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Judge stays decision to reinstate airport police chief

Aug. 05, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has placed a hold on a decision to reinstate a deputy police chief at T.F. Green International Airport as the airport has appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court. Judge Alice Gibney found that the airport...

Jurisdictional question revived in suits over coastal loss

Aug. 05, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The question of whether lawsuits blaming big oil companies for loss of vulnerable Louisiana coastal wetlands will be tried in state courts, as local parish governments want, or in federal courts, as the oil companies want, has been revived by a federal appeals panel. ...

Schools sue and mayor defies Arkansas mask mandate ban

Aug. 05, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ ban on mask mandates faced new legal challenges -- including from a school district where more than 800 staff and students are quarantining because of a COIVD-19 outbreak -- and defiance from the mayor of the state capital as Republican lawmakers...

Court extends intimidation crime to transgender victims

Aug. 05, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan law that prohibits intimidation based on gender covers people who are transgender, the state Court of Appeals said Thursday. The court ruled in the case of a transgender woman who was shot in the shoulder after being confronted by a man at a...

Murder charges filed in Miami Beach spring break overdoses

Aug. 05, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two North Carolina men accused of raping a 24-year-old tourist who overdosed during spring break in Miami Beach now face first-degree murder charges. On Wednesday, a grand jury in Miami-Dade County found Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 25, both from...

Offers flooding in after woodland hermit's cabin burns down

Aug. 05, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An off-the-grid New Hampshire hermit known to locals as “River Dave” whose cabin burned down on wooded property where he was squatting for 27 years has been inundated with offers from as far away as California for a new place to live. David...

Appeals court upholds Tennessee's abortion waiting-period

Aug. 05, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, arguing that opponents had failed to identify instances where a woman had been significantly burdened by the requirement. The decision comes after a lower federal...

Canadian justice lawyer: US didn't mislead in Huawei arrest

Aug. 05, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — There is no evidence to support defense allegations the U.S. acted in bad faith or omitted evidence in an attempt to mislead an extradition hearing for a top executive at Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies, a Canadian government lawyer said...

No testimony yet from heir Robert Durst at his murder trial

Aug. 05, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Durst will have to wait at least until Monday to take the stand in his own defense, as a surprise early ending to the court day brought another delay to a murder trial that has seen an endless string them of them. The New York real estate heir...

DOJ settles lawsuit with New Jersey over voter registration

Aug. 05, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Department of Justice announced Thursday it has settled a lawsuit it filed against the state of New Jersey over voter registration opportunities for customers of disability transportation services. The lawsuit claimed disability transportation...