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Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

Jun. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison. The East Oregonian reports in a story on Saturday that city attorney...

Former student who reported rape says college betrayed her

Jun. 15, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The warnings came in text messages from her friends: He's outside the dorm. He's at the student center. He's at Starbucks. But for Alicia Gonzales, sometimes it didn't matter where he was. She would often hide away in her room on the campus of Marshall University, overcome with...

Audubon intervenes to protect ocean monument for puffins

Jun. 15, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area's importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins. Fishing groups sued in federal court against creation of Northeast...

Correction: Oberlin College-Racial Dispute story

Jun. 15, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story June 13 about a $33 million jury award in a lawsuit against Oberlin College, The Associated Press reported erroneously that David Gibson and his son, Allyn, received punitive damages. It was David Gibson's father, also named Allyn Gibson, who was part of the award. The story...

Unwanted kiss lawsuit against Trump dismissed in Florida

Jun. 14, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump kissed a former campaign staffer during a Florida rally in 2016 has been dismissed. U.S. District Judge William Jung in Tampa issued a ruling Friday that called 44-year-old Alva Johnson's complaint a "political lawsuit." The Tampa Bay...

5th woman accuses ex-UCLA gynecologist of sexual battery

Jun. 14, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fifth woman has accused a retired University of California, Los Angeles gynecologist of sexually abusing her. The lawsuit, filed Friday, accuses Dr. James Heaps of sexual battery, negligence and civil rights violations. "We're reviewing the lawsuit and we find the allegations against...

Push for public vote on Missouri abortion law hits roadblock

Jun. 14, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Efforts to put a new Missouri law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy to a public vote hit another roadblock. Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by prominent Republican donor David Humphreys, who is seeking to force GOP Secretary of...

Kansas high court says education funding is adequate

Jun. 14, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court declared Friday that the state finally is spending enough money on its public schools under a new education funding law but refused to end a lawsuit filed nearly a decade ago because it wants to monitor future funding by the Legislature. The state Supreme Court...

Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders: drug settlement violates law

Jun. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders are raising concerns about the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid manufacturer that has yet to be approved by a judge. Gov. Kevin Stitt, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat say...

Kansas Supreme Court strikes down cap in injury cases

Jun. 14, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the state's cap on damages for noneconomic injuries in personal injury lawsuits is unconstitutional. The court ruled 4-2 that capping damages an injured person is able to recover in a lawsuit violates that person's right to a jury trial. The...