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Florida Supreme Court rules against Parkland sheriff

Apr. 23, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a sheriff who fought his removal from office after the governor claimed he failed to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting. Florida's highest court agreed that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to suspend Scott Israel as...

Supreme Court struggles with Wisconsin drunken driving law

Apr. 23, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday grappled with a Wisconsin law that allows law enforcement to draw blood without a warrant from suspected drunken drivers who have become unconscious. More than two dozen states have similar laws, which say that by choosing to drive, motorists consent to...

Alabama sets execution for 1997 quadruple killing

Apr. 23, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has scheduled a lethal injection for a man convicted in the 1997 deaths of four people, including two young girls. The Alabama Supreme Court set a May 16 execution date for Michael Brandon Samra, 41. As a teenager, Samra was convicted of helping his friend Mark Duke kill his...

MLB panel issues sealed decision in Orioles-Nats TV dispute

Apr. 22, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Major League Baseball panel has issued a new sealed decision in the long-running dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over television rights fees. Stephen R. Neuwirth, a lawyer for the Nationals, filed a motion in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan on April 15...

Ohio top court to hear arguments in TV news defamation case

Apr. 22, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in an appeal involving a defamation lawsuit that alleged a television station falsely labeled three siblings as "robbers." A Columbus family sued WBNS-TV in 2016 after the station reported on a hover board robbery at Fort Rapids...

New trial ordered for Arkansas man convicted in son's death

Apr. 18, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday for a death row inmate who was convicted in the killing of his 6-year-old son, whom investigators say died from an infection caused by the father sexually assaulting him with a stick. Justices overturned the 2016 capital...

Vegas Sands report suggests settlement amount in Macau case

Apr. 17, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Financial documents suggested Wednesday that Las Vegas Sands Corp. paid $96 million to settle a 15-year breach-of-contract dispute with a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S. company open its first casino in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau. The amount was listed as a...

Ex-Black Panther gets new hearing in 1981 police death

Apr. 17, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Black Panther and death row activist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer decades ago will get a new appeals hearing after the city prosecutor on Wednesday dropped his opposition to it. Mumia Abu-Jamal, 64, is serving a life sentence after spending decades on...

8th judge hands off murder trial of Alabama police officer

Apr. 17, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Another judge has recused himself from the trial of a white Alabama police officer charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black man. News outlets report Judge Sam Welch was appointed Friday and recused himself this week, becoming the 8th judge to drop the case. Montgomery...

Alabama seeks new execution date for inmate spared by clock

Apr. 15, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday sought a new execution date for an inmate spared last week when the clock struck midnight before a divided U.S. Supreme Court said his lethal injection could proceed. Justices on Friday lifted a stay that had blocked the execution of 46-year-old Christopher Lee...