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Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist

Feb. 20, 2019 11:33 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing — and one of his defenses will be the state's controversial "stand your ground" law. Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja's trial begins with jury selection...

AP NewsBreak: Gwyneth Paltrow denies causing Utah ski crash

Feb. 20, 2019 11:25 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says a skier who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah resort was actually the one who plowed into her from behind. Paltrow's attorney alleges in a counter claim filed in court Wednesday that the actress suffered a full "body blow" when...

Wisconsin court: Judge's Facebook friendship could show bias

Feb. 20, 2019 11:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge's decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday in ordering the case to be re-heard by another judge. The case, which is the first of its kind in...

French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

Feb. 20, 2019 10:38 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French court ordered Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one of France's biggest-ever tax evasion trials. The Paris court convicted Zurich-based UBS AG on Wednesday...

Supreme Court rules for ex-US marshal in W.Va. tax dispute

Feb. 20, 2019 10:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with a retired U.S. marshal who argued that West Virginia discriminated against former federal law enforcement officers like him by giving a more generous tax break to onetime state law enforcers. The court has ruled 9-0 that West Virginia law unlawfully...

N. Carolina elections board calls challenged House candidate

Feb. 20, 2019 9:59 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican holding a slim lead in the country's last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past. North Carolina's elections...

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

Feb. 20, 2019 9:58 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Hisham Barakat, the first assassination of a...

Court rejects far-right party's lawsuit against Berlin mayor

Feb. 20, 2019 9:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court has rejected a lawsuit against the mayor of Berlin by the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which accused him of unlawful, one-sided support of a protest against it. In May, 25,000 people protested in Berlin against a 5,000-person rally by the party, also known as AfD....

The Latest: French court fines Swiss bank UBS $4.2 billion

Feb. 20, 2019 8:09 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Swiss bank UBS in France (all times local): 2:10 p.m. A Paris court has ordered Swiss bank UBS to pay 3.7 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in fines for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities. The criminal court convicted UBS on Wednesday of aggravated money...

Former top Chinese general sentenced to life for corruption

Feb. 20, 2019 6:24 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A former top Chinese general has been given a life sentence for taking and distributing bribes and possessing a large amount of property whose origins he could not account for. Fang Fenghui, former chief of the People's Liberation Army's joint staff department, is the latest military figure...