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Another effort to block Oregon vaccine mandate denied

Oct. 20, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A second federal judge in Oregon has rejected an emergency motion to halt the state’s vaccine mandate or make an exception for state workers who have contracted COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the U.S. Constitution offers no...

Officer's suit in protest injury goes to Louisiana court

Oct. 20, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court is now faced with the question of whether a police officer — seriously injured by an unknown assailant in a 2016 demonstration against police brutality — has grounds to pursue a lawsuit against the high-profile protest organizer under state...

Montana media groups appeal ruling over closed GOP meeting

Oct. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Members of the Montana media are appealing a state judge's ruling in a lawsuit over whether Republican members of a legislative committee legally held a secret meeting before voting on bills involving abortion and transgender health care. The media...

Judge denies police union's effort to recuse her from case

Oct. 20, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge who ordered the president of Chicago's police officers' union to stop publicly encouraging his members to disobey the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Wednesday refused the union's request to recuse herself from the case. The union wanted Cook...

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre

Oct. 20, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering 17 people during a rampage at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving a jury to decide whether he will be executed for one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings. ...

Judge: Arco partly responsible for aluminum plant cleanup

Oct. 20, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the Atlantic Richfield Co. is partially responsible for millions of dollars in cleanup costs at the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant that it sold more than 35 years ago. Arco owned the aluminum smelting...

North Dakota can claim pipeline policing costs as damages

Oct. 20, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D, (AP) — North Dakota can continue to pursue reimbursement from the federal government of the millions of dollars spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Traynor on Tuesday denied...

State appeals decision to block Montana's new abortion laws

Oct. 20, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Attorney General is appealing in the state Supreme Court against a decision by a district court judge to block several laws restricting abortion access while a legal challenge is underway. Republican Attorney General Austin Knudsen filed...

R. Kelly's Chicago trial on federal sex charges set Aug. 1

Oct. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York. ...

Silverton man gets 25 years for child rape

Oct. 19, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Silverton man convicted of raping a child was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday. The Statesman Journal reports a jury found Mauricio Barba Duran guilty of first-degree rape and sodomy in Polk County Circuit Court following a four-day trial,...