Nature groups want role in suit challenging marine monument

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the ocean off of New England are asking to intervene in a lawsuit. They say the nearly 5,000-square-mile monument area has "extraordinary scientific and ecological importance," including its rare deep-sea corals and endangered whales. Obama created the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in September using the Antiquities Act.

Nigeria summons Indian diplomat over attacks on students

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nigeria's foreign ministry has called in India's top diplomat to protest attacks on African students and demand arrests and prosecutions of perpetrators, Nigeria's official news agency said Thursday. Mobs have repeatedly attacked Africans in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that Nigerians had kidnapped a local boy who then died. Police initially arrested five Nigerian men but quickly released them for lack of evidence.

Police make arrest in deaths of South Carolina mom, daughter

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Police in South Carolina have made an arrest in a 2011 killing of a mother and her 3-year-old daughter that authorities called one of the most brutal crimes they have ever seen. Columbia police announced on Twitter they will give details about the arrest and how the case was cracked at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Putin: Criticism of Russia protest arrests is 'interference'

MOSCOW (AP) -- In the wake of Russia's largest outbreak of anti-government demonstrations in years, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday indicated authorities won't be cowed by protesters or Western criticism. Police arrested hundreds of people Sunday in scores of unsanctioned protest rallies against government corruption that took place across the country, a striking wave of defiance by an opposition that in recent years had appeared marginal and feckless.

The Latest: Hawaii AG: An appeal of travel ban ruling likely

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on a federal court's ruling in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 3:05 a.m. Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin says there is likely to be an appeal by the Department of Justice of the ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii who extended his previous block of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

Judge rules Mount Pleasant teen will stand trial for murder

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that a Mount Pleasant teenage murder suspect will stand trial. Media outlets report that a judge Wednesday refused to grant 19-year-old Matthew Fischer immunity in the death of 17-year-old Lucas Cavanaugh. Fischer's attorneys cited the state's "stand your ground" law when asking for immunity. Police said Fischer was at the home of his then-girlfriend Nicole Brown on Jan.

'Happy Endings' star Adam Pally arrested on drug charges

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor Adam Pally has been arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana in New York. New York City police spokesman Thomas Antonetti tells The Associated Press that Pally was arrested late Tuesday night in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. He faces a criminal possession charge for the cocaine and a possession of marijuana count. A court date is set for June.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

BASEBALL NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension was the fourth and least severe under the policy, which was agreed to in August 2015. New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was penalized 29 games, Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes 59 days and Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera 82 games. Familia was arrested Oct.

Senate hearing to focus on Russian disinformation tactics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some tactics Russia used to meddle in last year's presidential election would give shivers to anyone who believes in American democracy, the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat says. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia spoke ahead of a committee session Thursday that will address how the Kremlin allegedly uses technology to spread disinformation in the U.S. and Europe. Warner and the panel's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Trump University lawsuits face final hurdle to settlement

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- President Donald Trump faces one last hurdle to ending nearly seven years of lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University when a judge decides Thursday whether to approve a $25 million settlement with former customers. When attorneys reached a deal 10 days after Trump's election, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel said he hoped it would be part of "a healing process that this country very sorely needs.

'Dreamer' reunites with family, says he's hopeful for future

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Their hug was silent, their smiles broad. After more than six weeks in custody, a Mexican man who had been arrested despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was freed Wednesday pending deportation proceedings.

A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and from halting the U.S. refugee program.

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TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS-THE LATEST The Latest: Attorney general: Religious freedom affirmed HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's attorney general says a federal judge's decision to extend an order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban affirms values of religious freedom. State Attorney General Douglas Chin says Wednesday's longer-lasting ruling means that Muslims and refugees will face less uncertainty. U.S.

US fishing magnate dubbed 'The Codfather' set to change plea

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- A leading U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal. The U.S. attorney's office says Carlos Rafael has a change of plea hearing scheduled for Thursday. Rafael is the owner of one of the nation's largest commercial fishing operations.

S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was being questioned Thursday by a court that will decide if she should be arrested over corruption allegations that have already toppled her from power. Live TV footage earlier showed a stern-looking Park entering the Seoul Central District Court building amid a barrage of camera flashes. She did not comment to reporters.

Federal judge dismisses UNC as defendant in athlete lawsuit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- A federal judge has granted the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's request to dismiss the school from a lawsuit filed by two former Tar Heels athletes tied to its multiyear academic scandal. In a Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs stated the school had 11th Amendment immunity as an arm of the state that prevented it from being sued in federal court.