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Judge rules against reinstating police officer after fight

Aug. 17, 2019 1:30 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has vacated an arbitrator's ruling that ordered the Seattle Police Department to reinstate an officer who was fired for punching a drunk, handcuffed woman after she kicked him during a 2014 incident captured on patrol car video, the Seattle Times reports . King County Superior Court...

Former Secretariat trainer faces child porn charges

Aug. 16, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A racehorse expert who helped train Triple Crown winner Secretariat and had ties to Saudi royals is accused of abusing a teenager while producing child pornography. Daniel Mullan, 80, entered federal court in Central Islip in a wheelchair Friday and pleaded not guilty to charges...

Heather Locklear pleads no contest to fighting with deputies

Aug. 16, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Heather Locklear has pleaded no contest to charges that she fought with first responders during two visits to her Southern California home last year. Locklear entered the plea in Ventura County court Friday afternoon to five counts of battery on a peace officer, one count of battery...

Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging

Aug. 16, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's medical examiner ruled Jeffrey Epstein's death a suicide Friday, confirming after nearly a week of speculation that the financier faced with sex trafficking charges hanged himself in his jail cell. Epstein, 66, was found dead at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug....

Man found guilty in fatal shooting of Chicago police officer

Aug. 16, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A guilty verdict has been returned against a homeless man who defended himself against murder and aggravated battery charges in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer. Jovan Battle rejected an attorney appointed by the court to represent him for the March 25 fatal shooting...

Leader of largest US organic food fraud gets 10-year term

Aug. 16, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said Randy Constant orchestrated a...

Court: US can reject asylum along parts of Mexico border

Aug. 16, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in a partial legal victory for the Trump administration. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Jury to decide PG&E's role in California wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric's bankruptcy case agreed Friday to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company's equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire investigators have already determined the...

El Salvador sentences gang members; murder rate dropping

Aug. 16, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's justice minister says the country's homicide rate has fallen to about 4.4 killings a day since June, about half of 2018 levels. The country of 6.5 million people recorded 3,340 killings in 2018, or about nine a day. The bloodiest year of 2015 saw 6,425...

The Latest: Jury to decide PG&E role in wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on rulings issued by the judge presiding over PG&E's bankruptcy case (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A state jury will get to decide whether Pacific Gas and Electric equipment ignited a deadly wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire...