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Jury awards $27M in damages after fatal crash in Oregon

May. 21, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal jury in Oregon has awarded nearly $27 million in damages against two trucking companies and their drivers who lawyers say were involved in a road rage episode that killed a motorist. The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning its verdict Friday after a...

Judge sentences man to death for used car lot slayings

May. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to death for the slayings of a couple at their Cleveland used car dealership. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County judge sentenced 32-year-old Joseph McAlpin on Tuesday. The jury that found McAlpin guilty of aggravated murder and other charges had recommended...

Judge: License law violated speech rights of Georgia guides

May. 21, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's oldest city violated the free-speech rights of tour guides by requiring them to pass a written history test and get a license, a federal judge said in a ruling that's largely symbolic since the licensing law was scrapped years ago. The ruling Monday by U.S. District Court...

Jury set to deliberate in fatal Delaware prison riot

May. 21, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage. Jurors were scheduled to start deliberating the fate of Roman Shankaras on Wednesday...

Jury finds former Somali colonel responsible for torture

May. 21, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday found a northern Virginia man who once served as a colonel in the Somali Army responsible for torturing a man more than 30 years ago under a government campaign against its perceived enemies. After more than three days of deliberations, the civil jury in the...

Jury acquits ICE protester accused of assaulting cameraman

May. 21, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County jury has acquitted a woman of charges that she assaulted a TV news camera operator during a protest outside the Southwest Portland offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports jurors found Danialle James not guilty of the...

Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for records

May. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a "crazy" decision that his lawyers would appeal. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta...

Judge: Parents of dead West Point cadet can use his sperm

May. 20, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident can use his frozen sperm to produce a child, a judge ruled while noting potential ethical considerations. Supreme Court Justice John Colangelo's ruling, dated Thursday, gives Peter Zhu's parents the...

Supreme Court sends dispute over Fosamax back to lower court

May. 20, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that a judge must decide whether a dispute between drugmaker Merck and patients who alleged they were injured by its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax can go forward. All nine justices agreed that the case should go back to a lower court for further...

Denmark: Syrian man gets jail for terror planning

May. 20, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Syrian asylum seeker in Sweden received Monday a 12-year prison sentence for planning to explode one or more bombs in the Danish capital of Copenhagen and stabbing random people with kitchen knives. The Copenhagen City Court said Moyed Al Zoebi, 32, acted on behalf of the...