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NY inmate-artist freed after being cleared of 1991 slaying

Sep. 19, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A New York prison artist who never played golf but became known for drawings of lush courses he could only imagine was set free Wednesday after authorities agreed that another man committed the murder that put him behind bars for nearly three decades. Valentino Dixon walked out of Erie...

Work on pipeline in West Virginia county halted by judge

Sep. 19, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — Work being done on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in a West Virginia county will be halted as a judge has ordered a temporary stay. The Register-Herald reports Summers and Monroe counties Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons issued the stay Tuesday over construction in Summers County. It...

Iraqi held over fatal stabbing released from German jail

Sep. 18, 2018 8:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa reports that a court in the eastern city of Chemnitz has ordered the release of an Iraqi man detained over the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old German last month that sparked violent protests. Dpa quoted the 22-year-old Iraqi man's lawyer as saying the Chemnitz court had...

Mayor signals new juvenile justice approach with appointment

Sep. 18, 2018 5:38 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In a move signaling a change in approach to juvenile justice in a Tennessee county under federal supervision, its new mayor has announced it will contract with a new settlement coordinator. The Commercial Appeal reports Mayor Lee Harris announced Monday that attorney Herman Morris...

The Latest: Ex-senator gets 15 years in sex trafficking case

Sep. 17, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former Oklahoma state senator convicted of child sex trafficking (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a child sex trafficking charge. Ralph Shortey was sentenced Monday...

Missouri judge bars redistricting measure in win for GOP

Sep. 14, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Friday ordered a redistricting measure to be knocked off the November ballot, a win for Republican critics of the proposal to tie state legislative seats to the parties' share of the statewide vote. Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled that the ballot...

Trial set for ex-Ottawa Senators exec on harassment charge

Sep. 13, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A trial date has been set in a harassment case against former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee. Buffalo City Court Judge Amy Martoche on Thursday scheduled a non-jury trial for Nov. 9 on a violation charge of harassment stemming from an incident at the NHL scouting...

Judge refuses to release congressional candidate from jail

Sep. 12, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — A judge in Georgia has refused to release a congressional candidate from jail while he appeals a drunken driving conviction. The Dalton Daily Citizen reported that Whitfield County Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris on Tuesday refused to release Steve Foster on bond during an appeal....

The Latest: Judge orders trial for Wisconsin's Cephus

Sep. 11, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on hearing in case of Wisconsin football player (all times local): 3 p.m. A judge has ordered Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted two drunken women this spring. Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky on Tuesday rejected a...

Judge moves 4 Oklahoma teens' rape case to juvenile court

Sep. 10, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge in Oklahoma has decided to move the rape case against four former Bixby football players to juvenile court, which will close the proceedings to the public. The Tulsa World reports Tulsa County Special Judge April Seibert ruled Monday that the four teenagers presented adequate...