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Jury orders police officer in fatal shooting to pay $350K

Oct. 16, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A civil jury has ordered a former Bridgeport police officer to pay $350,000 after finding he wrongfully shot and killed a man eight years ago who had dropped his weapon. The federal jury found Friday that Christopher Borona violated the...

New Mexico judge denies lab workers' claim in vaccine fight

Oct. 15, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Friday denied a request by dozens of scientists and others at Los Alamos National Laboratory to block a vaccine mandate, meaning workers risk being fired if they don't comply with the lab's afternoon deadline. The case...

Dozens of US nuclear lab workers sue over vaccine mandate

Oct. 14, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories face a deadline Friday — be vaccinated or prepare to be fired. A total of 114 workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory — the birthplace of the atomic bomb — are suing...

City of Seattle pays $515,000 settlement in police shooting

Oct. 14, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $515,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit filed by the estate of Iosia Faletogo, who was shot and killed by police after a foot chase across Aurora Avenue North on New Year’s Eve 2018. Faletogo’s last words,...

Judge holds DC jail officials in contempt in 1/6 riot case

Oct. 13, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case involving a Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant, a federal judge held the District of Columbia’s corrections director and jail warden in contempt of court Wednesday and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether inmates' civil rights are being abused. ...

Judge dismisses Fulton County ballot review case in Georgia

Oct. 13, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging fraud in Georgia's most populous county during the 2020 election. The suit sought a review of some 147,000 absentee ballots to see if any were illegitimate. The lawsuit was originally filed in December...

Arkansas House rejects ban on employee vaccine disclosures

Oct. 08, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Friday rejected legislation preventing businesses from requiring employees to say whether they've been vaccinated against COVID-19, after the House speaker and business groups said it would have devastating consequences. ...

Race-based jury tactics at issue in appeals court arguments

Oct. 08, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Civil rights advocates asked federal appeals court judges Friday to revive a lawsuit they filed against a Mississippi prosecutor accused of routinely rejecting Black jurors in criminal cases simply because of their race. District Attorney Doug Evans'...

WMU loses appeal over athletes and virus vaccine requirement

Oct. 07, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of athletes at Western Michigan University who sued to be allowed to play sports without getting a COVID-19 vaccination. The court declined to stop a decision by a federal judge who said the WMU...

Judge: Missouri must collect union dues from prison workers

Oct. 06, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has ordered Missouri to begin collecting union dues from prison workers, finding that an attempt by Gov. Mike Parson’s administration to break the union is illegal. In a scathing, 43-page decision, Circuit Judge Jon Beetem said it was...