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US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center

Aug. 19, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Loved ones propped photos of more than a dozen young people lost to the opioid crisis against the outside of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Monday as a judge inside heard arguments on whether the city could become the nation's first to open a supervised injection center. U.S....

Illinois man to be sentenced for threatening Arizona senator

Aug. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator is expected to be sentenced Monday in Phoenix. The guilty plea previously entered by 58-year-old James Dean Blevins calls for him to serve probation for threatening an...

Parents of 2 killed during police chase settle lawsuit

Aug. 19, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

PEVELY, Mo. (AP) — The parents or two men killed during a police chase in 2014 have settled lawsuits against the city of Pevely for a total of $347,500. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a federal judge approved the settlement Monday. Toya Steed, mother of 21-year-old Lavoy Savalas Steed, will receive...

Virginia school board will keep defending transgender policy

Aug. 19, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — A school board in Virginia says it will keep fighting in court to defend its transgender bathroom ban. The Gloucester County School Board said Friday it intends to appeal a recent federal court decision that sided with former student Gavin Grimm. The announcement follows a ruling by...

Federal jury sides with FBI in wrongful termination case

Aug. 19, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A federal jury in Mississippi has ruled against an FBI agent who sued the agency for wrongful termination as a result of reporting racial discrimination. Citing a U.S. Attorney's Office statement, WDAM-TV reports the Hattiesburg jury on Friday ruled that former agent Warren...

Analysis: Republicans line up to support immigration arrests

Aug. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

Many Mississippi Republican officials see the immigration raids on seven chicken processing plants earlier this month not only as good policy, but as good politics. The raids were maybe most a gift to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who lucked into a Twitter clash with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, currently a huge...

Attorneys seek dismissal of Annapolis public housing suit

Aug. 18, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Attorneys for the city of Annapolis, Maryland, are asking a federal judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit that contends the city has discriminated against people who live in public housing. The Capital Gazette reports that attorneys say conditions of public housing aren't exclusive to...

Document: Vegas man allegedly planned to attack McDonald's

Aug. 17, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A court document says a Las Vegas man accused of plotting to firebomb a synagogue or bar catering to LGBT customers also allegedly planned an attack on a fast-food restaurant. U.S. Magistrate Nancy Koppe wrote in a detention order for 23-year-old Conor Climo on a weapons charge that he had...

Grafton appeals decision on private school tuition

Aug. 17, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Grafton School District is asking a federal court to overturn a decision by a state administrative law judge that forced it to pay $78,000 a year in tuition, plus expenses, to send a student to a boarding school that specializes in learning disabilities. The Journal Sentinel reports...

Judge blasts Georgia officials' handling of election system

Aug. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have for years ignored, downplayed and failed to address serious problems with the state's election management system and voting machines, a federal judge said in a scathing order this week. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said those problems place a burden on...