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Judge rejects pharmacy chains' bid to toss opioid suits

Aug. 7, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue, a federal judge in Cleveland has determined. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster rejected the pharmacy...

Arkansas corruption scandal duo released from prison early

Aug. 7, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two major figures involved in an Arkansas public corruption scandal have been released to home confinement or a halfway house despite having significant time left on their prison sentences, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons. The bureau confirmed Thursday that Milton...

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...

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...

Demonstrators gather at Floyd Light City Park before heading  to Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Protests turned violent again even after the mayor pleaded with demonstrators to stay off the streets. Police say an officer suffered what was described as a severe injury after being hit with a rock late Thursday. (Mark Graves /The Oregonian via AP)

Portland protesters cause mayhem again, police officer hurt

Aug. 7, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of about 200 people, some wielding homemade shields, clashed with police early Friday in Portland, Oregon for the third consecutive night as two other Black Lives Matter rallies proceeded peacefully elsewhere in the city, authorities said. The demonstration with unrest came...

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...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020 file photo, vehicles circulate on Army Boulevard, on the second day of the reopening of the economy, three-months after a lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus in Soyapango, El Salvador. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check, in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold by August. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. Other countries have seen...

Belgian court rejects move to extradite ex-Catalan minister

Aug. 7, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian court on Friday rejected Spain’s demand to have a former high-ranking politician from the region of Catalonia extradited, in yet another set back for the country's efforts to try several officials in exile over their alleged roles in an independence referendum that Madrid...