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In a photo provided by Word Aflame Ministries, people are outdoors during a service at Word Aflame Tabernacle in La Habra Heights, Calif. The Pentecostal church says the city violated its constitutional rights by harassing it over the way it has held outdoor gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Word Aflame Ministries via AP)

Church: California city violated its rights during pandemic

Oct. 29, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When other church leaders protested coronavirus shutdown orders, saying they were following the word of the Lord, pastor Joe Garcia said he followed the word of the law. He held services online for months during coronavirus restrictions and later his Pentecostal flock socially distanced...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, Lisa Finander, right, checks that each ballot has the voter's name on the ballot and mailing envelope and Laurie Mattila, left, checked that it was correct at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services in Minneapolis. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 that Minnesota absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court.(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Court: Late Minnesota absentee ballots must be separated

Oct. 29, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota absentee ballots arriving after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court, an appeals court panel said Thursday, in a ruling that puts the state's extended counting period at risk and sets the stage for post-election...

Ex-embassy worker suspected of sexually assaulting 24 women

Oct. 29, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. embassy worker in Mexico is believed to have drugged and sexually assaulted as many as two dozen women, filming many of them while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors. Brian Jeffrey Raymond was arrested earlier this month in San Diego, where he had moved...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020 file photo, trainer Bob Baffert watches at horses workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. A filly trained by the two-time Triple Crown winner has tested positive in a post-race drug test for the second time this year, making it the third positive test by a horse in Baffert’s stable in the last six months. Craig Robertson, Baffert’s attorney, issued a statement confirming Gamine’s test results after her third-place finish as the 7-10 favorite in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Sept. 4.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Calif stewards hear case involving Justify's 2018 drug test

Oct. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stewards at Santa Anita listened to hours of testimony Thursday on Triple Crown winner Justify’s post-race drug test after the 2018 Santa Anita Derby, with attorneys for the horse’s connections arguing that the California Horse Racing Board has no authority or basis to...

Democrats lose suit over Arizona redistricting panel list

Oct. 29, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort by Democratic leaders of the Arizona Legislature to disqualify two of five independents chosen by a judicial panel as potential chairs of a commission that will redraw political district boundaries next year. The lawsuit filed last week by House Minority Leader...

Nevada high court revives Wynn defamation case against AP

Oct. 29, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a defamation lawsuit against The Associated Press based on a story about accounts to Las Vegas police from two women who alleged sexual misconduct by former casino mogul Steve Wynn. The court revived Wynn’s claim that a February 2018...

Colorado jury convicts man in killing of sheriff's deputy

Oct. 29, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado jury on Thursday convicted a man in the killing of a sheriff's deputy in 2018. Dreion Dearing, 24, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of first-degree murder and felony murder of a peace officer. Dearing also was...

Custody assistant charged with sex assault on woman in jail

Oct. 29, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s custody assistant pleaded not guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a woman in a jail cell last year. Daniel Everts, 25, entered pleas to three felonies: forcible oral copulation, oral copulation by threat of arrest or to deport under color of...

Guilty plea entered in deadly kidnapping of Chinese national

Oct. 29, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to kidnap a Chinese citizen who was held for ransom but died of his injuries after the abduction, authorities said. Anthony Valladares, 28, of Pasadena entered the plea in connection with the 2018 kidnapping of Ruochen...

Judge: Ex-CIA officer spy case too complex for speedy trial

Oct. 29, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A case against a former CIA officer accused of spying for China is too complex for a trial to happen until at least September 2021, a judge ruled Thursday. Prosecutors asked the judge to declare the case complex against Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a former CIA officer and contract linguist for...