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Cases against pork giant continue after big penalty slashed

May. 27, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for the world's largest pork producer don't want jurors to hear about the finances of a company whose industrial-scale hog operations caused a stench so bad it made life miserable for its rural neighbors. Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday in a Raleigh federal...

Why a judge says @realDonaldTrump can't block opponents

May. 27, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

President Donald Trump can do many things on Twitter. He can call a former FBI director "slippery" and a former president "cheatin'." He can spontaneously SWITCH TO ALL CAPS and claim media organizations are "fake news." But now there's one thing a federal judge says Trump can't do: Block users because of...

Film explores Chinese Exclusion Act as US immigration 'DNA'

May. 27, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Politicians seizing on immigrants as an election issue. Newspaper headlines calling for action. Talk of legislation to institute a ban. If viewers of "The Chinese Exclusion Act" documentary end up with a sense of deja vu between the film's subject, a law from 1882 that barred Chinese people...

More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

May. 27, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Courts are engaged in two broad...

Pakistan to hold parliamentary elections on July 25

May. 27, 2018 2:09 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says it will hold parliamentary and provincial assembly elections on July 25. It will be the first vote since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court for concealing financial assets abroad. His party is expected to do well, despite coming under...

Court: Gov't violated privacy law for defrauded students

May. 26, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the Education Department violated privacy laws with regard to students defrauded by the Corinthian for-profit college chain. In a break with Obama administration policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in December that some students cheated by the...

Solicitor General: Supreme Court should hear Crow case

May. 26, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court should review a case in which a Crow tribal member and game warden from Montana is asserting his treaty right to hunt elk in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest, a top official with the U.S. Department of Justice said. A ruling could resolve disagreements among...

Weighing risks, Massachusetts hedges bet on sports wagering

May. 26, 2018 12:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has plenty to gain or lose as policymakers weigh the state's response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sports betting. After all, the state is home to some of the nation's most ardent sports fans and most successful professional sports franchises. Massachusetts' first...

Bowdoin, UMaine Law School hold commencement

May. 26, 2018 10:41 AM EDT

Bowdoin College and the University of Maine Law School are holding commencement exercises. In keeping with tradition, students are delivering the commencement address at Bowdoin: Jepte (HEP'-tay) Vergara Benitez and Helen Galvin Ross. The 489 graduates on Saturday represent 41 states, the District of Columbia and...

Man gets probation for pointing laser pointer at aircraft

May. 26, 2018 10:22 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at an Oklahoma City Police Department helicopter has been sentenced to probation. Federal court records show that U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton sentenced 30-year-old Travis Allen Jones to three years' probation on Tuesday. Jones must...