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Missouri police officer agrees to mediation after $20M award

Nov. 15, 2019 11:29 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police officer has agreed to mediation to reach a settlement and avoid court appeals, weeks after a jury awarded him $20 million to resolve his lawsuit alleging he suffered discrimination because he is gay. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that both sides...

Ousted ambassador felt ‘big threat;’ Trump assails her anew

Nov. 15, 2019 11:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch provided chilling detail in Trump impeachment hearings Friday of the “big threat” she felt upon suddenly being ousted from her post and learning President Donald Trump had denounced her in his July phone call with...

Judge: US-born woman who joined Islamic State not citizen

Nov. 15, 2019 11:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the U.S. government was correct when it determined a woman who joined the Islamic State group was not an American citizen despite her birth in the country. Lawyers for the family of the woman said Friday that they plan to appeal the ruling. “While we are...

Doctor to examine competency of man accused in acid attack

Nov. 15, 2019 10:59 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 61-year-old man accused of throwing acid on a Latino man’s face during a racist attack will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he can assist in his criminal defense. Clifton Blackwell’s lawyer asked for the evaluation during a Friday hearing in Milwaukee....

An ambassador fired: What to watch on Day 2 of impeachment

Nov. 15, 2019 10:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ambassador, her firing and a pair of fixers. Those details stand at the center of Marie Yovanovitch’s story, a personal ordeal she is describing to Americans and the world Friday as part of the Democrat-driven impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. What led to the...

Roger Stone trial resumes second day of jury deliberations

Nov. 15, 2019 10:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jury deliberations have resumed in the trial of Roger Stone, a veteran Republican political operative and longtime confidant of President Donald Trump. Jurors debated the seven charges against Stone for about six hours Thursday without reaching a verdict. Stone was indicted in January as...

Trial for mother in false abduction case pushed to 2020

Nov. 15, 2019 9:58 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a West Virginia woman charged with making up a story about an Egyptian man brazenly trying to kidnap her daughter in a shopping mall. A Cabell County court clerk says 24-year-old Santana Renee Adams’ trial on a charge of falsely reporting an...

Judge: Money from rapist was meant to help empower victim

Nov. 15, 2019 8:49 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge has defended his reasoning for suggesting that a rapist pay his victim $150,000 in exchange for a possibly reduced sentence. The Advocate reports Special Judge Bruce Bennett filed a court document saying his unsolicited offer was meant to help the victim of Sedrick Hills,...

Slovak man convicted, sentenced after explosives found

Nov. 15, 2019 7:41 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A court in the Czech Republic has convicted a Slovak national of public endangerment and promoting terrorism and sentenced him to six-and-a-half years in prison. Two years ago, police seized chemicals that can be used to make explosives and videos on how to make them in Dominik...

Vietnam court convicts music teacher of anti-state actions

Nov. 15, 2019 6:56 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court sentenced a music teacher on Friday to 11 years in jail for “anti-state” Facebook posts, state media reported. The official Nghe An newspaper said Nguyen Nang Tinh was found guilty of publishing photos, videos and comments on his personal Facebook page...