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Some of the stories behind those involved in jail suicides

Jun. 19, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

A Marine with PTSD, a schizophrenic father, a granddad struggling with depression: They are just some of the many who've taken their lives in U.S. jails — a problem experts say is preventable with more training and safeguards. Here are their stories: ___ DEVIN LYNCH - COOK COUNTY JAIL The inmate,...

$4.5M in settlements over deaths tied to doc in murder case

Jun. 19, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital system has reached nearly $4.5 million in settlements so far over the deaths of patients who allegedly received excessive painkiller doses ordered by a doctor now charged with murder. At least 29 wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed against the Columbus-area Mount...

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines. The settlement is a sliver of the more than $30 billion in potential damages Pacific Gas & Electric is facing in...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Fillmore was in the Duchesne County Jail on a charge of violating...

Retired Oklahoma judge to mediate opioid settlement funds

Jun. 18, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma State Supreme Court justice will attempt to resolve a dispute over how to disburse an $85 million settlement of a state lawsuit with Teva Pharmaceuticals. Cleveland Count District Judge Thad Balkman said Monday that retired Judge Steven Taylor will serve as special...

Israeli PM's wife sentenced for misusing state funds

Jun. 16, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Jerusalem magistrate court on Sunday sentenced Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to pay a fine of more than $15,000 for misusing state funds. The sentencing comes after she agreed to a plea bargain that ended the years-long saga of just one of the...

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...

Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders: drug settlement violates law

Jun. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders are raising concerns about the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid manufacturer that has yet to be approved by a judge. Gov. Kevin Stitt, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat say...

Local governments seek negotiating power in opioid lawsuit

Jun. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers suing over the toll of opioids asked a judge Friday to allow a structure for all 25,000 municipal and county governments in the U.S. to be paid — if a settlement can be reached with companies that make and distribute powerful prescription painkillers. The approach, if...

Quicken Loans to pay $32.5M to settle lawsuit over bad loans

Jun. 14, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Quicken Loans has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of fraudulently sticking the government with bad mortgages. The deal was disclosed Friday, and the case was dismissed by a Detroit federal judge. The government had accused Quicken of cutting corners...