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City clerk ordered to pay $42K for refusing records request

Nov. 13, 2019 1:28 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri city clerk must pay a $4,000 fine and nearly 10 times that amount in attorney fees for refusing to honor a woman’s public records request, a state appeals court ruled in a decision that could have important implications for how such requests are handled going...

3 Indiana judges suspended for fight that led to shooting

Nov. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has temporarily suspended three judges who were involved in a fight in downtown Indianapolis during which two of them were shot. The order Tuesday says the justices imposed the suspensions after finding that Clark County judges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs...

Blade of glory: The mystery around a late president's sword

Nov. 6, 2019 1:32 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio sheriff wearing white gloves displayed a sword wielded in the American Revolution and by a future U.S. president in the War of 1812, and pledged Wednesday an exhaustive investigation to determine whether it's the one that disappeared from Cincinnati four decades ago. It's believed...

Nevada Supreme Court struggles with appeal in 4 killings

Nov. 5, 2019 8:04 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Supreme Court justices acknowledged Tuesday they are struggling with complicated jurisdictional questions as they consider an appeal involving a Salvadoran immigrant accused of four killings during a 16-day rampage in January. Lawyers for 20-year-old Wilber Ernesto...

American among 3 drug prisoners in escape from Thai court

Nov. 5, 2019 10:01 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An American man was among three prisoners who staged a violent escape from a courthouse in the town of Pattaya in eastern Thailand, prison officials said Tuesday. Corrections Department Director-General Naras Savestana said in a statement that the three, who were shackled, escaped Monday...

Judge: Redistricting guru's documents no longer confidential

Nov. 4, 2019 7:21 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge ruled on Monday that more than 100,000 computer documents generated by a recently deceased Republican redistricting guru that address political work in several states are no longer under the court's confidentiality order. The files were collected earlier this...

Man gets home detention in case where 2 judges were shot

Nov. 2, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty in a May fight during which two judges were shot in downtown Indianapolis has been sentenced to home detention. Alfredo Vazquez pleaded guilty Friday to one misdemeanor battery count. A Marion County judge then sentenced the 24-year-old to 180 days of home...

The Latest: Trial postponed in newspaper shooter's case

Oct. 30, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the second phase of a trial for a man who pleaded guilty this week to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A judge has postponed a trial to determine whether a man who pleaded guilty this week to killing five people at a Maryland...

The Latest: Pittsburgh plans appeal after gun laws tossed

Oct. 29, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on a judge's ruling that Pittsburgh may not enforce its own gun laws (all times local): 7 p.m. The city of Pittsburgh plans to appeal a judge's ruling that it can't enforce gun laws passed in the wake of the synagogue massacre. A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto says...

Despite Supreme Court ruling, seized Land Rover not returned

Oct. 29, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man who had his $40,000 Land Rover seized after a small-time drug deal isn't getting it back yet, even though the U.S. Supreme Court sided with him for a key ruling on excessive criminal fines earlier this year. The Indiana Supreme Court said in a 4-1 ruling issued Monday...