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Retired judge suggested as mediator in Ohio State lawsuits

Feb. 18, 2019 4:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Men who brought one of two lawsuits alleging Ohio State ignored or failed to stop a team doctor's sexual misconduct are proposing another possible mediator after the university and plaintiffs couldn't agree . In a court filing Monday, lawyers for some plaintiffs suggested a retired...

Georgia high court: DUI test refusal can't be used in court

Feb. 18, 2019 3:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A driver's refusal to submit to a breath test cannot be used as evidence in a criminal trial for driving under the influence, Georgia's Supreme Court ruled Monday, throwing out that part of the state's DUI laws as unconstitutional. The high court unanimously agreed the provision violated the...

Plaque pried loose from Thurgood Marshall bridge in Topeka

Feb. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights activist says a plaque honoring Thurgood Marshall has been stolen from a Topeka bridge named for the former U.S. Supreme Court justice. It is the second time in a year that a plaque honoring a civil rights icon was pried loose from a Topeka bridge. In August 2018, a...

Vatican: US prelate accused of abuse not at high court

Feb. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says a Holy See lawyer who appeared on a list of American priests credibly accused of sexual abuse isn't currently at the Catholic church's supreme court, where he holds a top position. Monsignor Joseph Punderson was listed by the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, last week as...

India takes Pakistan to UN's highest court in spying case

Feb. 18, 2019 7:47 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — India on Monday accused Pakistan of breaching the rights of an alleged spy who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, a case at the U.N.'s highest court that has exacerbated tensions between the longtime rivals. Indian lawyer Harish Salve told judges at the...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Feb. 18, 2019 12:32 AM EST

A look at where investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump also plays a central role in...

Today in History

Feb. 18, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2019. There are 316 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49. On this date: In 1546, Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in...

School board in Virginia may end transgender bathroom ban

Feb. 17, 2019 6:01 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school. Along the way, he's became a national face for transgender rights. His case almost went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated and moved to...

Claims against school over teen's disappearance dismissed

Feb. 17, 2019 5:43 PM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed an eastern Pennsylvania mother's argument that a school should be held responsible for psychological harm and bad publicity over her teenage daughter's disappearance to Mexico with a married man. The suit alleged that Lehigh Valley Academy violated the...

Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

Feb. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letters. But the process he helped develop and built his small Alabama technology company around has resulted in a more than decadelong...