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Danny Masterson convicted of 2 counts of rape, ‘That '70s Show’ actor faces 30 years to life

Jun. 01, 2023 05:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “That '70s Show” star Danny Masterson was led out in handcuffs from a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday and could get 30 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty on two of three counts of rape at his second trial, in which the Church of Scientology played a...

Decorated Australian war veteran unlawfully killed prisoners in Afghanistan, judge says

Jun. 01, 2023 03:45 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most decorated living war veteran unlawfully killed prisoners and committed other war crimes in Afghanistan, a judge ruled Thursday in dismissing the claims by Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith that he was defamed by media. Federal Court judge...

Judge agrees to seal court documents in Ralph Yarl shooting; suspect to be in court

Jun. 01, 2023 00:55 AM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man accused of shooting a Black teenager who mistakenly came to his door last month is scheduled to be back in court Thursday, days after a judge ruled that court documents in the case will be sealed and kept from the public. The hearing for...

Revised DACA program to be debated before Texas judge who previously ruled against it

Jun. 01, 2023 00:43 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A revised version of a federal policy that prevents the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children is set to be debated Thursday before a federal judge who previously ruled the program illegal. Attorneys representing the nine...

Russian court prepares way for new trial against jailed Kremlin foe Navalny

May. 31, 2023 23:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Wednesday set a new date for a hearing paving the way for another trial of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny that could keep him in prison for decades. The Moscow City Court initially scheduled for Wednesday a preliminary hearing to...

Adult filmmakers ask judge to delay Utah law requiring porn sites verify user ages

May. 31, 2023 20:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Attorneys representing adult entertainers, erotica authors and sex educators on Wednesday asked a judge to put on hold a Utah law requiring porn and other adult websites verify user ages. The Free Speech Coalition and its co-plaintiffs argued the new state law...

North Carolina GOP negotiations likely next to curb appointment powers of Gov. Roy Cooper

May. 31, 2023 19:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House and Senate Republicans are likely headed to negotiations over how to retool the composition of several key state commissions controlled by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's appointees after the House approved its version of the changes on Wednesday. ...

Iowa judge orders continued probation for teen sex trafficking victim who killed her alleged abuser

May. 31, 2023 18:45 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A teenage sex trafficking victim who fatally stabbed the man she accused of abusing her was resentenced Wednesday to probation, telling an Iowa judge that she now has a support system to help keep her on track. Prosecutors agreed that Pieper Lewis should...

Oklahoma high court strikes down 2 abortion bans; procedure remains illegal in most cases

May. 31, 2023 18:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that two state laws banning abortion are unconstitutional, but the procedure remains illegal in the state in nearly all cases except life-threatening situations. In a 6-3 ruling, the high court said the two bans are...

Court: No lawsuit immunity for Michigan official who had rifle during online meeting

May. 31, 2023 18:04 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit can go forward against a Michigan official who flashed a rifle during a public meeting over video conference, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. Patricia MacIntosh is suing Ron Clous, alleging he tried to silence her right to free speech when he...