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City sues to remove Confederate monument, citing free speech

Aug. 20, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The city of Norfolk, Virginia, is claiming in a lawsuit that its free speech rights are being violated because a state law won't let it remove an 80-foot (24-meter) Confederate monument from its downtown. Norfolk's lawsuit employs a relatively novel and untested legal strategy in the...

Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word

Aug. 20, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday though the verdict still may not be the final word on his convictions for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than two decades ago. The...

Writers union says talent agents are violating antitrust law

Aug. 19, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent...

Kentucky's governor-lieutenant governor spat goes to court

Aug. 19, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An extraordinary legal fight between Kentucky's governor and lieutenant governor over a staffing dispute was described in court Monday by the governor's lawyer as a minor disagreement among friends. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, who attended the hearing in state court, disputed that...

Kentucky political feud bursts into public ahead of election

Aug. 15, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A feud at the top of Kentucky's government escalated into an extraordinary legal battle Thursday when the governor was sued by his hand-picked lieutenant governor over a bitter staffing dispute. The fight erupted deep into Gov. Matt Bevin's reelection efforts and muddied his...

Australian court to rule next week on Cardinal Pell's appeal

Aug. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court will announce its verdict next week on the appeal of the most senior Catholic clergyman to be found guilty of child sex abuse. Cardinal George Pell could walk free if the judges acquit him of the five convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more...

Ex-St. Louis prosecutors disciplined over police cover-up

Aug. 13, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday disciplined two former St. Louis assistant prosecutors for their role in the cover-up of a police officer's assault of a handcuffed man. Judges unanimously agreed to block former assistant circuit attorneys Ambry Schuessler and Katherine...

Nevada jury hears openings in biker club racketeering trial

Aug. 13, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas heard two vastly different overviews Monday in the federal racketeering trial of eight accused Vagos biker gang members stemming from a shootout that killed a rival Hells Angels leader in a northern Nevada casino nearly eight years ago. Prosecutor John Han called the...

Lawsuit: Negligence caused Legionnaires' outbreak at hotel

Aug. 12, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday alleges "negligence in the operation and maintenance of the water systems" caused a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel that killed one person and potentially sickened dozens. State and county health officials are investigating the outbreak among...

Florida governor asks high court to rule on felon voting

Aug. 9, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican governor on Friday asked the state's high court to rule on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored in a move that competes with ongoing litigation in federal court on that same question. Gov. Ron DeSantis...