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Kentucky female prison guards settle harassment suit: $1.5M

Oct. 16, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) — The state of Kentucky will pay $1.5 million to four women who accused their supervisor at a prison of sexually harassing them while they worked there. The four women had sued Sgt. Stephen Harper and won a $1.6 million jury verdict, but the Department of Corrections appealed the...

Trump warns Honduras over migrant caravan now in Guatemala

Oct. 16, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut aid to Honduras if it doesn't stop a caravan of some 2,000 migrants, even as they resumed their northward trek through Guatemala with hopes of reaching the U.S. border. Despite having walked all day Monday with swollen,...

Ruling: Kansas gun law no defense to federal firearm charges

Oct. 16, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld the firearms convictions against two Kansas men who mistakenly believed that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected on Tuesday challenges by...

The Latest: US might help with Khashoggi investigation

Oct. 16, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says "serious evaluation" is being given over whether U.S. law enforcement officials will aid in the...

Court picks prosecutor to defend ruling on Arpaio's pardon

Oct. 16, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Los Angeles attorney has been appointed to defend a ruling by a lower court judge who refused to erase the criminal record of former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was pardoned by President Trump. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday picked Christopher G. Caldwell to argue...

Maryland's Jealous would broaden gun-control, oppose Trump

Oct. 16, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Ben Jealous said Tuesday that if he were elected governor over a popular Republican incumbent he would support broadening a new Maryland gun-control law to restrict firearms access to people found to be a risk to themselves or others. The former NAACP president also said he would...

Owners of dogs killed by police win civil rights appeal

Oct. 16, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal court says the owners of three dogs killed by Detroit police during a raid can pursue a civil rights lawsuit against the officers. The city argued that the unlicensed dogs were illegal under a 99-year-old Michigan law. But an appeals court says police can't "kill every unlicensed...

Spain pressured to free imprisoned Catalan activists

Oct. 16, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Politicians and human rights groups urged the Spanish government Tuesday to release imprisoned separatists facing rebellion and other charges from the Catalonia region's push for independence, including two activists put into pre-trial detention a year ago. Catalan regional...

Missoula passes amended emergency gun ban in public places

Oct. 16, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Missoula City Council passed two ordinances banning firearms in public places. Both ordinances, passed Monday, ban firearms at all polling places, schools, parks, museums, libraries and the city council chambers. The first was an emergency ordinance that went into effect...

Mandan police won't identify man, officer in shooting

Oct. 16, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Mandan police aren't releasing the name of a man injured in an officer-involved shooting because they're unsure whether he will try to invoke crime-victim rights under the North Dakota Constitution. Mandan Police Deputy Chief Lori Flaten told the Bismarck Tribune that an officer shot...