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Federal judge requires vaccines for California prison staff

Sep. 27, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption, as he tries to head off another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San...

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A...

Tennessee AG to appeal school mask opt-out rulings

Sep. 27, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday said his office would appeal the recent federal court decisions that blocked Gov. Bill Lee's order allowing families to opt out of school mask mandates. “These orders have impeded the...

John Hinckley, who shot Reagan, to be freed from oversight

Sep. 27, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

A federal judge said Monday that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan four decades ago, can be freed from all remaining restrictions next year if he continues to follow those rules and remains mentally stable. U.S. District Court Judge Paul...

R. Kelly's life, from troubled talent to trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly has long faced and denied allegations of lurid behavior and sex abuse. A jury has now found him guilty of sex trafficking in a federal trial in New York stemming from those allegations. A timeline of Kelly’s life: — Jan....

Georgia judge upholds disqualification of mayoral candidate

Sep. 27, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge Monday upheld a city official’s decision to disqualify a candidate for mayor because of a past felony conviction. Julius Hall had filed paperwork to run in the November election for mayor of Port Wentworth, a city of 11,000...

Judge rejects lawsuit on early end to unemployment benefits

Sep. 27, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a decision by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's administration to end unemployment benefits under the federal CARES Act early, saying the claims are based on flawed interpretations of state law. The...

Woman convicted of vehicular homicide in officer's death

Sep. 27, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman of vehicular homicide by intoxication in the hit-and-run death of a Chattanooga police officer. Jurors deliberated at the Hamilton County Courthouse for nearly 15 hours before returning the verdict on Saturday for...

State senator acquitted on 15 charges in federal theft case

Sep. 27, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator charged with stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school she operated has been acquitted on 15 of 20 charges, according to court records. U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl Lipman filed the order...

Jailed Belarus opposition leader wins European rights prize

Sep. 27, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Council of Europe on Monday awarded its major human rights prize to jailed Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova, who was arrested last year after she tore up her passport at the border to prevent her forced expulsion from the country. Earlier...