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California judge tentatively rejects cutting inmate crowding

Oct. 15, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the...

Truck driver convicted in Colorado pileup that killed 4

Oct. 15, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people and injured six others on a Colorado highway has been convicted of vehicular homicide and other charges. Rogel Lazaro Aguilera Mederos, 25, was convicted by a Jefferson County...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

Ruling could block Alabama execution scheduled next week

Oct. 15, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appellate court on Friday ordered a judge to consider a request to block an Alabama execution next week as attorneys argue the low-IQ inmate should have been given help understanding the prison paperwork that laid the groundwork for the planned lethal injection. ...

New Mexico judge denies lab workers' claim in vaccine fight

Oct. 15, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Friday denied a request by dozens of scientists and others at Los Alamos National Laboratory to block a vaccine mandate, meaning workers risk being fired if they don't comply with the lab's afternoon deadline. The case...

Bloomington man gets life in prison for 2018 triple homicide

Oct. 15, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A judge sentenced a central Illinois man to life in prison Friday on three counts of murder and other charges in a 2018 triple slaying to steal money and drugs. Prosecutors said Sydney Mays Jr., 25, of Bloomington fatally shot Nate Pena and...

Judge firms up trial date for Smollett, won't dismiss case

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019. An attorney...

Court: Town must turn over emails to gas pipeline builder

Oct. 15, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

A judge on Friday ordered the release of emails between officials in a Philadelphia suburb and the developer of a natural gas pipeline that was charged with environmental crimes related to construction of the multi-billion-dollar project. Officials in Middletown Township...

Idaho Lt. Gov. blames public records mess on press, lawyers

Oct. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

AMMON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin held a news conference Thursday to defend her decision to refuse to release public records until she lost a lawsuit over the matter, criticizing the Idaho Attorney General's office and accusing several news organizations of lying in their...

Michigan inmates win right to kosher meat, cheesecake

Oct. 15, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan must serve kosher meat, dairy and cheesecake to prisoners observing the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, a federal appeals court said, rejecting arguments that a special menu would be too costly and disruptive. The Corrections Department typically...