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US appeals court rules for bartenders, waiters in tip fight

Sep. 18, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Restaurants must pay waiters and bartenders minimum wage when they are engaged in tasks such as cleaning toilets that are unrelated to their main jobs and do not offer tips, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday. At issue in the decision by an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S....

Judge: Georgia has stalled in face of voting system risks

Sep. 18, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As Georgia's top elections official runs for governor, a federal judge said the state has stalled too long in the face of "a mounting tide of evidence of the inadequacy and security risks" of its voting system. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, is in the midst of a closely watched...

Lawsuits filed over St. Louis police 'kettling' practice

Sep. 18, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than a dozen people arrested in a police "kettle" during a 2017 protest in St. Louis are suing the city, police officers and their supervisors, alleging they were roughed up, pepper sprayed and illegally detained. Federal lawsuits were filed Monday, a year to the day after the Sept....

Argentina: Key points in study of pedophile priest Grassi

Sep. 18, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Here are some key points from a church counter-inquiry into the legal case against a famous Argentine priest accused of sexual abuse. The four-volume study was commissioned by Argentina's bishops' conference, then led by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, before he was named Pope...

Defrauded students inch closer to victory in DeVos lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' move to ease protections for former students of for-profit colleges should be reversed, handing a victory to those who said they were defrauded by their schools. But U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss put his ruling on hold...

South African court says marijuana use in private is legal

Sep. 18, 2018 7:17 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's top court says adults can use marijuana in private. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld a provincial court's ruling in a case involving Gareth Prince, who advocates the decriminalization of the drug. Prince says cannabis should be regulated in the same way as...

Video of shooting on repeat at Chicago cop's murder trial

Sep. 17, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The last moments of Laquan McDonald's life played over and over again for the jury. An officer pulls up, gets out of a squad car and opens fire as the black teenager walks away from police, a small knife in one hand. McDonald crumples to the ground. More bullets are fired into his body...

Ruling keeps Hawaii man hospitalized in '06 triple murder

Sep. 17, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The retired U.S. judge who was tied up after a man allegedly shot and killed three people in Honolulu in 2006 says he's satisfied with a ruling that dismisses all charges but recommits him to a psychiatric hospital. Capping one of Hawaii's most infamous cases, a state judge last week found...

Chicago officials approve $16M for shooting victim's family

Sep. 17, 2018 9:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago City Council committee has given the go-ahead for a $16 million payment to the family of a woman who was fatally shot when a police officer fired at a teenage neighbor of hers. The city's corporation counsel, Edward Siskel, told the finance committee Monday that the payment to...

Guatemala govt bars anti-graft chief, defying court ruling

Sep. 17, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The government on Monday defied a ruling by Guatemala's top court to allow the return of the man who heads a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission, with officials arguing they have the right to force his replacement. The announcement came after the Constitutional Court issued a...