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Dayton gunman’s friend pleads guilty to firearms counts

Nov. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of the Dayton gunman has pleaded guilty to two firearms charges unrelated to the deadly mass shooting. Twenty-four-year-old Ethan Kollie pleaded Wednesday to lying on a federal firearms form and possessing a gun while using illegal drugs. The gun was unrelated to the mass...

2 Florida Supreme Court justices quickly move to new jobs

Nov. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will have to make his fourth and fifth state Supreme Court appointments since taking office in January. The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the appointments of Florida Supreme Court Justices Robert Luck and Barbara Lagoa to the 11th U.S. Circuit...

Judge rules waist chains removed from inmates at courthouses

Nov. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ruled that jail inmates will no longer be chained around the waist inside Orange County courthouses. The Orange County Register reports that Superior Court Judge Kathleen Roberts ruled Monday that the order could end a policy by the Orange County Sheriff’s...

Judge upholds University of Missouri’s ban on guns on campus

Nov. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld the University of Missouri’s ban on carrying concealed guns on campus. Circuit Judge Jeff Harris on Monday rejected the Missouri attorney general’s arguments that the ban violates the state constitution. He also said the ban supports the...

Lawyer, tribal judge named to Oklahoma Supreme Court

Nov. 20, 2019 2:16 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tishomingo attorney who is also a Chickasaw Nation district judge has been appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday announced the appointment of Dustin Rowe to the court to fill the vacancy left when Judge Patrick Wyrick was appointed a federal judge....

Prison officers testify during hearing in inmate escape

Nov. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EST

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate charged with killing a corrections administrator before he escaped a prison was seen riding a tractor outside a lawn mowing shop at the facility about a half-hour before a search for him began, prison officers testified Wednesday. Curtis Ray Watson appeared before a...

Ex-lawmakers sue to block Michigan’s legislative term limits

Nov. 20, 2019 1:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight former Michigan lawmakers filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging they have been unconstitutionally blocked from running again by “draconian” term-limit restrictions that also prevent voters from backing candidates of their choice. The suit, filed in Grand Rapids...

Myanmar: Suu Kyi to lead team to fight genocide accusation

Nov. 20, 2019 12:12 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government announced Wednesday that its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will head a legal team it will send to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands to contest a case of genocide filed against it by Gambia on behalf of the Organization of Islamic...

Woman sentenced to 15 years for planning foiled bar attack

Nov. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who pleaded guilty to plotting and buying supplies for a foiled terror attack on a bar has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered that 24-year-old Elizabeth Lecron, of Toledo, be placed on lifetime supervision after she is released....

Thai court removes pro-democracy politician from Parliament

Nov. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that a popular pro-democracy opposition leader violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament. The court said Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the 40-year-old head of the new Future Forward Party, violated a regulation barring...