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Man facing prison term for plot to obtain $1M in stolen TVs

Feb. 16, 2020 5:14 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Maryland are recommending a prison sentence of more than five years for a man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to obtain hundreds of stolen televisions worth more than $1 million. Prosecutors explained in a court filing on Saturday why they are recommending a...

New York attorney general drops T-Mobile-Sprint challenge

Feb. 16, 2020 4:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general said Sunday the state will not appeal a judge's decision approving the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 14 attorneys general who sued to stop T-Mobile's purchase of...

Sheriff: Probe found no abuse at Iowa lawmaker's hog farm

Feb. 16, 2020 3:26 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An investigation found no animal abuse at an Iowa state senator's hog farm despite video posted by an animal rights group that appeared to show pigs suffering, authorities said. Two people with Direct Action Everywhere, a Berkeley, California-based group, entered a hog farm last...

Jury convicts Billings man in meth trafficking case

Feb. 16, 2020 1:46 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a 34-year-old Montana man on criminal charges linked to a drug trafficking ring that authorities say brought several hundred pounds of methamphetamine into the state. Nicholas John Montano of Billings was found guilty Wednesday following a three-day trial...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, plaintiff in the stop and frisk case David Ourlicht, seated left, is comforted by Merault Almonar, standing at right, father of plaintiff Devin Almonar, standing center, during a news conference at the Center for Constitutional Rights, in New York, after . U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the New York Police Department deliberately violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its contentious stop-and-frisk policy. Standing at left is plaintiff Leroy Downes while attorney Jenn Borchetta listens, seated right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stop and frisk gets renewed attention in Bloomberg candidacy

Feb. 16, 2020 1:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Ourlicht was a college student, walking down a street near campus, when he became one of millions of New Yorkers swept up in the era of stop and frisk. A police officer accosted Ourlicht, deeming suspicious a bulge in his jacket. Police patted him down, told him to stand against a...

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, steps off Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump expected to raise $10 million during Florida stop

Feb. 16, 2020 5:10 AM EST

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump mixed reelection business with pleasure during a weekend stop at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, attending a fundraiser on Saturday evening expected to raise $10 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee. The event was believed to be his...

Border Patrol ex-agent gets 6-year term for aiding smugglers

Feb. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted helping traffickers smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and bribery convictions. A federal judge in Tucson on Friday imposed the prison term on 50-year-old Jose Antonio Yanez of...

Judge approves penal reform settlement in New Mexico

Feb. 15, 2020 1:44 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has given final approval to a settlement ending a 40-year-old civil case that forced significant penal reforms in New Mexico. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kirtan Khalsa approved Friday an agreement that would end the Duran Consent Decree if the state complies with certain...

Street preacher's claim of unconstitutional arrest rejected

Feb. 15, 2020 1:29 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to revive a lawsuit filed by a Louisiana street preacher who said he was unconstitutionally arrested in 2015. Court records show Clarence Dean Roy faced a disturbing the peace charge — on which he was later acquitted — after a woman...

Court 'deeply troubled' by woman's jailing over unpaid fines

Feb. 15, 2020 12:38 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal appeals court judges said they were “deeply troubled” that a Georgia municipal court jailed a woman when she couldn't pay a fine for driving without insurance. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of Ziahonna Teagan's claims...