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Pennsylvania sued over limits on state coverage of abortion

Jan. 16, 2019 6:20 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The operators of 15 abortion clinics sued Pennsylvania on Wednesday in a bid to persuade state courts to reverse a decades-old decision upholding limits on the use of state Medicaid dollars to cover abortions. The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, seeks an order requiring the...

Chicago awaits 2 historic hearings in fatal police shooting

Jan. 16, 2019 6:17 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two of the most significant court hearings in the history of the Chicago Police Department — both involving the fatal police shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald — are set to be held this week. On Thursday, a judge is scheduled to announce if she believes three police...

3 months after deadly NY crash, NTSB has yet to inspect limo

Jan. 16, 2019 6:07 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than three months after 20 people died in a stretch limousine crash in rural upstate New York, federal safety investigators have yet to get their hands on the most crucial piece of evidence: the wrecked vehicle itself. The National Transportation Safety Board says it has been...

Tennessee teacher who fled with student gets 20 years

Jan. 16, 2019 5:59 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee teacher who was on the run for weeks with a 15-year-old student was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in prison. A statement from the victim called 52-year-old Tad Cummins "disgusting" and said the effects of his actions on her were "devastating and permanent."...

New suits filed over pain meds given to near-death patients

Jan. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man said Wednesday he was stunned to learn of allegations that his wife's hospital death last year was caused by a doctor's order for a fatal dose of pain medication. David Austin said he called an ambulance in September after his wife, Bonnie Austin, had trouble breathing. A...

The Latest: New wrongful death lawsuit filed against doctor

Jan. 16, 2019 5:52 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on wrongful death lawsuits filed against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medicine to near-death hospital patients (all times local): 5:45 p.m. An attorney says an additional wrongful death lawsuit has been filed alleging an Ohio doctor and...

Georgia candidate behind 'deportation bus' pleads not guilty

Jan. 16, 2019 5:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges. Ex-state Sen. Michael Williams was indicted last month in Hall County northeast of Atlanta on charges of insurance fraud and lying to investigators. The Atlanta...

Rallies call for release of detained immigration activist

Jan. 16, 2019 5:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Rallies at federal immigration offices across the country Wednesday called for the release of Eduardo Samaniego, an immigration activist from Massachusetts facing deportation. In New York City, Los Angles, Boston, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, small crowds of...

American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

Jan. 16, 2019 5:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness. Marzieh Hashemi, who worked for the network's...

Robert Durst defense: Evidence could be 'game over' for heir

Jan. 16, 2019 5:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst is charged with one count of murder, but will have to defend himself in three killings at trial later this year in California. Los Angeles prosecutors won a victory Tuesday in persuading a judge to allow jurors to hear that Durst killed a man in...