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Trump search: what can come next in the investigation with legal peril

WASHINGTON (AP) — A newly released FBI document is helping flesh out an investigation into classified documents at President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida. But many questions remain, particularly because half of the affidavit, which explained why the FBI searched the property, was blacked out. A Justice Department official described the investigation as in its early stages, suggesting there is still work to be done as investigators review the documents they have removed and continue to interview witnesses. At a minimum, the investigation presents a political distraction for Trump as he lays the groundwork for a possible presidential race. And then there is the obvious legal peril.

Rival Chechen fighters wage war on Ukraine’s battlefields

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Fighters from Chechnya, the war-torn Russian republic, are participating on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine. The pro-Kyiv volunteers are loyal to Dzhokhar Dudayev, the late Chechen leader who led the republic’s campaign for independence from Russia. They form the ‘Dudayev Battalion’ and are sworn enemies of Chechen forces who support Russian President Vladimir Putin and have joined Russia in the siege of Mariupol and other trouble spots in eastern and southern Ukraine. At a training site near Kyiv, Chechen volunteers practiced the basics of combat on Saturday, including how to drop explosive devices carried by drones. A Chechen volunteer said that Ukraine had to win this war, otherwise Russia would then attack the Baltic countries, Georgia or Kazakhstan.

Abrams and Georgia Dems call midterms ‘unfinished business’

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrats had a contested gubernatorial primary four years ago because the party’s old guard didn’t believe in Stacey Abrams. She routed their alternative and, in a narrow electoral defeat, established herself as the de facto party leader in a new battleground state. It was a preview of 2020. Joe Biden put Georgia in the Democratic presidential column for the first time in 28 years, and Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff quickly captured Senate seats to give Democrats control of Capitol Hill. . This year, Abrams and Warnock lead the Democratic ticket as the party tries to replicate its success in a tough midterm election landscape.

At $249 a day, jail stints leave ex-cons deep in debt

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A few states have amended or repealed “pay to stay” laws that require former prisoners to reimburse states for the cost of their time in prison, sometimes at daily rates exceeding what they would have paid to stay in a luxury hotel. Connecticut became the latest state to change its law this summer. Even with the changes, some former prisoners remain deeply in debt. A Connecticut woman who was charged nearly $84,000 for her 2.5-year jail term has filed a federal lawsuit saying that even after the reforms, the state law is unconstitutional.

Judge plans to appoint special master in Trump records case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has asked the Justice Department to provide him with more specific information about classified records removed from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate. In an order on Saturday, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida said it was her “preliminary intent” to appoint a special master in the case. A special master is often a former judge. Trump’s attorneys have called for an independent review of the records taken to identify those that may be protected by executive privilege and dismiss those that fall outside the search warrant. Cannon has scheduled a hearing for Thursday.

Pope expands ranks of cardinals likely to choose successor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a solemn ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis has expanded the ranks of clerics now eligible to vote for his successor in the event of death or resignation. Of the 20 clerics elevated to the rank of cardinal on Saturday, 16 are under 80 and therefore eligible to attend a conclave. It is the closed assembly of cardinals who vote to elect a pontiff. The latest cardinals include a bishop from the United States, a missionary representing the small Catholic flock in Mongolia and an archbishop from the environmentally vulnerable Amazon region, an area of ​​papal concern. Robert Walter McElroy of San Diego, one of the new cardinals, said the Pope had mobility issues “but it doesn’t affect his spirit”.

US agents in Memphis seize ancient Egyptian artifact shipped

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal agents in Memphis have seized a potentially 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact that was shipped from Europe. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it intercepted the lid of the Egyptian canopic jar of the funerary deity Imsety on August 17. The jars were used to hold the internal organs of mummies. The agency says the item was sent by a dealer to a private buyer in the United States and the sender made conflicting statements about its value. Authorities say the object is protected by bilateral treaties and is an archaeological import subject to seizure under the Cultural Property Convention Implementation Act 1983. The artifact was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further examination.

Diana’s car auctioned as 25th anniversary of her death nears

LONDON (AP) — A car driven by Princess Diana in the 1980s sold for 650,000 pounds ($764,000) at auction on Saturday, days before the 25th anniversary of her death. Silverstone Auctions says there was “fierce bidding” for the black Ford Escort RS Turbo before the sale closed. The unnamed British buyer paid a 12.5% ​​buyer’s premium on top of the sale price, according to the classic car auction house. Britain and Diana’s admirers around the world are gearing up to mark a quarter of a century since her death. She died in a high-speed car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997. Diana drove the Escort from 1985 to 1988.

School districts are moving to alleviate teacher stress and burnout

CONCORD, NH (AP) — School districts across the country are beginning to invest in programs to address teacher mental health. Faced with a shortage of educators and widespread dissatisfaction with the job, districts are hiring more therapists, conducting self-care training, and implementing a system to better respond to a teacher dealing with anxiety and stress. It comes as surveys show teachers are unhappy with their jobs. In a survey conducted by the Rand Corporation, twice as many principals and teachers reported frequent work-related stress as other working adults.

Bills releases punter Matt Araiza after alleged gang rape

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Facing a major public backlash and internal questions over the decision to award Matt Araiza the punting job, the Buffalo Bills turned the tide by dropping the rookie on Saturday, two days after the filing of a complaint alleging the player and two college teammates gang-raped a teenager last fall.

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