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

Jun. 16, 2021 18:32 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,...

State public defender agency settles gender pay-gap lawsuit

Jun. 16, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several female attorneys and investigators at the state Law Offices of the Public Defender are getting raises to resolve a lawsuit that alleged unfair compensation in comparison with better-paid male colleagues. Five employees at the public...

North Carolina governor grants pardon to ex-death row inmate

Jun. 16, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper granted a pardon Wednesday to a man who was once on death row for a shopkeeper’s slaying and spent more than 40 years in prison before he was released. Cooper’s office announced the action in a news release on...

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...

Kansas teenager who killed mom pleads to lesser charges

Jun. 16, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teenager who shot and killed his mother in 2018 pleaded no contest Wednesday to lesser charges in her death. A teen, who was not charged as an adult, was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lisa Trimmell, 41, on...

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...

Ohio House expels former Republican speaker in historic vote

Jun. 16, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio House expelled Rep. Larry Householder, the federally indicted Republican ex-speaker, Wednesday in a bipartisan vote that invoked their powers to remove a member for the first time in 150 years. The GOP-controlled House voted...

Death penalty sought in Texas killing of New Hampshire pair

Jun. 16, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man charged with capital murder in the killing of a New Hampshire couple whose bodies were found in a shallow grave on a South Texas beach. Adam C. Williams, 35, is one of two people accused in...

Bankruptcy judge gets involved in Flint water record dispute

Jun. 16, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Flint water criminal case involving former Gov. Rick Snyder took a strange side trip Wednesday into bankruptcy court where his lawyers asked a judge to penalize state attorneys for distributing confidential documents from Detroit's historic financial restructuring. ...