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Ex-juvenile court judge pleads guilty to child porn charges

Sep. 28, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former juvenile court judge in Wisconsin pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts of distributing child pornography. Brett Blomme, 39, a onetime Milwaukee County children's court judge, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years...

Maine supreme court upholds murder conviction of NC man

Sep. 28, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence of one of three people convicted in a deadly home invasion. Christopher Murray, of Red Springs, North Carolina, contended the judge erred in instructing the...

German court hears damages claim over Brazil dam collapse

Sep. 28, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Munich court on Tuesday heard a claim for compensation from a German certification company over a devastating dam collapse in Brazil in January 2019. More than 270 people died when the dam at a mine operated by Brazilian mining company Vale collapsed,...

CAIR, advocate groups sue GOP's legislative maps in Ohio

Sep. 27, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The newly drawn legislative district maps in Ohio were contested for the third time Monday, when state and national civic groups filed suit alleging the Republican-controlled redistricting process violated voters' rights. The newest lawsuit, filed...

State Supreme Court to rule on abortion initiative maneuver

Sep. 27, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Wednesday about whether Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft used an unconstitutional set of laws last year to derail an effort to put the state's new abortion restrictions on a ballot for a public vote....

Vaccine booster shots begin; camps denied aid lose appeal

Sep. 25, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

Coronavirus developments around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Saturday got his third dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, urging others on social media to follow suit. “Getting...

Today in History

Sep. 25, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2021. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the...

Chief justice says ruling guts access to police records

Sep. 24, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a sheriff’s office did not have to turn over records about a fatal shooting by a deputy, a ruling that broadly interpreted an exemption for investigative records and prompted a sharply worded dissent by the court's...

Ex-school counselor gets new trial on charges of raping boy

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former central Kansas middle school counselor convicted of raping a student will get a new trial to consider her arguments that the then-13-year-old boy forced her to have sex the first time and blackmailed her into continuing. The Kansas Supreme...

GOP's Ohio legislative maps hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 days

Sep. 24, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s newly drawn legislative district maps were hit Friday with the second lawsuit in two days that alleges Republican gerrymandering that violated the state constitution. The lawsuit, filed in the Ohio Supreme Court by the National Democratic...