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Judge firms up trial date for Smollett, won't dismiss case

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019. An attorney...

Court: Town must turn over emails to gas pipeline builder

Oct. 15, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

A judge on Friday ordered the release of emails between officials in a Philadelphia suburb and the developer of a natural gas pipeline that was charged with environmental crimes related to construction of the multi-billion-dollar project. Officials in Middletown Township...

Appeals court won't stop Maine's COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Oct. 15, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied an emergency request to stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine. The rule, announced by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, requires health care workers to get vaccinated against the disease by Oct....

Idaho Lt. Gov. blames public records mess on press, lawyers

Oct. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

AMMON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin held a news conference Thursday to defend her decision to refuse to release public records until she lost a lawsuit over the matter, criticizing the Idaho Attorney General's office and accusing several news organizations of lying in their...

Michigan inmates win right to kosher meat, cheesecake

Oct. 15, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan must serve kosher meat, dairy and cheesecake to prisoners observing the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, a federal appeals court said, rejecting arguments that a special menu would be too costly and disruptive. The Corrections Department typically...

New Mexico judge denies lab workers' claim in vaccine fight

Oct. 15, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Friday denied a request by dozens of scientists and others at Los Alamos National Laboratory to block a vaccine mandate, meaning workers risk being fired if they don't comply with the lab's afternoon deadline. The case...

Arizona Senate's election review records again ruled public

Oct. 15, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s contention that it can withhold a raft of communications between its leaders and private contractors they hired to conduct an unprecedented review of the 2020 election results in the state’s most populous...

Teen charged in shooting at school held without bond

Oct. 15, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A 15-year-old charged in the shooting death of a classmate at a North Carolina high school last month will remain held without bond. Judge Athena Brooks denied a motion to release Maurice Evans Jr. on bond Thursday, news outlets report. Evans...

OR court: Illegal to deny gun sales to people 18 and 20

Oct. 15, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out an age discrimination lawsuit against a gun retailer, declaring it illegal to deny gun sales to buyers between the ages of 18 and 20. Brandy Dalbeck filed a $10,000...

Former UK student acquitted in crash that killed child

Oct. 15, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former University of Kentucky student has been acquitted of a reckless homicide charge in a DUI crash that killed a 4-year-old child after a football game. A jury deliberated about eight hours on Thursday night in Lexington before acquitting...