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Jury: Ex-New Mexico state tax chief guilty of embezzlement

Jun. 19, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A jury has found New Mexico's former state tax chief guilty of embezzling more than $25,000 from a trucking business while she served in former Gov. Susana Martinez’s cabinet. Demesia Padilla, 61, could face up to 18 years in prison when she...

Jury convicts Kentucky constables of violating rights

Jun. 19, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A federal jury ruled that two Kentucky constables violated people’s rights by illegally searching or detaining them and taking money or other property without going through the legal process. Pulaski County constables Michael “Wally” Wallace and...

Maine man convicted in fatal beating of girlfriend

Jun. 19, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A jury needed only 25 minutes to convict a man of killing his longtime girlfriend at their home in western Maine. Rondon Athayde, 49, was convicted of murder Friday in the death of Ana Cordeiro at their Hartford home on Dec. 13, 2018. He will be...

Judge rules for Florida on CDC order blocking cruise ships

Jun. 18, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled for Florida in a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order making it difficult for cruise ships to resume sailing due to the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Steven...

Judge denies bid to move trial over white nationalist rally

Jun. 18, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday denied a request to move the trial in a lawsuit filed against organizers of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally out of Charlottesville. U.S. District Court Judge Norman Moon first floated the idea of moving the...

Appeals court upholds FCC subsidy ban for Huawei purchases

Jun. 18, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Friday to hear Chinese tech giant Huawei's request to throw out a rule used to bar rural phone carriers on national security grounds from using government funds to purchase its equipment. The 5th Circuit Court of...

Man found guilty of killing his stepmother in Broken Bow

Jun. 18, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — A central Nebraska man was convicted Friday of shooting and killing his stepmother last year. After a four-day trial in Custer County, Trent Esch, 45, of Broken Bow was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 62-year-old Crystal...

Mental health evaluation ordered in Maine homicide case

Jun. 18, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

LIMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge on Friday ordered a mental health evaluation for a man charged in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found by firefighters responding to a fire. Matthew Cote, 21, of Limington, made his first appearance in York County...

Appeals court panel orders review of EPA decision in Alaska

Jun. 18, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A split federal appeals court panel has sent back for further legal review a 2019 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw proposed restrictions on large-scale mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. A panel of the 9th U.S....

Township must pay $140K in legal fees on $500 verdict

Jun. 18, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A tiny community in Michigan's Thumb region has a large legal bill. Greenleaf Township, population 740, must pay roughly $140,000 in legal fees to a resident who won a $500 verdict in a dispute over Michigan's open meetings law, an...