Articles by The Associated Press May 21, 2022

Montana not following transgender birth certificate ruling
The Associated Press

— It's been a month since a Montana judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a state law that required transgender people to undergo surgery before they could change their gender on their birth certificate, and the state still isn't in compliance with the court order, the ACLU of Montana said. Jon E . . .

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A California man who started wildfire that killed 12 endangered condors gets 24 years in prison
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SALINAS, Calif. — A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter was sentenced to 24 years in state prison, prosecutors said. The blaze erupted on Aug. 18, 2020, on the central coast northwest of Los Angeles. It destroyed 10 homes a . . .

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Former Missouri hospital worker charged with murder 20 years after spate of deaths
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Twenty years later, Hall was charged this month with first-degree murder in one of the deaths — that of 75-year-old Fern Franco. He said Hall became a scapegoat for the deaths at Hedrick because of an arson conviction that she was cleared of in 2005. It’s unclear if Hall will face additional murder . . .

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Gun in 8-year-old’s backpack goes off at Chicago school, mom charged
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A Chicago mother has been charged with child endangerment after a gun in her second grader’s backpack accidentally discharged at school, injuring a 7-year-old classmate, police said Wednesday. The 28-year-old woman appeared in court on Wednesday on three misdemeanor child endangerment counts. During . . .

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13-year-old arrested in Cinco de Mayo shooting that injured 5
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A 13-year-old central Washington boy is accused of shooting five people during a Cinco de Mayo festival. The teen was being held at the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of five counts of first-degree assault in connection with the May 6 incident in Sunnyside, The Yakima Herald-Repu . . .

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Afghan Taliban order female TV anchors to cover their faces
The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers ordered all female presenters on TV channels to cover their faces on air, the country’s biggest media outlet said Thursday. The statement called the order “final and non-negotiable,” the channel said. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and p . . .

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White Wisconsin man gets 10 years in prison for racist acid attack
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MADISON, Wis. — A judge sentenced a white Wisconsin man to a decade in prison Wednesday for throwing acid in a Latino man’s face in a racist attack at a Milwaukee bus stop. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jean Marie Kies told Clifton Blackwell, 64, that he acted with hate when he threw the acid on Ma . . .

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Ford recalls SUVs over reports of engines catching fire even when turned off
The Associated Press

DETROIT — Ford is asking the owners of 350,000 vehicles to take them to dealers for repairs in three recalls, including about 39,000 that should be parked outdoors because the engines can catch fire. Ford says in U.S. government documents posted Thursday that it doesn’t know what’s causing fires in . . .

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Climber from Japan presumed dead after crevasse fall in Alaska
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A climber from Japan is presumed dead following a fall into a crevasse near Mount Hunter in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, officials said. The park, in a statement, said a 43-year-old climber from Kanagawa, Japan, was unroped from his teammates when he fell through a . . .

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NYC paramedic shot, wounded by patient in back of ambulance
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An on-duty New York City paramedic was shot and wounded by a patient he was treating in a moving ambulance Wednesday night. Police Inspector Mark Molinari said the 37-year-old suspect was reported being disorderly outside the Funkey Monkey Lounge in the borough of Staten Island. On the way to the ho . . .

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