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Claim dismissed against Ocean City in beach umbrella lawsuit

Jan. 21, 2022 10:02 AM EST

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A judge has dismissed Ocean City from a federal lawsuit over a beach umbrella getting caught in the wind and impaling a woman. The lawsuit filed in June 2021 claimed that negligence on the part of the town and the rental company that owned the umbrella led to...

Ex-Chick-fil-A workers sent to prison in Alabama fraud case

Jan. 21, 2022 09:15 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two former Alabama Chick-fil-A employees have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme to steal nearly $500,000 from the Georgia-based fast-food firm. A federal judge in Alabama handed down the sentences on Thursday, the U.S. Department of...

As 2024 nears, Pence to speak at SC pregnancy center dinner

Jan. 21, 2022 08:48 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he positions himself for a possible White House bid, former Vice President Mike Pence is returning to the early-voting state of South Carolina, slated to give the keynote address at a fundraising banquet for a Christian pregnancy center that's become a regular stop for...

In kids' book, Sotomayor asks: Whom have you helped today?

Jan. 21, 2022 08:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Whom have I helped today?” That's the question Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells kids she asks herself every night before she goes to sleep. Her new children's book, “Just Help! How to Build a Better World,” challenges kids to ask how they will...

Nation's largest abortion protest could be last under Roe

Jan. 21, 2022 00:45 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The largest anti-abortion rally in the U.S. returns Friday with thousands of expected protesters in Washington who feel within reach of their goal for the last 49 years: a sweeping rollback of abortion rights. “My hopes have been dashed many times, but I have...

Judge sides with Alaska attorney who alleged wrongful firing

Jan. 21, 2022 00:41 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge sided Thursday with an attorney who alleged she was wrongly fired by the state of Alaska over political opinions expressed on a personal blog. U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled that Elizabeth Bakalar's December 2018 firing violated her...

Nevada geothermal power lawsuit bound for US appeals court

Jan. 21, 2022 00:28 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court will have to decide whether protecting historical tribal lands and a rare toad warrant blocking a major geothermal plant in Nevada as the nation tries to move away from fossil fuels amid a looming climate crisis. Ormat Technologies says it...

Jury selection proceeds for Avenatti-Stormy Daniels trial

Jan. 20, 2022 21:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the once high-profile California attorney who regularly taunted then-President Donald Trump during frequent television appearances, was introduced Thursday to prospective jurors who will decide whether he cheated porn star Stormy Daniels out of book-deal...

Montana seeks to overturn court ruling on abortion access

Jan. 20, 2022 20:08 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a 1999 opinion that found the state constitution's right to privacy guarantees a woman's access to an abortion — the opinion Planned Parenthood is using to challenge three new abortion laws. ...

California's COVID gun store shutdowns ruled illegal

Jan. 20, 2022 18:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two California counties violated the Constitution's right to keep and bear arms when they shut down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Officials in Los...