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Arizona's prisons boss found in contempt over inmate care

Jun. 22, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Friday found Arizona's prisons chief to be in civil contempt of court and fined the state $1.4 million for failing to adequately improve health care for inmates. The decision involving Corrections Director Charles Ryan stems from the state's acknowledged failure to follow through...

Girl pushed by Texas officer at pool party settles for $150K

Jun. 22, 2018 9:38 AM EDT

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A bikini-clad black teenager who was shoved to the ground by a white Texas police officer has settled a federal lawsuit against him and the city of McKinney for almost $150,000. The legal guardian of then-15-year-old Dajerria Becton filed a $5 million lawsuit following the June 2015...

APNewsBreak: About 500 kids reunited with families since May

Jun. 21, 2018 10:30 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A senior Trump administration official says about 500 of the more than 2,000 children separated from...

In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

Jun. 20, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border. It was a dramatic...

Son of Sean Penn, Robin Wright settles Nebraska drug case

Jun. 20, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

AURORA, Neb. (AP) — The son of actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in his Nebraska drug case. Twenty-four-year-old Hopper Penn and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Uma Von Wittkamp, were arrested during a traffic stop on April 4 on Interstate 80 in southeastern Nebraska....

Legal fight winding down in hospital hepatitis C case

Jun. 20, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire hospital is closer to holding others financially accountable for a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C. David Kwiatkowski is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with...

Former UVA student settles suit against ABC agents for $250K

Jun. 20, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A former University of Virginia student who filed a civil rights lawsuit after his 2015 arrest by alcohol-enforcement agents has received a nearly $250,000 settlement. Martese Johnson sued Virginia's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and three of its agents after the...

Texas to settle discrimination suit with former track coach

Jun. 20, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas has agreed to settle a race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out of her job in 2013 after the school learned she had a relationship with an athlete a decade earlier. Kearney, who is black, had...

Ex-teacher who made anti-gay comments settles lawsuit

Jun. 20, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

UNION, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school teacher who resigned after posting anti-gay comments on her Facebook page has settled a discrimination lawsuit against the school district. The Union Township school district recently agreed to pay Jenye "Viki" Knox $132,500 to settle the claims. Knox sued...

US pays $400K to settle lawsuit with border agent with PTSD

Jun. 19, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who said his assignment in Texas triggered post-traumatic stress disorder from his war service. Anthony Gazvoda wanted a transfer to the U.S.-Canada border in northern Michigan,...