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Hawaii fisherman gets $260 fine for illegal haul worth $37K

Jun. 6, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has imposed a $260 fine on one of three fisherman in Hawaii who was accused of violating the state's ban on aquarium fishing and recovered an illegal catch worth more than $37,000 in February, court officials said. “This is outrageous,” said Inga Gibson of Pono...

Tennessee seeks to appeal, block vote by mail for all ruling

Jun. 6, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials on Friday sought an appeal and an immediate pause to a court’s ruling this week that lets all 4.1 million registered voters vote by mail during to the coronavirus pandemic, as the state made updates to its materials to reflect the expansion. The state...

Officials probe COVID-19 outbreak at Houston-area facility

Jun. 5, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Health officials said Friday that they are investigating an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus at a suburban Houston health care facility that has been quarantined after 14 deaths were reported. Harris County Public Health began investigating the outbreak on April 21 after two people tested...

N.C. court: Death-row inmates can use repealed bias law

Jun. 5, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Most death row inmates in North Carolina can again use a law addressing racial discrimination to seek life sentences instead, even though the law was amended and later repealed, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The majority of justices agreed in a pair of cases that most of the...

N.J. sexual abuse law survives catholic school's challenge

Jun. 5, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

Morristown, N.J. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a New Jersey statute that gives victims of sexual abuse more time to sue. The 2019 law waived the statue of limitations and allowed victims to file civil suits until they are 55, or seven years after they discover they were abused. Judge...

Tennessee official: Don't send forms yet for expanded voting

Jun. 5, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s election coordinator told his local counterparts Friday not to send absentee voting applications to some Tennesseans just yet, guidance issued the day after a court ordered that all 4.1 million registered voters can vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. In...

Judge sentences father to 22 years in prison in son's death

Jun. 5, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — A judge sentenced a New Richmond man Friday to 22 years in prison in connection with the death of his son. Prosecutors accused 44-year-old Kayle Fleischauer of beating and shooting his 19-year-old son, Chase Fleischauer, in April 2018 after the two had been drinking. A jury initially...

Court rules reporter's White House pass unfairly suspended

Jun. 5, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the White House last year unfairly suspended the press credentials of a Washington reporter for Playboy. Reporter Brian Karem filed a federal lawsuit after the administration imposed a 30-day suspension of the pass that...

Court allows amusement park death lawsuit to move forward

Jun. 5, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The wife of a central Iowa amusement park employee killed in an accident at the park in 2016 can proceed with a federal lawsuit and the park’s insurance company may have to pay damages, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. The court had to consider whether the insurance...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Letecia Stauch makes her first appearance in El Paso County District Court in Colorado Springs, Colo. Stauch, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 11-year-old stepson, is now accused of plotting to break out of jail. Stauch solicited help from a fellow inmate to escape from the El Paso County Jail, according to a probable cause affidavit dated Monday, June 1, 2020. (KRDO-TV/The Gazette via AP, Pool, File)

Competency evaluation for woman accused of killing stepson

Jun. 5, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson and plotting to break out of jail must undergo a competency evaluation to determine her ability to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday. District Judge Gregory Werner granted a defense motion for the evaluation,...