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British company pleads to smuggling endangered-species goods

Oct. 17, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A British company has pleaded guilty to smuggling items into the U.S. made from endangered species. Court documents indicate The British Shop used false shipping labels to ship the items to America, including suitcases and cigar boxes made from crocodile leather, sawfish blades and...

Judge blocks Trump from easing energy rules in US West

Oct. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from easing rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven Western states, saying such activities left unchecked were likely to harm a struggling bird species.   The ground-dwelling greater...

2 accused in probe of Giuliani associates are due in court

Oct. 17, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two businessmen were set to be arraigned Thursday on charges they conspired with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions. David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin are among four men charged with using straw donors to make illegal contributions to politicians they...

Prison officials ask to toss lawsuit on execution access

Oct. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims prison officials are unconstitutionally limiting public access to executions in Virginia. The lawsuit filed last month by four news organizations alleges that the department is violating...

Bicycle deliveryman acquitted in fatal stabbing of developer

Oct. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury found a Philadelphia bicycle deliveryman not guilty Thursday of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a real estate developer in a case that carried racial implications. The jury agreed that 22-year-old Michael White had acted in self-defense in the July 2018 stabbing...

J&J agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices

Oct. 17, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women's sagging pelvic organs. Ohio's attorney general said Thursday an investigation found that J&J, the world's biggest health...

Ex-sheriff gets probation in tax case

Oct. 17, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama sheriff will avoid going to prison after pleading guilty to failing to file tax returns. News outlets report a federal magistrate sentenced former Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin to two years on probation during a hearing in Huntsville on Thursday. The...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive. Gordon Sondland's closed-door testimony to House impeachment...

No prison for officer in fatal citizens academy exercise

Oct. 17, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer who accidentally shot and killed a woman during a citizens academy exercise will serve no prison time. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that 31-year-old Lee Coel pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter as part of a deal with...

Wyoming man pleads not guilty to drug deal allegations

Oct. 17, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including child endangerment after bringing a baby to a suspected drug deal. The Rawlins Daily Times reported Wednesday that 34-year-old Andrew Engle faces up to 37 years in prison and $45,000 in fines after being charged with...