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Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

Jun. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison. The East Oregonian reports in a story on Saturday that city attorney...

Former student who reported rape says college betrayed her

Jun. 15, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The warnings came in text messages from her friends: He's outside the dorm. He's at the student center. He's at Starbucks. But for Alicia Gonzales, sometimes it didn't matter where he was. She would often hide away in her room on the campus of Marshall University, overcome with...

Audubon intervenes to protect ocean monument for puffins

Jun. 15, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area's importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins. Fishing groups sued in federal court against creation of Northeast...

The Latest: Activists say shelving bill is not enough

Jun. 15, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 7:30 p.m. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman has expressed support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam after she shelved an unpopular bill backed by Beijing. Geng Shuang said Saturday that the Chinese government...

Correction: Oberlin College-Racial Dispute story

Jun. 15, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story June 13 about a $33 million jury award in a lawsuit against Oberlin College, The Associated Press reported erroneously that David Gibson and his son, Allyn, received punitive damages. It was David Gibson's father, also named Allyn Gibson, who was part of the award. The story...

Knox accuses media of having built false story around her

Jun. 15, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of having built a false narrative around her during her yearslong murder trial and appeals process, depicting her as guilty even though she was eventually acquitted. The former exchange student from the...

Unwanted kiss lawsuit against Trump dismissed in Florida

Jun. 14, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump kissed a former campaign staffer during a Florida rally in 2016 has been dismissed. U.S. District Judge William Jung in Tampa issued a ruling Friday that called 44-year-old Alva Johnson's complaint a "political lawsuit." The Tampa Bay...

Jurors listen to suspect say he killed scholar from China

Jun. 14, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors in a federal death-penalty trial heard secretly recorded audio Friday in which a former University of Illinois doctoral student describes to his girlfriend how he killed a visiting scholar from China, calling the 26-year-old woman "valiant" as she tried to fight back. The...

5th woman accuses ex-UCLA gynecologist of sexual battery

Jun. 14, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fifth woman has accused a retired University of California, Los Angeles gynecologist of sexually abusing her. The lawsuit, filed Friday, accuses Dr. James Heaps of sexual battery, negligence and civil rights violations. "We're reviewing the lawsuit and we find the allegations against...

Judge: Enough evidence for case against Lil Durk to proceed

Jun. 14, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A trial against a Chicago rapper accused in an Atlanta drive-by shooting will move forward. WSB-TV reports Durk Derrick Banks, whose stage name is Lil Durk, was in court Friday for a hearing about his alleged involvement in a Feb. 5 shooting outside a downtown Atlanta restaurant. Atlanta...