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Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif frees after court suspends sentence

Sep. 19, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison Wednesday after a court suspended their sentences and granted them bail pending their appeals hearings. The Islamabad High Court made the decision after the Sharifs petitioned to appeal...

Judge steps aside in homicide case against ex-officer

Sep. 19, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge agreed Wednesday to reassign the case of a fired Philadelphia police officer charged this month in the on-duty shooting death of a fleeing suspect. The district attorney's office had asked Judge Patrick Dugan to step aside from former Officer Ryan Pownall's criminal...

Court rules for archdiocese in priest abuse insurance case

Sep. 19, 2018 1:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court says an insurance company must reimburse the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford nearly $1 million for payments the archdiocese made to settle sexual misconduct cases involving priests and minors. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Reno man convicted in Super Bowl Party sexual assault

Sep. 19, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 25-year-old Reno man faces up to life in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance following a Super Bowl party. A Washoe County District Court jury convicted Luke Patrick Medeiros of one count of sexual assault. Police arrested him in February 2017...

French court upholds Kate Middleton topless photos fine

Sep. 19, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French court of appeals has upheld a ruling Wednesday that two directors of French celebrity magazine Closer should be fined a maximum 45,000 euros ($52,500) for breaching the privacy of Kate Middleton, when publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing back in 2012. The...

Judge clears man who smothered grandson to death in Ohio

Sep. 19, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has found a 400-pound (181-kilogram) man who smothered his mildly autistic grandson to death while trying to restrain him has been found not guilty of reckless homicide. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Brown County Judge Scott Gusweiler ruled Monday there wasn't any...

Work on pipeline in West Virginia county halted by judge

Sep. 19, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) — Work being done on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in a West Virginia county will be halted as a judge has ordered a temporary stay. The Register-Herald reports Summers and Monroe counties Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons issued the stay Tuesday over construction in Summers County. It...

Egypt court upholds suspended sentence against activist

Sep. 19, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a three-month suspended prison sentence for a prominent rights lawyer convicted of offending public morals Khaled Ali's lawyer said he will appeal the verdict by the Misdemeanor Court of Appeals in Giza. Ali has served no prison time for the...

Man accused of handcuffing child found not guilty of abuse

Sep. 19, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man accused of handcuffing a 9-year-old boy as punishment has been found not guilty of child abuse. The Minot Daily News reports that a jury acquitted 24-year-old Christian Ratliff on Tuesday. He stood trial beginning Monday after a judge rejected a proposed plea deal under which...

Attorneys argue cases in cruise industry suit against Juneau

Sep. 19, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge said it will take some time to decide a lawsuit brought against the City and Borough of Juneau by the cruise ship industry. Attorneys for the Cruise Lines International Association and Juneau argued their cases Tuesday before U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland in...