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Wisconsin Democrats promote new redistricting plan

Jul. 16, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday worked to generate momentum for a bill calling for civil servants to draw legislative district boundaries, insisting it's the right time to pass the measure after the U.S. Supreme Court killed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's Republican-drawn...

Man pleads guilty in case tied to ex-St. Louis County leader

Jul. 16, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A businessman has admitted in federal court that he provided bribes as part of former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's pay-to-play scheme, the fourth person to plead guilty in connection with the crime. John Rallo pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of bribery. Sentencing will...

The Latest: Judge orders R&B singer R. Kelly held in jail

Jul. 16, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A federal judge has ordered R&B singer R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex crime charges. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling Tuesday after Kelly was arrested last week...

Portland sued over Superfund site cleanup efforts

Jul. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland is being sued over its plan to use up to $12 million from a surcharge on customers' sewer bills to help pay to plan the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports it's the second lawsuit challenging the use of funds collected by the...

New districts upheld in Navajo voting-rights case

Jul. 16, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that found voting districts in a Utah county were racially gerrymandered and violated the rights of Navajo voters. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver handed down the opinion Tuesday in the case that resulted in the election of the...

Woman pleads not guilty in Las Vegas manicurist murder case

Jul. 16, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman who authorities say ran down a salon worker trying to stop her from skipping out on a $35 manicure pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges and lost a bid to be freed from jail pending trial. A judge in Las Vegas told Krystal Whipple, standing in shackles, that "proof...

Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

Jul. 16, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam has been sentenced to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14 million...

The Latest: GOP, commission seek fees in redistricting case

Jul. 16, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Democratic bill to revamp Wisconsin's legislative redistricting process (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Assembly Republicans and the state Elections Commission want Democratic voters to pay $64,351 in costs after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month negated the voters'...

Court reinstates challenge to 'habitual drunkard' law

Jul. 16, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging an unusual Virginia law that allows police to arrest and jail people designated as "habitual drunkards" was reinstated by a deeply divided federal appeals court Tuesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the challenge to Virginia's so-called...

Cases in which police officers were charged in shootings

Jul. 16, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

Federal prosecutors said they aren't bringing criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry for those protesting how police treat black suspects. However, prosecutors...