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Judge: Decatur can ignore 2010 vote, keep full-time mayor

Sep. 20, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to force the city of Decatur to follow the results of a 2010 referendum in which a majority of voters backed the city adopting a city manager form of government. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon means that, at least for...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a  news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. An Associated Press review of medical records for four detained immigrant women at the detention center and interviews with lawyers have revealed growing allegations that a gynecologist performed surgeries that the women never sought or didn’t fully understand. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery in detention

Sep. 18, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen. There were three small, circular marks. The 39-year-old woman from Cuba was told only that she would undergo an...

Fired, pro-Black Lives Matter officer sues to get job back

Sep. 18, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer who was cleared of charges that he falsified records is suing to get his job back, saying officials were retaliating for his support of Black Lives Matter. Bryan Turner, who is Black, sued the city and the Philadelphia Police Department this week in...

State attorneys defend law allowing universal voting by mail

Sep. 18, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for the Delaware Department of Elections are asking a Chancery Court judge to reject the state Republican Party’s challenge to a new law allowing universal voting by mail in the November election. The GOP filed a lawsuit last month arguing lawmakers in the...

Postal service to stop misleading mailers in Colorado

Sep. 18, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday agreed to destroy any mailers with misleading information about Colorado mail voting that it had not already sent, settling a lawsuit filed by the state's top elections official. The postal service already sent 2.4 million postcards to the state's 4.1 million...

Judge finds state improperly released test scores to media

Sep. 18, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction violated state law when it withheld voucher students' standardized test scores for a day last fall, a judge ruled Friday. School Choice Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a conservative law firm, sued the department...

Hospital accused of altering records wants case sealed

Sep. 18, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania hospital wants a judge to seal all records and issue a gag order in a long-running wrongful death suit that alleges hospital officials altered the medical records of a 44-year-old man who died after going to the emergency room with chest pain and breathing difficulties. In an unusual legal filing...

SC justices reopen courtroom with school funding lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Meeting in person for oral arguments for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday over whether Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to direct $32 million in federal pandemic relief funds to private schools. A...

Lawsuit: Catholic school principal fired for reporting abuse

Sep. 18, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former principal at a West Virginia Catholic high school has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against a diocese, alleging he was let go for reporting complaints of inappropriate contact involving a priest and for firing a football coach. Former Parkersburg Catholic High...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. A U.S. judge on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide. The judge called them

US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

Sep. 18, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was...