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Former Alabama judge pleads guilty to theft, abuse of power

Oct. 31, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge who resigned earlier this year while under indictment has pleaded guilty to three felony charges of theft and abuse of power. Doug Patterson's plea Friday negates his trial that had been scheduled in about two weeks. Instead, he faces up to 40 years in prison at...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. A U.S. judge on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide. The judge called them

Judge orders Postal Service to take extraordinary measures

Oct. 31, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service. Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, issued...

Man gets life in prison in fatal stabbing of estranged wife

Oct. 31, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A man who admitted to fatally stabbing a his estranged wife in Delaware was sentenced to life in prison. Carlos Ferrer-Vasquez was sentenced Friday in the 2019 killing of Dimary Vasquez-Rolon at an apartment complex south of Wilmington, the News Journal of Wilmington reported....

Sentencing set for nursing assistant in VA hospital killings

Oct. 31, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing assistant who has pleaded guilty to intentionally killing seven people with fatal doses of insulin at a West Virginia veterans hospital is scheduled to be sentenced in February. News outlets report that a judge has scheduled Reta Mays' sentencing for Feb. 18 and...

Man wrongly arrested in fatal Texas shooting sues officials

Oct. 31, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who was arrested and charged with murder a year ago in a fatal shooting near Greenville, Texas, before being cleared is suing the county sheriff's office, sheriff and law enforcement officials for more than $3 million. The lawsuit by Brandon Gonzales, 24, filed Tuesday and...

Warrant issued for former University of Evansville coach

Oct. 31, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A judge has issued an arrest warrant for former University of Evansville basketball coach Walter McCarty after he missed a court hearing in a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of a bank. McCarty, who was fired in January by the university after an investigation revealed allegations of...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, demonstrators gather near the Lincoln Memorial as final preparations are made for the March on Washington, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s

Black Lives Matter faces test of its influence in election

Oct. 31, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Lives Matter has been a lot of things in its brief, fiery life. It has been a slogan, a rallying point. A movement that led protests coast to coast, calling for America to get serious about preventing Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement. A heaven-sent resource for people like...

Rapid City Civic Center took huge steps to keep hockey team

Oct. 31, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Civic Center Director Craig Baltzer said he knew the former owners of the Rush were in serious financial trouble in 2017, but the extent of circumstances surrounding the problem were not as evident. “I remember it distinctly that in December 2017, (former Rush owner) Scott...

Prosecutors block sex offense cases from Cook County judge

Oct. 31, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago teenager pleaded with Cook County Judge James Linn to impose the maximum prison sentence on the man who sexually assaulted her and her two sisters for several years and threatened to kill them if they told anyone. “I just want justice to be served the correct way. With...

Kyle Rittenhouse appears for an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. The 17-year-old is accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wis.,  on Aug. 25, 2020, two days after a police officer trying to arrest Jacob Blake shot him seven times in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)

Illinois authorities extradite Kyle Rittenhouse to Wisconsin

Oct. 30, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been extradited to stand trial on homicide charges, with sheriff’s deputies in Illinois handing him over to their counterparts in Wisconsin shortly after a judge on Friday approved the...