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California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims

Oct. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits will be filed against alleged child molesters as well as the institutions that employed them under a new California law taking effect next year, attorneys predicted Monday. The California School Boards Association called the new law an "existential threat" to...

Judge orders voters on 'inactive list' back on rolls

Oct. 14, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ordered the State Board of Elections to return the names of about 175,000 voters to the regular voter rolls. Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate issued the ruling Monday in a lawsuit filed last week by the Kentucky Democratic Party. The lawsuit contends...

Rejection of Oregon forest ballot measures draws lawsuit

Oct. 14, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Backers of rejected ballot measures proposed by environmentalists to tighten Oregon's forestry have filed a lawsuit, saying Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno broke with legal precedent and based her rejection on bad advice from political appointees. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports...

NC Republicans seek moving Congress case to federal court

Oct. 14, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are trying to move from state court to federal court a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina congressional map drawn in 2016. The GOP lawmakers filed a notice Monday in the partisan redistricting litigation that voters filed last month in Wake County...

Correction: Opioid Crisis-Purdue story

Oct. 14, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Oct. 11 about Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the judge handling the case. It is Robert Drain, not Roberts Drain. A corrected version of the story is below: Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its...

Has tech made moving nukes safe enough? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured...

Suit challenges speech rules at Mississippi abortion clinic

Oct. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging a local ordinance that will restrict noise levels and require protesters to remain a certain distance from the entrance of health care facilities. The lawsuit says the Jackson ordinance unconstitutionally limits...

Lawsuit: Inmate kept in Missouri restraint chair 5 days

Oct. 14, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims that a Missouri man who suffered a manic attack was held shackled in a rural jail's restraint chair in lieu of medical treatment for five days, subjected to racial slurs, force-fed and allowed to defecate all over himself. The lawsuit filed last month on behalf of...

Judge asks whether prison health care deal should be tossed

Oct. 14, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge who has criticized Arizona's persistent noncompliance with a settlement requiring improvements to health care for prisoners has ordered lawyers for the state and inmates to decide whether they want to throw out the 5-year-old deal and instead bring the case to trial. Holding...

Former inmate's sexual assault lawsuit to proceed to trial

Oct. 14, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the multimillion dollar lawsuit against Connecticut's prison system and several employees brought by a former inmate who says she was sexually assaulted behind bars can go forward. The Hartford Courant reports that U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea denied a...