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Court orders new look at minister's virus restriction suit

Jun. 12, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a Louisiana minister’s lawsuit challenging now-expired coronavirus restrictions on church services. Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions last year at his Life Tabernacle Church in the...

Judge: Criminal charges will fail against officers in death

Jun. 12, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge says he isn't halting a wrongful death lawsuit against three Columbus police officers, despite their concerns that the district attorney is seeking to indict them on criminal charges, because he doesn't believe they can be successfully prosecuted for a...

Man sentenced for ditching car after 2014 witness murder

Jun. 12, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for ditching the getaway car following the murder of a woman in western Pennsylvania just before she was to meet with federal authorities about another man's involvement in a New Jersey-supplied heroin ring. ...

Today in History

Jun. 12, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2021. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of...

NC court: Students can use constitution to fight bullying

Jun. 11, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The constitutional right of North Carolina's children to have access to a good public school education also applies to individual students who aren't getting help to stop classroom bullying and harassment against them, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. ...

$15-a-month internet law on hold in New York, judge rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York cannot require internet providers to offer broadband service for low-income customers for as little as $15-a-month starting next week, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in...

Dakota Access foes seek environmental review updates from US

Jun. 11, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents asked a judge Friday to require the pipeline company and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide detailed monthly status reports while the federal government conducts an extensive environmental review of the project. ...

Utilities appeal penalties over tropical storm response

Jun. 11, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's two largest electricity distributors have appealed millions of dollars in profit reductions imposed by the state for what regulators called the companies' failures in preparing for and responding to Tropical Storm Isaias, which caused hundreds of...

Judge tosses suit seeking end to Delaware River drilling ban

Jun. 11, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania that sought to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, ruling they lacked standing to sue. Senate Republicans led...

Georgia tractor dealer pleads guilty to $6.4M bank fraud

Jun. 11, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The owner of a south Georgia tractor company has pleaded guilty to lying about his debts, assets and income to obtain loans from banks and financial institutions. Nashville Tractor owner Rickey Carter, 60, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in...