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Ex-Peoria police officer's child porn conviction reinstated

Oct. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has reinstated a former Peoria police officer's child pornography conviction, finding that an appellate court erred when it ordered a new trial two years ago. A jury convicted John McCavitt in 2016 of possession of child...

Lawmakers: South Carolina redistricting lawsuit is premature

Oct. 21, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leading South Carolina Republican lawmakers are dismissing allegations they are taking too long to draw new congressional and legislative districts, arguing that legal action should be held off until new lines are actually drawn. The response came...

Mistrial declared in lawsuit against Kansas City police

Oct. 21, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jurors were unable to reach a verdict in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a Black man who was wrongly arrested when he was 15 and held for three weeks without charge. Arthur Benson, an attorney for Tyree Bell, told The Kansas City Star ...

Restaurateur whose business was raided by sheriff gets $5M

Oct. 20, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County officials approved a settlement Wednesday with a restaurant owner in metro Phoenix who claimed in a lawsuit that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office had defamed him and violated his rights about seven years ago when investigating whether employees at his...

Tennessee man pleads guilty in series of church fires

Oct. 20, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man pleaded guilty Wednesday to civil rights violations for setting fires at four churches, prosecutors said. Alan Douglas Fox, 28, of Nashville, admitted during the plea hearing that he intentionally set the fires because of the...

Christian boarding school sues over new oversight law

Oct. 20, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Christian boarding school is suing to stop state officials from implementing new regulations that were put in place following long-running abuse at some unlicensed residential care facilities. The Kansas City Star reports that CNS...

Former Kentucky constable sentenced to 11 years in prison

Oct. 19, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky constable that was convicted of violating people’s rights by illegally searching or detaining them and taking money or other property without going through the legal process has been sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison. ...

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...