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Women's Hall of Fame inducts Sotomayor, Fonda, Allred

Sep. 14, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred were among the inductees at the National Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday. The Class of 2019 inducted into the hall in upstate New York also included activist Angela Davis , attorney Sarah Deer, fashion designer Diane von...

Drug company attorneys seek to disqualify federal judge

Sep. 14, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis want to disqualify the federal judge overseeing their cases, saying he has shown bias in his effort to obtain a multibillion-dollar global settlement. According to...

$11.5M settlement in Virginia over Navy hospital birth

Sep. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle a medical negligence lawsuit by a Virginia couple involving the birth of their son five years ago at a military hospital in Guam. A federal judge on Friday approved the monetary settlement to help the parents care for...

Judge throws out lawsuits alleging Chiquita funded massacres

Sep. 14, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out 10 lawsuits filed against banana giant Chiquita Brands International by Colombian families alleging the company funded a paramilitary that killed them. The Palm Beach Post reports that District Judge Kenneth Marra dismissed the lawsuits this...

Today in History

Sep. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2019. There are 108 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry" (later "The Star-Spangled Banner") after witnessing the American flag flying over...

The Latest: Huffman says she accepts college scam punishment

Sep. 13, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of actress Felicity Huffman in the nationwide college admissions bribery scam (all times local): 4:05 p.m. "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman says she takes full responsibility for her role in the college admissions scandal and deserves her punishment. A...

'I was stupid': Huffman gets 14 days in college scam

Sep. 13, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter's SAT scores, tearfully apologizing to the teenager for not trusting her to get into college on her own. "I was frightened, I was stupid, and I was so wrong," Huffman,...

Ohio gamer sentenced to 15 months prison in 'swatting' case

Sep. 13, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Ohio gamer upset about a $1.50 bet while playing Call of Duty: WWII online was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for recruiting a prankster to make a bogus emergency call that resulted in the fatal shooting of a Kansas man by police. Casey Viner, 19, of North College Hill,...

Jury awards $17M to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment

Sep. 13, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded three people who sued over a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state nearly $17 million for their pain and suffering. An eight-person jury in U.S. District Court in Tacoma decided Friday to award $7.75 million to Dale Skyllingstad, $7 million to Blaine...

Prize winning historian Jean Edward Smith dead at 86

Sep. 13, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jean Edward Smith, a prize-winning historian known for his books on Franklin Roosevelt and Ulysses Grant, has died. He was 86. Simon & Schuster confirmed his death Friday but did not immediately have further details. A longtime professor at the University of Toronto, Smith wrote more...