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Documents: Georgia resort underpaid workers over $46,000

Mar. 22, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Newly released documents show a coastal Georgia resort violated labor laws more than 500 times and collectively underpaid employees by more than $46,000. The Brunswick News obtained the documents relating to violations at the Sea Island Resort earlier this month through a Freedom of...

Michigan's top court takes case involving documents at U-M

Mar. 14, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has accepted a case involving the University of Michigan and the papers of a man considered to be an influential voice in anti-immigration matters. Dr. John Tanton of Petoskey donated 25 boxes of papers to the university, but 11 boxes were to remain closed...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, former Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson participates in a news conference at police headquarters in Chicago. Chicago's fired police superintendent is receiving a monthly pension of more than $15,800, a report Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 said. Johnson, who was fired by Mayor Lori Lightfoot in December after she said he lied to her after a late weeknight in which he was found asleep in his city-issued SUV near his home, was awarded the pension by the Policemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing records it obtained under Illinois' Freedom of Information Act. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Fired Chicago Police superintendent getting $190K pension

Feb. 20, 2020 2:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's former police chief has been receiving a pension of more than $15,800 a month since the mayor fired him for allegedly lying about a night he was found asleep in his city-issued SUV, according to a newspaper report. Eddie Johnson was awarded the pension by the Policemen’s...

FILE - In this May, 4, 2019, file photo, University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert speaks during commencement exercises in Ann Arbor, Mich. The University of Michigan paid nearly $200,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that Philbert wrongly laid off an employee partly because he preferred to keep on a female researcher with whom he allegedly had an inappropriate relationship, according to terms of the settlement released Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP, File)

University of Michigan paid $200,000 in suit against provost

Feb. 18, 2020 3:24 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The University of Michigan paid nearly $200,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the school's chief academic officer of wrongly laying off an employee partly because he chose instead to retain a female researcher with whom he allegedly had an inappropriate relationship, the settlement shows. The...

Suit seeks radio recordings from Yarnell fire that killed 19

Feb. 14, 2020 5:40 PM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A former fire crew superintendent has argued in a lawsuit that radio recordings could reportedly shed light on the fatal wildfire in Arizona that killed 19 Prescott hotshot crew members. Former Payson Hotshot superintendent Fred Schoeffler filed the lawsuit in 2017, and seeks...

ACLU sues Montana over Keystone XL protest plans

Feb. 6, 2020 5:49 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Civil liberties advocates are taking Montana officials to court to force the public release of documents detailing the government’s planned response to anticipated protests against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The ACLU of Montana filed a lawsuit Thursday in state District Court...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, a couple who did not want to give their names embrace outside CVE Group as a bus from LaSalle Corrections Transport departs with detained workers after a raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Allen, Texas. The ACLU of Texas has filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the April 2019, raid of the business in the Dallas suburb. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

ACLU sues ICE over search warrants in Dallas-area raid

Feb. 6, 2020 2:56 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas sued the federal government over a raid near Dallas where immigration enforcement officials arrested hundreds of workers. The lawsuit was a response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s refusal to release the search warrants associated...

Illinois speaker defends handling of sexual misconduct probe

Feb. 4, 2020 11:02 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday defended his office’s handling of a sexual misconduct investigation into former Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks. The allegations against Franks date back to 2016, and Madigan said his actions were designed to protect an...