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Louisiana man serving life for $30 drug sale set to be freed

Aug. 7, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Prosecutors in Louisiana have agreed to release a Black veteran serving a life sentence in prison without parole over a $30 marijuana sale, according to his defense attorneys. The decision reached Thursday in Vermilion Parish will allow Derek Harris to be freed after nine years in...

FILE - This undated file photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives, from left, Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. A Venezuela court has launched the trial for the six oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.  (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP, File)

American oil execs, held 2 years, go to trial in Venezuela

Aug. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuela court has launched the trial of six American oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday. The lingering case appears to have taken a new sense of urgency,...

Court lifts ruling against 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

Aug. 7, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday lifted a judge's ruling blocking four Arkansas abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner’s consent before a woman could get an...

Appeals court sides with teen who spoke out against assault

Aug. 7, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court was justified in blocking the suspension of a Maine high school student who posted a note in a bathroom to draw attention to sexual assault. Cape Elizabeth schools suspended Aela Mansmann, then a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020,  in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to find, trap and kill him on U.S. and Canadian soil. The lawsuit filed by former intelligence official Saad Aljabri is his latest effort to try and bring about international and public pressure on the young crown prince.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Federal suit filed against Saudi crown prince by ex-official

Aug. 7, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to trap and kill him in the U.S. and Canada. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, by Saad Aljabri is the...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013, file photo, actor Andy Dick arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at The Culver Studios in Culver City, Calif. Comedian Andy Dick has filed a lawsuit in New Orleans against the man who punched him last year outside a French Quarter nightclub.  Documents in the July 30, 2020, lawsuit were made public Thursday, Aug. 6, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

Comedian Andy Dick sues man who punched him in New Orleans

Aug. 7, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian Andy Dick has filed a lawsuit in New Orleans against the man who punched him last year outside a French Quarter nightclub. Documents in the July 30 lawsuit were made public Thursday, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. Dick, 54, said the punch by David Hale,...

TAKES OUT REFERENCE OF FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER - FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson.  Dozens of more victims who said they were molested by the University of Michigan doctor have filed a lawsuit against the school. They include a former student who claims he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler about the abuse in 1982.  (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan via AP)

Judge: U-Mich. must tell alumni about doctor abuse lawsuits

Aug. 7, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Michigan to inform alumni about a class-action lawsuit against the school over sexual abuse by a longtime campus doctor. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts intervened after lawyers argued that the university shouldn't be communicating with...

Judge halts St. Louis evictions through the end of August

Aug. 7, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has ordered a halt to evictions in St. Louis through the end of August, but a civil rights advocacy group says the moratorium should be extended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Circuit Court Presiding Judge Rex Burlison issued the order Thursday. It does not apply to commercial...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018 file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn, listens as he attends a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal appeals court in Washington has revived House Democrats’ lawsuit to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before a congressional committee. But the court's action Friday left other legal issues unresolved with time growing short in the current Congress.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Appeals court revives House lawsuit for McGahn's testimony

Aug. 7, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday revived House Democrats' lawsuit to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before a congressional committee, but left other legal issues unresolved with time growing short in the current Congress. The full U.S. Court of...

Ohio Supreme Court to hear armed school staff training case

Aug. 7, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a school district's appeal of a ruling that they must provide police-level training to employees carrying concealed weapons. Madison Local Schools voted to allow armed school employees after a 2016 shooting in which two students were shot and wounded...