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Nebraska man gets prison for leaving noose for coworker

Dec. 02, 2022 18:23 PM EST

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — A former employee at the Oriental Trading Co. has been sentenced to prison for leaving a noose on a floor scrubber that a Black colleague was set to use. The Nebraska U.S. Attorney's office said Bruce Quinn, 66, was sentenced Friday to four months in prison...

Feds announce settlement over Iowa disability center abuse

Dec. 01, 2022 16:31 PM EST

The U.S. Justice Department has announced a settlement with the state of Iowa to resolve allegations of abuse and inadequate care at the state-run Glenwood Resource Center, a center for people with intellectual disabilities. A proposed consent decree announced Thursday by the DOJ...

Ex-Border agent indicted in sex assault of an Arizona teen

Dec. 01, 2022 15:12 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent has been indicted in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a teenage girl in Arizona earlier this year, according to federal authorities. Department of Justice officials said a superseding indictment...

Oregon senator's fiery words test free speech limits

Nov. 29, 2022 16:16 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator who made veiled threats against the Oregon State Police and the Senate president said Tuesday that he's pursuing a freedom of speech lawsuit against fellow lawmakers who sanctioned him. The Senate Conduct Committee on Monday rescinded the...

Oregon lawmakers lift security measure imposed on senator

Nov. 28, 2022 20:28 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On Monday an Oregon Senate panel rescinded the protective measure it had imposed on a state senator after he made threatening statements during an acrimonious 2019 legislative session, in a case that centers on free speech. Since July 2019, Sen. Brian Boquist had...

Judge denies 19-year-old's ask to attend father's execution

Nov. 26, 2022 13:09 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from a 19-year-old woman to allow her to watch her father’s death by injection, upholding a Missouri law that bars anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution. Kevin Johnson is set to be executed Tuesday for killing Kirkwood,...

Gary man awarded $25.5M in lawsuit against ex-cop, Hammond

Nov. 25, 2022 14:07 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded a Gary man $25.5 million in his lawsuit alleging that a now-retired police officer violated his civil rights and deprived him of a fair trial in a case involving a 1980 rape and robbery. The jury in U.S. District Court in Hammond...

Ex-Hawaii guard sentenced to 12 years for assaulting inmate

Nov. 18, 2022 20:39 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii prison guard was sentenced to 12 years in prison for assaulting an inmate. Jonathan Taum supervised three other guards while transporting an inmate at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center in 2015. According to U.S. prosecutors, the inmate became...

Former player sues Albany coach Killings, AD, and school

Nov. 17, 2022 23:36 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings, athletic director Mark Benson, and the university are being sued by a former walk-on regarding a pregame incident a year ago that involved physical contact and what happened in the aftermath. The lawsuit, first...

Activist Carol Leigh, who coined term `sex work', dies at 71

Nov. 17, 2022 21:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carol Leigh, a San Francisco activist who is credited with coining the term “sex work" and who sought for decades to improve conditions for prostitutes and others in the adult entertainment business, has died. She was 71. Kate Marquez, the executor of her...