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An Idaho Appeals court rules judge abused court’s discretion

May. 25, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A 25-year-old Post Falls man who was sentenced to prison three years ago for having sex with a 14-year-old girl got a reprieve this week as a state appellate court ruled the sentencing decision may have been too hasty. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the Idaho Court of Appeals...

Lawsuit: Kansas mayor deleted posts panning virus response

May. 25, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

SCOTT CITY, Kan. (AP) — A resident of a western Kansas town is claiming in a lawsuit that the mayor violated residents' free-speech rights by deleting criticism on social media of how the town was responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Tracy Chambless says in the lawsuit that Scott City and its mayor,...

Pastor sentenced for stealing Oso slide donations

May. 25, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Bodies were still buried beneath the mud of the Oso hillside in May 2014 when pastor Gary Ray funneled $30,000 in cash — donations meant for grieving families of the 43 killed — into a church bank account where only he had access. “People were still searching...

North Carolina man sentenced to prison for cyberstalking

May. 25, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after sending hundreds of harassing messages to a woman in Maryland. The Charlotte-based federal prosecutor's office said in a news release that Charles Timothy Browne, 57, of...

Poland's president appoints new head of embattled top court

May. 25, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday appointed a judge backed by the right-wing ruling party to be the new head of the Supreme Court, marking apparent victory in years of government efforts to take control of the court. The new head, Malgorzata Manowska, 55, is also head of the...

2 Idaho men sentenced for a 2018 carjacking

May. 25, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Two East Idaho men have been sentenced for a carjacking that occurred in September 2018 on Riverton Road in Blackfoot. The Idaho State-Journal reports Rockit Rodriguez, 23, of Blackfoot, was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pocatello to 130 months in prison for...

Montana attorney general challenges mail-in ballot deadline

May. 25, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

A court ruling that allows election ballots to be counted as long as they are postmarked by June 2 is being challenged by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Previously only ballots that arrived by the date of the election could be counted. State District Court Judge Donald Harris on Friday temporarily suspended...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. May 20, 2020. Texas AG Paxton’s cynical ploy lost in the mail as Texas voters prevail Stop us if you’ve heard this one: what’s the difference between the novel coronavirus and the voter fraud rate in Texas? Give up? They’re both microscopic, but if a federal ruling...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, a worker completes an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, eastern Germany.  Germany's Federal Court has ruled Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners who bought vehicles rigged to cheat in emissions tests but consumers must accept current value taking into account the mileage they drove rather than the full purchase price. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

May. 25, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price....

Fed judge rules Florida can't stop poor felons from voting

May. 25, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled Sunday night that Florida law can't stop felons from voting because they can't pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. In a 125-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed...