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Judge dismisses firefighters' challenge to vaccine mandate

Sep. 28, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island judge on Tuesday dismissed a legal challenge by firefighters to block a state requirement for health care workers to get a coronavirus vaccine by Oct. 1 or risk losing their licenses. The Rhode Island Association of Firefighters...

Maryland newspaper gunman gets more than 5 life prison terms

Sep. 28, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A man who killed five people at a newspaper in Maryland was sentenced on Tuesday to more than five life sentences without the possibility of parole — with 345 additional years added on to ensure he is never released from prison. Anne Arundel...

Rhode Island woman is awarded $1.3M after botched surgery

Sep. 28, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A jury has awarded $1.3 million to a Rhode Island woman who underwent gallstone surgery that resulted in months of complications because of negligence from Kent Hospital. The jury reached a verdict Thursday, finding both Dr. Brian Reed and Kent...

Maine supreme court upholds murder conviction of NC man

Sep. 28, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence of one of three people convicted in a deadly home invasion. Christopher Murray, of Red Springs, North Carolina, contended the judge erred in instructing the...

Texas inmate faces execution for fatally stabbing 2 brothers

Sep. 28, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas inmate faces execution Tuesday evening for fatally stabbing two Houston-area brothers during a robbery in their home more than 30 years ago. Rick Rhoades was condemned for the September 1991 killings of Charles Allen, 31, and Bradley Allen, 33....

Albanian court orders retrial for former interior minister

Sep. 28, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the re-trial of a former interior minister who was convicted of abuse of office two years ago. The Supreme Court’s decision mentioned irregular steps taken from the court judges and the...

Woman faces 4th trial after murder conviction overturned

Sep. 28, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts overturned the murder conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her wife, saying a prosecution witness who testified about paint evidence at the scene “lacked the necessary expertise.” After Monday's Supreme...

In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

Sep. 28, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, decades even, allegations swirled that R&B superstar R. Kelly was abusing young women and girls, with seeming impunity. They were mostly young Black women. And Black girls. And that, say accusers and others who have...

Federal judge requires vaccines for California prison staff

Sep. 27, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption, as he tries to head off another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San...

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A...