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Correction: Orioles-Nationals-TV Dispute story

Nov. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 15 about a legal dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the judge denied a motion by the Nationals to reargue the case that led to his Aug. 22 decision to confirm an award recommended by an...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Man convicted in shooting death of dog

Nov. 16, 2019 11:08 AM EST

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been convicted of breaking into his employer’s home and killing the man’s dog. The Bangor Daily News reports a judge on Thursday found 24-year-old Justin Chipman guilty in the August 2018 shooting death of Franky, a pug. Chipman was convicted on...

3 Mountain West states lack traditional insanity defense

Nov. 16, 2019 3:31 AM EST

Last year, on a warm Saturday evening in Boise, Idaho, Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. walked into the birthday party of a family. In a random attack, he stabbed nine people, including the birthday girl Ruya Kadir. That little girl died at just three years old. There’s a gag order on the trial so information is...

Florida governor appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

Planned Parenthood awarded $2.3 million for secret videos

Nov. 15, 2019 7:26 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal jury found Friday that an anti-abortion activist illegally secretly recorded workers at Planned Parenthood clinics and is liable for violating federal and state laws. The jury ordered him, the Center for Medical Progress and other parties to pay nearly $2.3 million in...

Jury rules USA Swimming not liable in sexual abuse case

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A jury in California has ruled that USA Swimming was not negligent in the case of a former coach who sexually abused a 13-year-old swimmer, although she will receive $1,125,000 from two USA Swimming affiliates in a civil lawsuit. In the criminal case, former Stockton Swim club coach...

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

N Carolina legislative districts set for 2020 as appeal ends

Nov. 15, 2019 7:00 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s legislative districts are set for the 2020 elections after the state Supreme Court refused on Friday to fast-track a redistricting appeal. That decision led the plaintiffs who successfully sued based on partisan bias claims to end their legal challenges. The...

Judge rules school shooting suspect incompetent for trial

Nov. 15, 2019 6:56 PM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A judge has ruled the teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school mentally incompetent to stand trial. State District Judge John Ellison ordered Dimitrios Pagourtzis to be committed to a state mental facility for up to four months. Ellison ruled Friday in...