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Judge says lawsuit against Harvard law professor can proceed

Oct. 16, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who went public with claims she was a teenage victim of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring can move toward trial with her defamation lawsuit against Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a judge ruled Wednesday as she disqualified a law firm from representing her. U.S. District...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Black boxes in cars must be priority Altoona Mirror Oct. 16 Most Pennsylvania motorists, at least the owners or leasers of many newer models, probably are unaware that their personal vehicles might be equipped with a...

Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

Oct. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov....

Death row inmate's attorneys say appeal ignores justice

Oct. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abudur'Rahman said Friday that the state attorney general is valuing "proceduralism over justice" with an attempt to scuttle a resentencing agreement. Brad MacLean, who has defended Abudur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) for more than...

US appeals court skeptical of Trump's Medicaid work rules

Oct. 11, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday sharply questioned the Trump administration's work requirements for Medicaid recipients, casting doubt on a key part of a governmentwide effort to place conditions on low-income people seeking taxpayer-financed assistance. All three judges on a panel of...

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Oct. 10, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will...

Overhaul is proposed for decades-old Medicare fraud rules

Oct. 9, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed overhauling decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing and financial kickbacks...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

Oct. 5, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an...

The Latest: Arrested girl, 13, faces juvenile assault charge

Oct. 4, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a 13-year-old girl whose videotaped arrest sparked a backlash on social media (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A Minnesota girl whose arrest sparked an angry backlash on social media is facing an assault allegation in juvenile court. Prosecutors filed a juvenile...

Breyer discusses international law in Memphis college visit

Oct. 3, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Thursday that it would benefit U.S. judges to study how other countries handle cases related to important global subjects such as terrorism, immigration, civil rights, health and the environment. Breyer delivered a speech and answered...