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R Kelly accuser to give key testimony on trial-fixing charge

Aug. 13, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago that starts Monday is in many ways a do-over of his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted the singer on charges that he produced a video of himself when he was around 30 having sex with a girl no older than 14. ...

Jury: Democratic PAC defamed Roy Moore, awards him $8.2M

Aug. 12, 2022 23:25 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal jury awarded Republican Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages Friday after finding a Democratic-aligned super PAC defamed him in a TV ad recounting sexual misconduct accusations during his failed 2017 U.S. Senate bid in Alabama. Jurors found the Senate...

Family of slain Texas soldier seeking $35 million in damages

Aug. 12, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The family of a Texas soldier who was was sexually harassed and killed at a military base near Killeen in 2020 filed a lawsuit Friday seeking $35 million in damages from the U.S. government. The family of 20-year-old Vanessa Guillen is seeking damages on the...

Judge tells Lyman County to work with tribe on election plan

Aug. 12, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge temporarily ordered a South Dakota county to work with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe to implement by November a redistricting plan to allow for the election of tribal candidates to the County Commission. The tribe had sued Lyman County,...

Court: Proposed judicial election changes unconstitutional

Aug. 12, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a proposal to change the way state Supreme Court justices are elected is unconstitutional and cannot appear on the November ballot. The 5-2 ruling upheld a March decision by District Court Judge Peter Ohmann of...

Louisiana Supreme Court rejects appeal in abortion ban case

Aug. 12, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday denied an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban, allowing the ban to stay in effect. The ruling marked a major blow to abortion-rights advocates and providers, who had...

Appeals court: school in desegregation case can open

Aug. 12, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A south Louisiana school district has won the right to re-open a school that was closed under a federal judge’s order in a long-running desegregation case. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote...

Jury in kidnap plot case hears about ride to Whitmer house

Aug. 12, 2022 14:48 PM EDT

An FBI agent who was working undercover told jurors Friday that he accompanied two men on a night drive to see the Michigan governor's vacation home, directly connecting the pair to a key step in an alleged plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. Mark Schweers also explained how he...

Appeals court puts Georgia PSC elections back on ballot

Aug. 12, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday ordered that statewide elections for two Georgia public service commissioners be put back on the November ballot, only a week after a federal judge postponed the elections after finding that electing the five commissioners statewide illegally...

Found guilty at trial, Texas man drinks cloudy liquid, dies

Aug. 12, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A man on trial in Texas died Thursday after drinking from a large water bottle containing a cloudy liquid as a jury found him guilty of child sexual assault, officials said. Edward Leclair, 57, was on trial in Denton, located about 40 miles (64 kilometers)...