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California appeals court rejects COVID-19 fines for church

Aug. 16, 2022 21:19 PM EDT

A California church that defied safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic by holding large religious services won't have to pay about $200,000 in fines, a state appeals court ruled. Calvary Chapel San Jose and its pastors were held in contempt of court and fined in 2020 and...

Family sues police over fatal shooting at Maryland home

Aug. 16, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

CROFTON, Md. (AP) — The family of a Maryland man fatally shot by a police officer filed a federal civil right lawsuit Monday against the department and individual officers. Dyonta Quarles Jr. was shot Jan. 30 when Anne Arundel County officers responded to his Crofton home after his...

Lawsuit: Mississippi police 'terrorized' small town

Aug. 16, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Police have “terrorized” Black residents in a small Mississippi town by subjecting them to false arrests, excessive force and intimidation, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by a civil rights organization. The organization, JULIAN, is seeking a...

Oregon justice fires panel due to lack of public defenders

Aug. 15, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's chief justice fired all the members of the Public Defense Services Commission on Monday, frustrated that hundreds of defendants charged with crimes and who cannot afford an attorney have been unable to obtain public defenders to represent them. The...

Court: Mask order didn't violate shop's free speech rights

Aug. 15, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County health officials didn't violate free speech protections when they cited a Middleton cafe for advertising itself as a “mask-free zone” during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Helbachs Cafe posted a sign in July 2020 saying the shop was...

Judge again refuses to block use of law in NC AG probe

Aug. 15, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday again refused to block a North Carolina district attorney from pursuing charges using a specific state law about a 2020 television commercial run by state Attorney General Josh Stein’s campaign. Campaign lawyers for Stein, a...

Colorado to spar over discrimination case in Supreme Court

Aug. 12, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its anti-discrimination law in the face of a challenge by a Christian web designer who does not want to create custom wedding websites for same-sex couples and claims the state law violates her right to free speech. ...

Cuomo: Taxpayers should pay sexual harassment legal bills

Aug. 11, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants taxpayers to foot his legal bills as he defends himself against a workplace sexual harassment claim — and he's suing the state's attorney general over it. Cuomo filed the suit against Attorney General Letitia James on...

Soldier's assault suit against officers can proceed to trial

Aug. 10, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Army lieutenant who was pepper-sprayed, struck and handcuffed during a traffic stop in Virginia can present his claims of false imprisonment and assault and battery to a jury, a federal judge has ruled. But the summary judgment Tuesday said federal...

Police sued over wrongful arrest deny racial profiling claim

Aug. 05, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police department whose officers are accused of wrongfully arresting a Black man while pursuing a white suspect said Friday that an outside investigation found no evidence of racial profiling. The town manager for Arlington, a Boston suburb, and its...