abstained from the vote and 46 were…

After months fighting Houthis on the USS Eisenhower, sailors face a new kind of sea threat

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and its accompanying warships have spent four months straight at sea defending against ballistic missiles and flying attack drones fired by Iranian-backed Houthis, and are now more regularly also defending against a new threat — fast unmanned vessels that are fired at them through the water. While the Houthis have launched unmanned surface vessels, or USVs,…

Columbus Blue Jackets fire GM Kekalainen during his 11th season

The Columbus Blue Jackets fired general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on Thursday, ending his time on the job after more than a decade. President of hockey operations John Davidson made the call midway through Kekalainen’s 11th full season on the job and three weeks before the trade deadline. Kekalainen was the third-longest tenured GM in the NHL. Davidson and the hockey operations team will assume GM…

Kentucky state Senate passes bill trying juveniles as adults for gun-related felonies

More Kentucky teenagers charged with gun-related felony offenses would be transferred to adult courts to face trial under legislation passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. The measure cleared the Senate on a 25-9 vote to advance to the House. Senate Bill 20 is part of a broader push in the GOP-dominated legislature to toughen penalties for a range of crimes. FORMER KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S CONTROVERSIAL…

Philadelphia officer acquitted of assault nearly 4 years after using baton on Floyd protester

A former Philadelphia police inspector has been acquitted of assault in the use of a baton during an encounter with a protester in a 2020 racial injustice demonstration. Jurors acquitted 57-year-old Joseph Bologna on Wednesday of charges of simple assault and possessing an instrument of crime in the incident recorded on video during June 2020 protests on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway following the death of…

Valentine’s Day lawsuit against Tinder, Hinge apps alleges ‘compulsive’ use encouraged

Stuck in dating app loop with no date in sight? A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Match Group claims that is by design. Tinder, Hinge and other Match dating apps are filled with addictive features that encourage “compulsive” use, the proposed class-action lawsuit claims. TRUE-CRIME WRITER HELPED TINDER MURDERER IN PRISON SCHEME: REPORT The lawsuit filed in federal court in the Northern District of California on…

Millions of Valentine’s Day flowers make their way across the United States with a layover in Miami

While Valentine’s Day may not be known as a busy time for air travel, it’s a busy time at Miami International Airport, where many of the nation’s fresh cut flowers arrive from South America. Around 90% of the roses and fresh cut flowers being sold for Valentine’s Day in the United States come through Miami, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. They arrive on…

Travis Kelce gets first producer credit for SXSW comedic drama movie to premiere at Texas festival

Travis Kelce is already making moves in Hollywood. The Super Bowl champ has his first executive producer credit on a new film that will have its world premiere in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. “My Dead Friend Zoe” is described as a darkly comedic drama about a U.S. Army veteran, the dead best friend she can’t let go of…

Former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker receives prison time for lying under oath

A federal judge in Chicago sentenced a former chief of staff to longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to two and a half years in prison Monday for lying under oath to a grand jury to protect his once-powerful boss. U.S. District Judge John F. Kness imposed the sentence on Timothy Mapes, 69, of Springfield. A jury in U.S. District Court in Chicago last year…

West Virginia lawmakers push to ban smoking in cars with children

Smoking in cars with children is banned in 11 states, and lawmakers are pushing to join them in West Virginia, where more adults use cigarettes than anywhere else in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Senate on Monday passed a bill calling for fines for anyone caught smoking or possessing a lit tobacco product in a vehicle when…

New California Democrat bill would ban all plastic bags at grocery stores

California would ban all plastic shopping bags in 2026 under a new bill announced Thursday in the state Legislature. California already bans thin plastic shopping bags at grocery stores and other shops, but shoppers at checkout can purchase bags made with a thicker plastic that purportedly makes them reusable and recyclable. LOS ANGELES FREEWAY FIRE PROMPTS CALIFORNIA TO RECOMMEND RULE CHANGES FOR LEASING UNDER FREEWAYS…

UN panel criticizes Russia’s efforts to rewrite school curriculum

A panel of U.N.-backed experts that focuses on children’s human rights called Thursday on Russia to prevent efforts to rewrite school curricula and textbooks to reflect the government’s “political and military agenda,” including over the war in Ukraine. The Committee on the Rights of the Child held two days of hearings in Geneva last month before presenting its findings on conditions in Russia. The examination…

Finland extends closure of Russian border, saying Moscow hasn’t stopped sending migrants

Finland’s government said Thursday that it would extend the closure of its long border with Russia for another two months until April 14, because it sees no signs that Moscow was stopping its “hybrid operation” of funneling migrants toward the frontier with the Nordic nation. Finland closed the 832-mile land border late last year after about 1,300 migrants without proper documentation or visas had arrived…

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