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Mistrial declared in case of University of Tennessee prof

Jun. 16, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case of a former University of Tennessee researcher charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government. U.S. District...

Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

Jun. 16, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled. ...

Prosecutors: New trial not merited for ex-cop in Floyd death

Jun. 16, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death should not be granted a new trial because the proceedings were fair and Derek Chauvin was found guilty by an impartial jury, according to a court document...

Washington state man convicted of murder for 4th time

Jun. 16, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Washington state man, who stood trial on robbery and murder charges, for the fourth time, officials said. The state Court of Appeals overturned the previous three convictions on procedural grounds. Terrance Jon Irby, 63,...

Senators press Interior Secretary Haaland on oil lease pause

Jun. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both Republican and Democratic senators pressed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for answers Wednesday after a federal court blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. In a sharply worded ruling...

Girl's sex-assault lawsuit reinstated by appeals court

Jun. 16, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a lawsuit from a northern Virginia student who said her school failed to take appropriate action after she said she was sexually assaulted on a band trip. The student, who has since graduated, said...

Judge rules in favor of hotel group in insurance dispute

Jun. 16, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of a group of hotels whose owners sued their insurance carriers over lost business during the coronavirus pandemic. Businessman Mark Stebbins of Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels, LLC, one of the plaintiffs, said the...

Appeals court refuses to reinstate N Carolina abortion ban

Jun. 16, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's ban on most abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy must remain unenforceable, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting arguments that the law should be left intact because prosecutors aren't going after doctors who violate it. ...

Alabama judge censured after cursing, threatening defendant

Jun. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state ethics panel on Wednesday censured a municipal judge who cursed and threatened a traffic court defendant, telling her that he would “bust her ass” if she sued his adult son. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled that Leeds...

‘Oxy Bandits’ leader guilty of California pharmacy robberies

Jun. 16, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of the so-called “Oxy Bandits” crew has been convicted of organizing armed robberies of oxycodone at 15 independently owned pharmacies across Southern California, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A judge found Tyrome Lewis, 26,...