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Lawsuit accusing ex-bishop of drunken sexual assault settled

Aug. 21, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit accusing the former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese of molesting boys and men has been settled. Wheeling-Charleston Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said in a statement the terms of the settlement are confidential. A former personal altar server sued ex-Bishop...

Judge tells jail to improve conditions for Epstein cellmate

Aug. 21, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge ordered a federal jail on Wednesday to improve housing conditions for one of Jeffrey Epstein's former cellmates. Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer awaiting trial in a quadruple murder case, was sharing a cell with Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center...

Kansas fights claim of man wrongly imprisoned for 23 years

Aug. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is fighting the compensation claim of a man who spent 23 years in prison for a double homicide before a judge vacated his convictions, which were secured despite a complete lack of physical evidence and motive tying him to the crimes. Lamonte McIntyre's case was one of three...

Jury backs Nicholas Sparks in lawsuit by former school head

Aug. 21, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury sided Wednesday with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims by the school's former headmaster that he was unjustly fired and then slandered by the author. Jurors spent about three hours...

State officials sue EPA, seeking more Hudson River cleanup

Aug. 21, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials who are pushing for additional cleanup of the Hudson River followed through Wednesday on their promise of a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The federal lawsuit seeks to vacate the EPA's decision in April not to compel General Electric Co. to...

$248 million settlement reached with Chinese drywall maker

Aug. 21, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A proposed $248 million settlement has been filed in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall blamed for damaging home appliances and sickening residents. The proposed settlement between property owners and Taishan Gypsum Co. was filed in U.S. District Court in New...

The Latest: Lawyer: Officers who sued will be protected

Aug. 21, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Philadelphia Police Commissioner (all times local): 4:55 p.m. A lawyer for two police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign says the city has promised both women they won't be retaliated against or endure more transfers....

Must West Virginia gov live in state capital? Suit continues

Aug. 21, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Can a governor be forced to live in the state capital? A lawsuit seeking to do just that with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was back in court Wednesday. The Republican billionaire has been frequently criticized by members of both major parties for being absent from the Charleston...

The Latest: Jury backs writer Sparks in employment lawsuit

Aug. 21, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by the former headmaster of the school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A federal jury has sided with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims by the...

Trial starts in case of fatal shooting over parking spot

Aug. 21, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that a white Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space had initiated a similar confrontation just months before, while his defense attorney said the shooting was in self-defense. Prosecutor Fred Schaub...