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Tennessee judge rules election panel violated open meetings

Sep. 25, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge ruled on Friday the state's Registry of Election Finance violated open meetings law when it held a vote by email on the eve of an election filing deadline. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle rejected the state's argument that the vote was inconsequential...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C.  Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians had their mail-in ballots accepted in the first week of voting, according to data released Friday, Sept. 11 by the State Board of Elections. North Carolina was the first state in the country to send absentee ballots to voters who requested them..  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

NC elections board, Republicans spar over absentee changes

Sep. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's currently Democratic-only elections board exchanged public jabs with state Republican heavyweights on Friday over the efficacy and legality of a brokered agreement intended to ease some absentee ballot rules for the November election. The State Board of Elections this...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, people rest on grass while reading at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The university and attorneys for student-athletes, who challenged the Ivy League school's decision to reduce several women's varsity sports teams to club status, announced a proposed settlement Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Brown women's sports settlement gets preliminary approval

Sep. 25, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

A federal judge on Friday gave preliminary approval to a settlement between Brown University and student-athletes who had challenged the Ivy League school's decision to drop several women's varsity sports. The settlement announced earlier this month restores the women’s equestrian and women’s...

FILE - In this July 25, 2017, file photo, Alphabet stock is shown on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York.  Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020,  in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of sexual misconduct by executives. Thousands of Google employees walked out of work in protest in 2018 after The New York Times revealed Android creator Andy Rubin received $90 million in severance even though several employees filed misconduct allegations against him. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Google parent agrees to $310M misconduct lawsuit settlement

Sep. 25, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of executives' sexual misconduct. Alphabet Inc. said Friday that it will prohibit severance packages for anyone fired for misconduct or is the subject of a sexual...

Music fan seriously hurt by stage diver wins $2M settlement

Sep. 25, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who suffered serious spinal injuries when a stage diver landed on his head during a concert in New Jersey has reached a $2 million settlement with the show's organizer. Jason Kooken, 46, of Exeter, was injured at an April 2017 punk music festival staged at...

School, teen agree to end lawsuit over sexual assault note

Sep. 25, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cape Elizabeth School Department has agreed to remove any record of discipline against a student who posted a note about sexual assault in a bathroom last year, ending an almost yearlong lawsuit. Aela Mansmann, 16, sued the district when her high school suspended her for posting...

FILE - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Kentucky’s Supreme Court has ruled, Thursday, Sept. 24,  that Beshear properly paid a law firm $4.2 million in legal fees for helping the state settle a lawsuit against opioid-maker Purdue Pharma when he was attorney general. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky Supreme Court: Legal fees OK in Purdue Pharma case

Sep. 25, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Andy Beshear properly paid a law firm $4.2 million in legal fees for helping the state settle a lawsuit against opioid-maker Purdue Pharma when he was attorney general. The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Beshear, a Democrat,...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, empty boxes await packages at the Wake County Board of Elections as workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing in preparation for the upcoming election, in Raleigh, N.C. In an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

GOP elections board members in NC resign over absentee deal

Sep. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The two Republican members of North Carolina's state elections board have resigned after signing off on a legal settlement to alter absentee ballot rules for this fall. Their decision further accentuates the political stakes in altering this popular form of voting during the COVID-19...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014, file photo, people pass an AT&T store along New York's Madison Avenue. The nation's largest cellphone providers will pay a combined $116 million under a settlement approved Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in a California lawsuit alleging that they overcharged government customers for wireless services over more than a decade. Verizon will pay $68 million and AT&T Mobility $48 million to settle claims that they violated cost-saving agreements with nearly 300 state and local governments. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Verizon, AT&T reach $116 million California settlement

Sep. 24, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's largest cellphone providers will pay a combined $116 million under a settlement approved Thursday in a California lawsuit alleging that they overcharged government customers for wireless services over more than a decade. Verizon will pay $68 million and AT&T...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 23, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 23 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on the reaction of Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore to a proposed legal settlement in North Carolina: In this time of political tension, a little comic relief is welcome. So...