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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson dunks during the third quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Judge sides with Zion Williamson against ex-marketing agent

Jan. 20, 2021 7:59 PM EST

A federal judge in North Carolina has ruled in favor of New Orleans Pelicans player Zion Williamson in a case concerning a contract he terminated with a Florida-based marketing agent who is seeking $100 million in damages from the former Duke star. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs in Winston-Salem, North...

Maricopa County, Senate working to end election fight

Jan. 20, 2021 5:54 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County officials and the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate on Wednesday agreed to avoid further court hearings while they work on a deal to get the Senate a raft of data from November's election. The move could lead to an end of a bitter dispute over subpoenas issued by the...

FILE - State Rep. Jim Harrison, second left, speaks at a House subcommittee meeting in Columbia, S.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that a prosecutor investigating Statehouse corruption overstepped his authority, but also upheld an 18-month prison sentence for one of the lawmakers caught up in the probe. Harrison appealed his 2018 convictions on misconduct in office and perjury charges. (AP Photo/Virginia Postic)

Divided SC Supreme Court rebukes Statehouse probe prosecutor

Jan. 20, 2021 5:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a prosecutor investigating Statehouse corruption overstepped his authority, but also upheld an 18-month prison sentence for one of the lawmakers caught up in the probe. Rep. Jim Harrison appealed his 2018 convictions on...

Baltimore man convicted on false testimony wins 100K payment

Jan. 20, 2021 5:09 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials in Maryland's largest city approved a $100,000 settlement Wednesday for a man who drew a firearms conviction based on the false testimony of a police officer later found guilty of perjury. Baltimore’s Board of Estimates voted unanimously to grant the settlement to Yusef...

Judge: Maxwell's sex relationships with adults can be secret

Jan. 19, 2021 8:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Testimony by Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend about her sexual experiences with consenting adults can remain secret when a transcript is released next week, a judge said Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhattan pertained to a July 2016 deposition of...

A woman identified only by her first name Anchan, right, talks to her friend as she arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced the retired civil servant to a record 43.5 years in prison for insulting the monarchy by posting audio clips online of comments critical of the royal institution. (AP Photo)

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

Jan. 19, 2021 7:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the...

Bill mirrors court ruling on filling open legislative seats

Jan. 19, 2021 6:51 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota legislative leaders are proposing a bill that spells out the process for filling the seat of a victorious candidate who dies or resigns before taking office, after a similar scenario last fall resulted in a clash between the governor and lawmakers. Republican House...

Arizona renewable energy standards targeted by GOP lawmakers

Jan. 19, 2021 6:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature is moving to strip the state utility regulation commission of the power to require electric utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources. Identical proposals in the House and Senate would stop the Arizona...

Stepmother accused of killing stepson found trial competent

Jan. 19, 2021 5:50 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge in Colorado ruled Tuesday that a stepmother who is accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson is competent to stand trial. The case against Letecia Stauch, 37, will now advance to a two-day preliminary hearing where prosecutors will present evidence they say support...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Martin Shkreli arrives at federal court in New York. A federal judge has rejected convicted pharmaceutical executive's Martin Shkreli's second request to be let out of prison early, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, showing skepticism about his claim in court papers that mental health issues have weakened his immune system and made him more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli loses 2nd bid for early prison release

Jan. 19, 2021 5:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — That’s another no for the “Pharma Bro.” A federal judge has rejected convicted pharmaceutical executive’s Martin Shkreli’s second request to be let out of prison early, showing skepticism about his claim in court papers that mental health issues have...