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FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2020, file photo, Lucy Carbajal, center left, sits behind a photograph of her son Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal while other family members look on during a news conference at their attorney's office in Salt Lake City. District Attorney Sim Gill says Utah police officers were legally justified in firing more than 30 times and killing an armed man as he ran away. The case has become a rallying point for protesters in the state amid a national wave of dissent against police brutality. Gill said 22-year-old Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal was shot as he ran from Salt Lake City police officers who were investigating a gun-threat call and had yelled for him to drop a gun. The family of a Utah man who was killed and shot at more than 30 times as he ran from police filed a lawsuit against the Salt Lake City police department Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah family sues police, claiming 'gratuitous violence'

Sep. 25, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a Utah man who was shot at nearly 30 times and killed as he ran from police filed a lawsuit Friday against Salt Lake City and its police department. The family of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal family allege the officers engaged in “gratuitous violence” by...

Suit challenges NC's strict liability law on felons voting

Sep. 25, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law making it a serious crime for convicted felons to vote before their right is restored, even when it's an unintentional mistake, is racially discriminatory and needs to be blocked for the November election, a federal lawsuit says. Two civil rights advocacy...

Judge won’t extend time to count ballots from Navajo Nation

Sep. 25, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has refused to give officials an extra 10 days after election day to count mail-in ballots for Navajo Nation members who live on the tribe’s reservation in Arizona and whose ballots are postmarked by the close of voting on Nov. 3. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said in a...

Lawsuit: City, state failed to protect Seattle protesters

Sep. 25, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new lawsuit says the city of Seattle and Washington state failed to protect protesters from drivers who could hurt or kill them while also allowing protesters to be injured by the police response. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Friday include the family of Summer Taylor, who was...

Tennessee judge rules election panel violated open meetings

Sep. 25, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge ruled on Friday the state's Registry of Election Finance violated open meetings law when it held a vote by email on the eve of an election filing deadline. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle rejected the state's argument that the vote was inconsequential...

Court allows public nuisance suits against 3 Alabama casinos

Sep. 25, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Courts in two rural counties were wrong when they dismissed lawsuits filed by the state seeking to have three casinos declared public nuisances, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. The decision meant the state can resume cases challenging operations at VictoryLand in Macon...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta answers questions during a news conference in Iowa City, Iowa. Members of the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team sued the school Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta announced last month that men's and women's swimming and diving, men's tennis and men's gymnastics would be cut after this school year. (Joseph Cress//Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP, File)

Bias suit seeks to block Iowa from cutting women's swim team

Sep. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Members of the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team filed a legal complaint against the school Friday, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. The complaint argues that Iowa is not offering equal opportunities for...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C.  Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians had their mail-in ballots accepted in the first week of voting, according to data released Friday, Sept. 11 by the State Board of Elections. North Carolina was the first state in the country to send absentee ballots to voters who requested them..  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

NC elections board, Republicans spar over absentee changes

Sep. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's currently Democratic-only elections board exchanged public jabs with state Republican heavyweights on Friday over the efficacy and legality of a brokered agreement intended to ease some absentee ballot rules for the November election. The State Board of Elections this...

National, state Republicans sue over major ballot decision

Sep. 25, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican Party is suing to try to overturn a decision that lets Michigan count absentee ballots up to 14 days after the Nov. 3 election. The state and national GOP said existing law, which cuts off absentee ballots when polls close on Election Day, should be honored. A judge, citing...

Tennessee prosecutors at odds over abortion law enforcement

Sep. 25, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee prosecutors are at odds over whether to enforce a new law that requires abortion providers to tell their patients it may be possible to reverse the action of abortion medication half-way through the procedure. Doctors who do not comply could face felony charges, fines and...