Ap­peals court won’t step in for now on Trump tax records

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NEW YORK — A fed­eral ap­peals court said Fri­day it wouldn’t step in right away to de­lay New York prose­cu­tors’ ef­fort to get Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tax records, po­ten­tially leav­ing the Supreme Court as his most promis­ing op­tion to block prose­cu­tors’ sub­poena.

The 2nd U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals de­nied Trump’s re­quest to im­me­di­ately put Man­hat­tan District At­tor­ney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s sub­poena on hold while Trump ap­peals to try to get it in­val­i­dated.

The ap­peals court said it would hold a hear­ing on the re­quest for a de­lay, but not un­til Sept. 1. Af­ter win­ning a lower court rul­ing, Vance’s of­fice had agreed not to en­force the sub­poena be­fore Aug. 28.

The case has al­ready been to the Supreme Court and back, and Trump has said he ex­pects it to end up there again.

Even if the tax records ul­ti­mately are sub­poe­naed, they would be part of a con­fi­den­tial grand jury in­ves­ti­ga­tion and not au­to­mat­i­cally made pub­lic.

Golden State Killer apol­o­gizes

SACRA­MENTO, Calif. — Just be­fore re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple con­sec­u­tive life sen­tences, Joseph James DeAn­gelo, the for­mer Cal­i­for­nia po­lice of­fi­cer who lived a dou­ble life as the mur­der­ous so­ciopath dubbed the Golden State Killer, re­spon­si­ble for at least 13 killings and dozens of rapes, broke his si­lence to tell a hushed court­room filled with vic­tims and their fam­ily mem­bers that he was “truly sorry” for the crimes.

Panda birth pro­vides ‘much-needed’ joy

WASH­ING­TON — De­liv­er­ing a “much­needed mo­ment of pure joy,” the Na­tional Zoo’s gi­ant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a wig­gling cub Fri­day at a time of global pan­demic and so­cial un­rest.

An ex­pe­ri­enced mom, “Mei Xiang picked the cub up im­me­di­ately and be­gan cradling and car­ing for it,” the zoo said in a state­ment. “The panda team heard the cub vo­cal­ize.”

Joseph James DeAn­gelo

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