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Inmate pleads guilty to lower charge, removed from death row

Sep. 25, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate could be eligible for release in the future after pleading guilty to a lesser charge in a fatal robbery case. Christopher Dewayne Revis, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder and was resentenced to life with the possibility of parole in the February 2004 death of...

Absentee ballot lawsuit will not be heard before election

Sep. 25, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal appeals court will not hear an Alaska absentee ballot lawsuit before the Nov. 3 general election. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request Tuesday for an emergency order ahead of the election. The decision likely eliminates the possibility a judge will require the...

FILE - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Kentucky’s Supreme Court has ruled, Thursday, Sept. 24,  that Beshear properly paid a law firm $4.2 million in legal fees for helping the state settle a lawsuit against opioid-maker Purdue Pharma when he was attorney general. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky Supreme Court: Legal fees OK in Purdue Pharma case

Sep. 25, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Andy Beshear properly paid a law firm $4.2 million in legal fees for helping the state settle a lawsuit against opioid-maker Purdue Pharma when he was attorney general. The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Beshear, a Democrat,...

Former upstate NY prosecutor cleared of perjury, misconduct

Sep. 25, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A former prosecutor accused of withholding evidence from a grand jury that cleared a Troy police officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop has been acquitted of perjury and misconduct charges. Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove was acquitted by a state...

FILE - Icons for the smartphone apps WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, on Aug. 7, 2020.  The Justice Department is asking a judge to allow WeChat to be banned from app stores in the U.S., pending an appeal. In a Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 filing, the Justice Department requested U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California put on hold a preliminary injunction issued Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Justice Department seeks immediate ban on WeChat in US

Sep. 25, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department is seeking an immediate ban on downloads of WeChat in Apple and Google app stores, saying the Chinese-owned messaging service is a threat to the security of the United States. Last week the U.S. Commerce Department moved to ban WeChat from U.S. app stores but on...

Russian pleads not guilty in foiled Tesla ransomware plot

Sep. 24, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Russian citizen accused of offering a Tesla employee $1 million to enable a ransomware attack at the electric car company's plant in Nevada denied wrongdoing Thursday before a federal magistrate judge. “I'm not guilty," Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov said in response to a charge of...

Kentucky racing industry suffers setback in court ruling

Sep. 24, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's horse racing industry suffered a potentially huge setback Thursday when the state's highest court ruled at least some historical racing games being offered in betting parlors aren't legal. Historical racing — featuring slots-style machines allowing people to bet on...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Kraft on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, saying they couldn't go forward after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Patriots owner Kraft cleared of massage parlor sex charge

Sep. 24, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said during an online...

Attorney argues Hawaii law is a ban on carrying guns

Sep. 24, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A challenge to Hawaii’s strict gun laws was back before a federal appeals court Thursday, where an attorney representing the state tried to defend a law that allowed officials to deny George Young a permit to carry a loaded gun in public. Young's attorney, Alan Beck, said the law is...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, Bernard Madoff arrives at Federal Court in New York. On Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, a federal appeals court said that investors who profited from Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme must pay back their profits even if they knew nothing of it. Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2009. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File)

Innocent Madoff investors must pay back profits, court rules

Sep. 24, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors who profited from Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme even though they knew nothing of it must still pay back their profits, an appeals court decided Thursday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan upheld lower-court decisions in cases filed by Irving Picard,...