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FILE - In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, file photo, worshipers line up to take communion on Palm Sunday outside of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, Calif. The pastor of a California church has vowed to continue holding indoor worship in defiance of coronavirus health orders after a judge issued a temporary restraining order barring the church from doing so. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Matthew Guasco cited

California church holds indoor services despite judge's ban

Aug. 9, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California church held indoor worship services Sunday despite a judge's temporary restraining order barring the church from doing so. Pastor Rob McCoy led three services in defiance of coronavirus health orders at Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Ventura County's Newbury Park. McCoy had...

Gov. Tate Reeves discusses his statewide order for people to wear masks in public amid a recent surge in cases of the new coronavirus during a COVID-19 press briefing, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Greg Michel and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, also spoke and provided an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Budget dispute goes to 1 judge in Hinds County

Aug. 9, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican legislative leaders helped defeat a 2015 education initiative by arguing that if someone sued the state over school funding, one judge in Hinds County would make budget decisions for the whole state. Now, some of those same leaders are asking one judge in Hinds...

NJ police officer gets probation in commercial bribery case

Aug. 9, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer has been ordered to spend at least 15 months on probation on a commercial bribery conviction. NJ.com reports that 33-year-old Thomas McWain, who was employed with the West Deptford police department, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a third-degree...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has received approval to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility's power lines. A federal judge overseeing PG&E's bankruptcy case approved the utility's

Judge orders PG&E to improve records, power line inspections

Aug. 9, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Pacific Gas and Electric to better inspect high-voltage power lines, hire more tree-trimming supervisors and upgrade records regarding the age of electrical equipment as part of efforts to prevent deadly and destructive wildfires and other disasters, The San...

Maryland court orders new trial in bartender slaying case

Aug. 9, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s second-highest court has ordered a new trial for the man convicted of killing a Baltimore bartender in 2017. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Court of Special Appeals decision last week reverses the conviction of Marquese Winston. The decision stems from questions his...

Jury trials move to auditorium amid COVID-19 restrictions

Aug. 9, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Jury trials in southwest Mississippi are set to return later this month for the first time since March. Adams County Circuit Court Judge Debra Blackwell said they will be moved to the Natchez City Auditorium starting the third week of August. “What we have to do is balance the...

SC pardon too late for city councilman kicked out of office

Aug. 9, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A judge kicked a man convicted of a felony off a small town city council South Carolina, even though the man has been pardoned for his crimes. The problem is William R. King II's pardon came n 2018, after he was elected to the Chester City Council, Judge William A. McKinnon ruled. King...

Bail set at $1M for Elgin man charged with killing bicyclist

Aug. 9, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — Bail has been set at $1 million for a suburban Chicago man who authorities say was fleeing the scene of an accident when his car struck two bicyclists, killing one person and injuring another. Kane County prosecutors charged 28-year-old Lance C. Neal of Elgin last month with...

2 snowmobilers win key decision in lawsuit against DNR

Aug. 9, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

CHESTONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two snowmobilers have won a key decision in a lawsuit over injuries in an incident with officers from the Department of Natural Resources. Audrey West said she was thrown into a river in Antrim County while her father, Randy West, was pinned under the snowmobile. They said...

Today in History

Aug. 9, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 9, the 222nd day of 2020. There are 144 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed 18-year-old Black man, was shot to death by a police officer following an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri; Brown’s...