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Restaurant name leaves bad taste with Delaware officials

Apr. 24, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials won't allow popular Colorado-based restaurant chain Illegal Pete's to convert to a Delaware limited liability company because the company's name has "a negative connotation," according to a federal lawsuit filed this week. But state Division of Corporations records...

NRA sues Los Angeles over disclosure law for contractors

Apr. 24, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Rifle Association sued Los Angeles on Wednesday over a new law requiring companies that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the gun rights group. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court claims the law is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment...

Tech firm VMware faces DACA discrimination lawsuit

Apr. 23, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A participant in the federal program shielding young immigrants from deportation is suing a Silicon Valley company, saying she was denied a job she was qualified for despite being authorized to work in the U.S. The case is one of several filed recently against major U.S. corporations...

Civil rights group drops lawsuit against Oklahoma gun range

Apr. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Muslim U.S. Army reservist asked to leave a gun range in eastern Oklahoma was dropped on Tuesday, with both sides declaring victory in the case. Court records show both sides agreed to the dismissal order filed in federal court in Muskogee. The lawsuit...

Animal rights groups sue Iowa over its latest ag-gag law

Apr. 22, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging a new Iowa law that makes it a trespass crime to conduct undercover investigations at livestock farms, a measure the Legislature approved just weeks after a federal judge struck down a similar law. The latest bill was...

Former Arkansas youth jailer sentenced to 7 years in prison

Apr. 19, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former youth detention officer in northeastern Arkansas has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for what a judge called "sadistic and completely unjustified" actions in punishing disorderly juveniles. This comes nearly two years after Peggy Kendrick admitted to...

Photojournalist sues Vegas police over 2017 sidewalk arrest

Apr. 17, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A photojournalist who was arrested during a "Tax Day" rally outside Trump International hotel in Las Vegas in 2017 has filed a federal civil rights and First Amendment lawsuit against Las Vegas police. Nebyou Solomon's attorney, Margaret McLetchie, said Wednesday her client was doing his...

Correction: Patriots Owner-Prostitution Charge story

Apr. 17, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story April 16 about a lawsuit filed by a man secretly recorded by police while receiving a massage, The Associated Press reported erroneously one of the government agencies being sued. The lawsuit is against the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, not the Palm...

Kentucky attorney general seeks to block teacher subpoenas

Apr. 16, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's top lawyer is challenging subpoenas from the governor's administration seeking the names of teachers who might have used sick days that shut down schools as they attended statehouse rallies earlier this year. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has 10 days to...

Mississippi man pleads guilty in 2017 cross-burning

Apr. 12, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to a charge involving the burning of a cross near the homes of African American residents. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release Friday, said 37-year-old Louie Bernard Revette entered the plea to one count each of interference with...