U.S. judge blocks release of Georgia woman in Capitol riot

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Washington, D.C., judge has issued an emergency order preventing the release of a Georgia woman involved in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Lisa Eisenhart is accused of breaking into the Capitol with her son, Eric Munchel of Nashville, Tennessee. Both were arrested and are being held in Nashville. In separate hearings, a Nashville judge had ordered them released to home confinement. In an emergency order Tuesday, a federal judge in the District of Columbia blocked Eisenhart’s release and ordered her transported to D.C. The judge issued the same order for Munchel on Sunday.last_img read more

South Carolina Senate passes bill outlawing most abortions

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state. The 30-13 vote Thursday overcomes years of hurdles thanks to Republican winning new seats in last year’s elections. The Senate vote is likely the final hurdle for the bill. It has passed the House easily in previous years and Gov. Henry McMaster has repeatedly said he will sign it as soon as he can. The measure requires doctors to use an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat if they think pregnant women are at least eight weeks along. If a heartbeat is found, the abortion can’t take place.last_img read more

Russian hack brings changes, uncertainty to US court system

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal experts raised alarm when U.S. court officials confirmed that their electronic case files had been compromised as part of a sweeping attack on U.S. computer networks. Russian hackers seemingly gained access to a vast trove of private information hidden in sealed files, and that could include trade secrets, espionage targets, whistleblower reports and arrest warrants. Trial lawyers are now preparing to hand-deliver hard copies of highly sensitive documents to the courts instead of uploading them online. Some people worry that the new rules will reduce public access to court proceedings, but the rules could also make judges rethink whether a seal or paper filing is really necessary.last_img read more

Biden and GOP senators offer competing COVID-19 relief plans

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and a group of 10 Senate Republicans are offering competing proposals to help the United States respond to the coronavirus pandemic and provide economic relief to businesses and families. The president met with the senators on Monday at the White House.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki is describing the meeting as “an exchange of ideas” and not a forum for Biden to “make or accept an offer.” The topline numbers are this: Biden’s plan calls for an additional $1.9 trillion in federal spending. The 10 GOP senators are calling for about $618 billion.last_img read more

Indonesia to deport British woman who married militant

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities say they plan to deport a British woman married to a slain Indonesian militant because of a visa violation and her alleged link to a hard-line religious group. Police said Tazneen Miriam Sailar was taken to Jakarta’s immigration detention center after she was linked to the religious group Islamic Defenders Front, which was outlawed on Dec. 30. A National Police spokesperson says Sailar, a charity fundraiser who grew up in Manchester, converted to Islam when she married a Indonesian militant in 2010 who died in a combat zone in Syria in 2014. An immigration official says Sailar’s visa expired two years ago.last_img read more