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No. 4 House Democrat issues call for impeachment inquiry

Aug. 19, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Monday became the highest-ranking Democrat in the House to call for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, saying it's time to hold him accountable. The New Mexico congressman, third in line behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a 2020 candidate...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Parents of 2 killed during police chase settle lawsuit

Aug. 19, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

PEVELY, Mo. (AP) — The parents or two men killed during a police chase in 2014 have settled lawsuits against the city of Pevely for a total of $347,500. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a federal judge approved the settlement Monday. Toya Steed, mother of 21-year-old Lavoy Savalas Steed, will receive...

Man accused in Jewish center video threat pleads not guilty

Aug. 19, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

STRUTHERS, Ohio (AP) — A 20-year-old Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to threatening a Jewish community center in a video police say shows him shooting a rifle. A judge near Youngstown set bond at $250,000 for James Reardon on Monday and ordered him to stay away from Jewish churches and organizations if he...

Sexual abuse lawsuit against Mormon church on hold

Aug. 19, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawsuit by a woman who accused The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of covering for a former missionary leader who she says raped her in the 1980s is on hold as she tries to find a new attorney. McKenna Denson said Monday during a telephone court hearing that she's been...

Judge rejects bid to move murder trial, begins Sept. 3

Aug. 19, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — The judge in the case of an Ohio woman accused of killing and burying her newborn daughter on Monday again rejected a defense bid to move the murder trial and said jury selection will begin Sept. 3. Attorneys for Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, say her home county has been...

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

Aug. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the unarmed man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force....

Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

Aug. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised...

Slain Chinese scholar's family to give $20K for help in case

Aug. 19, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The parents of a University of Illinois scholar from China who was abducted and killed two years ago are giving at least $20,000 to people who provided authorities with crucial information that led to the arrest and conviction of their daughter's killer. The money will come from a...

Illinois man to be sentenced for threatening Arizona senator

Aug. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator is expected to be sentenced Monday in Phoenix. The guilty plea previously entered by 58-year-old James Dean Blevins calls for him to serve probation for threatening an...