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Northern California county ravaged by wildfire sues utility

Jan. 15, 2019 9:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Northern California county where a deadly wildfire killed 86 people last year sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Tuesday, a day after the utility announced it will file for bankruptcy. Butte County's lawsuit blames the utility for the wildfire that sparked Nov. 8 and...

Guam Catholic Church enters bankruptcy amid sex abuse claims

Jan. 15, 2019 9:07 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Catholic Church filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations. Ford Elsaesser, an attorney representing the church, said the Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was...

PG&E bankruptcy could mean price hikes, unpaid fire lawsuits

Jan. 15, 2019 8:51 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation's largest utility won't get all the money they may be owed. Here are some key things...

Dartmouth: Officials didn't know of sexual misconduct claims

Jan. 15, 2019 8:22 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College said it was unaware of sexual misconduct allegations against three professors until it was alerted by scores of female students. The college's comment Tuesday is its first response to a federal lawsuit accusing it of ignoring the behavior. The college also said it has...

Woman sues LaSalle County for being forcibly stripped

Jan. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday by a woman who claims LaSalle County sheriff's deputies violated her civil rights when they forcibly stripped her following a 2017 arrest. The attorney for Zandrea Askew said three female deputies stripped the former Marine sergeant on Jan. 20, 2017, after...

Hospital: Doc gave near-death patients excessive pain meds

Jan. 15, 2019 8:01 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked that lifesaving measures be stopped, an Ohio hospital system announced after being sued by a family...

Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

Jan. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants. In a 277-page...

Filing: OxyContin maker forecast 'blizzard of prescriptions'

Jan. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were...

Judge says Papa John's founder entitled to corporate records

Jan. 15, 2019 4:41 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge ruled Tuesday that the embattled founder of the Papa John's pizza chain is entitled to corporate records that the company has refused to turn over to him. John Schnatter sued Papa John's International Inc. last year, claiming he needs the records to inform himself in...

Milwaukee hospital to pay $360K for improper waste disposal

Jan. 15, 2019 4:41 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin's attorney general says a Milwaukee hospital will pay $360,000 to settle a lawsuit for improperly disposing of pharmaceutical hazardous waste from 2013 to 2016. Attorney General Josh Kaul on Tuesday announced the settlement approved by a Milwaukee County judge. The lawsuit from...