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Court upholds Arkansas' use of sedative in executions

Aug. 16, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Arkansas' use of the sedative midazolam in its lethal injections. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court judge's ruling upholding the state's execution process. U.S....

Teen charged in death of Indiana girl moving closer to trial

Aug. 16, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A teenage boy accused of killing a 6-year-old northern Indiana girl is moving closer to a possible trial after a judge declined to dismiss charges in the case and doctors found him competent to stand trial. St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sanford...

WA pays $2M to workers assaulted at psychiatric hospital

Aug. 16, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

A judge has ordered the state agency that operates Washington's largest psychiatric hospital to pay more than $2 million to four female health workers who were assaulted by a violent patient who targeted women. One of the nurses who filed the lawsuit, Bernia Garner, lost part of her...

Germany: Driver who killed 5 in car rampage jailed for life

Aug. 16, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German man was found guilty Tuesday of murder and attempted murder for a high-speed car rampage in the southwestern city of Trier in Dec. 2020 that killed five people and seriously injured more than a dozen. The Trier regional court sentenced the 52-year-old man to...

Top Malaysian court orders ex-PM Najib to begin final appeal

Aug. 16, 2022 06:08 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday to begin his final appeal in two days after rejecting his request that it throw out his graft conviction and 12-year sentence over alleged judicial bias. Najib has sought to...

Judge: Lebanon can't intervene in suit and can't be sued

Aug. 15, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Monday denied a family's attempt to sue Lebanon on allegations that the country's security agency kidnapped and tortured their family member before he died in the U.S., and that the agency could not intervene in the case. Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese...

R. Kelly jury selection focuses on 2019 documentary

Aug. 15, 2022 19:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection in R. Kelly's federal trial on charges that he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial began Monday with the judge and attorneys quickly focusing on whether would-be jurors watched a 2019 documentary about sex abuse allegations against the R&B singer. ...

Measure on Portland government to appear as-is on ballot

Aug. 15, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County judge has ruled that a sweeping proposal to change the form of government and election system in Portland, Oregon, should advance to November’s ballot, rejecting a legal challenge from a city business organization. The Portland Business...

Court: State can't tax tribal lands that change hands

Aug. 15, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state can't impose property taxes on tribal lands that have changed hands without congressional approval, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The decision from a three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marks another chapter in a...

Alabama company charged with violations in worker's death

Aug. 15, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama company has been charged with willfully violating federal safety rules in the death of a worker who was pulled into a machine and fatally injured, authorities said Monday. ABC Polymer Industries, which has a plant in the Birmingham suburb of...