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Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation

Oct. 16, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations with victims' family members. But Tia Coleman, an Indiana woman who...

Firefighters sue California gas company over massive leak

Oct. 16, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters who worked in and around the site of a massive natural gas leak sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Monday, saying the utility knowingly let them be exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. A blowout in a well at the underground Aliso Canyon storage field about 40...

Latest: Firefighters sue California gas company over leak

Oct. 16, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on firefighters suing Southern California Gas Co. over a massive leak (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Firefighters who worked in and around the site of a massive October 2015 natural gas leak are suing the Southern California Gas Co., alleging the utility knowingly let them be...

The Latest: Lawyers blast legal move in fatal boat accident

Oct. 15, 2018 11:39 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the lawsuits over a July tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people (all times local): 10:35 p.m. A survivor of a July tourist boat accident that killed 17 people in Missouri and attorneys representing deceased family members are calling the latest legal...

Man convicted of killing neighbor while she cleared snow

Oct. 15, 2018 11:21 PM EDT

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man accused of killing his neighbor while she cleared snow has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Wendell Popejoy is set to be sentenced on Nov. 5. Popejoy faces a mandatory life prison term without the possibility of parole for the December 2017 killing...

Sessions criticizes court order on deposition in census case

Oct. 15, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday criticized a court order that allows for the questioning of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on how a citizenship question came to be added to the 2020 census. The court's actions, the attorney general said in a speech to the conservative Heritage...

Inmate convicted of capital murder in prison guard's death

Oct. 15, 2018 10:24 PM EDT

ANSON, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate has been convicted of capital murder in the slaying of a female prison guard. KTXS-TV reports that a Jones County jury deliberated less than three hours Monday before finding 24-year-old Dillion Compton guilty in the death of Mari Johnson. Prosecutors will seek the death...

Jurors: Don't throw out $289M weed killer cancer verdict

Oct. 15, 2018 9:12 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors who found that agribusiness giant Monsanto's Roundup weed killer contributed to a school groundskeeper's cancer are urging a San Francisco judge not to throw out the bulk of their $289 million award in his favor, a newspaper reported Monday. Juror Gary Kitahata told Judge...

Judge tosses Stormy Daniels' defamation suit against Trump

Oct. 15, 2018 8:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a "hyperbolic statement" against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the porn actress' lawyer released. Daniels, whose real name is...

Man who killed his parents requests lighter sentence

Oct. 15, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man sentenced to life in prison without parole as a teenager for killing his parents hopes a judge will reconsider the case and give him a lighter sentence. WMUR-TV reports that a resentencing hearing in Strafford County Superior Court began Monday over whether Robert...