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Landlords ordered to pay $736,000 in sexual harassment case

Oct. 26, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has ordered two Twin Cities rental companies and their officers to pay $736,000 to nearly two dozen women over allegations that one of the defendants pressured the tenants for sex to avoid eviction. The consent decree filed in federal court...

South African court rules Zuma's corruption case to continue

Oct. 26, 2021 06:54 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s effort to get a prosecutor removed from his corruption case has been dismissed by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Zuma filed a special application to have prosecutor Billy Downer taken off his case,...

The judge leading Beirut blast probe: Discreet and defiant

Oct. 26, 2021 02:37 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For eight months, he has quietly investigated one of the world’s worst non-nuclear explosions with only four assistants — and a lot of powerful detractors trying to block him. In that time, Judge Tarek Bitar has become a household name in Lebanon and...

Civil rights pioneer seeks expungement of '55 arrest record

Oct. 26, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Months before Rosa Parks became the mother of the modern civil rights movement by refusing to move to the back of a segregated Alabama bus, Black teenager Claudette Colvin did the same. Convicted of assaulting a police officer while being arrested, she was placed on...

TikTok star pleads not guilty to double murder in San Diego

Oct. 26, 2021 00:43 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A TikTok star with nearly a million online followers pleaded not guilty on Monday to shooting and killing his newly estranged wife and a man she was with last week at a San Diego high-rise. Prosecutors said Ali Abulaban had surreptitiously installed a...

Judge: No order barring union from discussing vaccine order

Oct. 25, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An order barring the president of the police union from making public statements encouraging members to disobey the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate expired after a judge on Monday denied a request to extend it. Earlier this month, Cook County Judge...

Ex-Liberty spokesman says he was fired for raising concerns

Oct. 25, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former spokesperson for Liberty University is suing the evangelical Virginia school after being fired, alleging in a lawsuit filed Monday that his termination came in retaliation for voicing concerns that sexual misconduct accusations were mishandled. ...

Judge sets final ground rules for Rittenhouse trial evidence

Oct. 25, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge laid out the final ground rules Monday on what evidence will be allowed when Kyle Rittenhouse goes on trial next week for shooting three people during a protest against police brutality, ruling he'll permit testimony from the defense's use-of-force...

Federal judge rejects bid to stop Washington vaccine mandate

Oct. 25, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Eastern Washington on Monday denied a bid by firefighters, state troopers and others to halt Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state workers and emergency responders. A group of workers is suing Gov. Jay Inslee, Spokane...

Jury selection in Ahmaud Arbery slaying crawls into 2nd week

Oct. 25, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of three men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery crawled into its second week on Monday, with the judge and attorneys resuming their slow-moving task of questioning potential jurors one-by-one. By the time...