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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike in New York. Avenatti stood to greet 120 prospective jurors who came to a New York courtroom Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 too fill out questionnaires for his trial on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. As they entered, jurors seemed largely unaware of Avenatti as his lawyers and others stood around him. But U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe told the potential jurors that they were being considered to decide a criminal case involving charges of extortion and honest services wire fraud against Avenatti. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Prosecutor: Michael Avenatti saw dollar signs in Nike fraud

Jan. 29, 2020 3:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor kicked off opening statements at Michael Avenatti's attempted extortion trial Wednesday by saying the deep-in-debt California lawyer used the “modern weapon” of a big social media following and clout as a television program guest to try to extort millions of...

Navy settles lawsuit, won't scrape ship hulls in Puget Sound

Jan. 29, 2020 3:21 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Wednesday agreed to a 10-year moratorium on scraping the hulls of decommissioned vessels in Puget Sound. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, settles a lawsuit filed by the environmental group Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and joined by Washington Attorney...

School sued by former student over sexual abuse

Jan. 29, 2020 9:56 AM EST

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (AP) — A former student at a private boarding school for girls in Connecticut says in a federal lawsuit that the school was negligent for allowing a former faculty member to sexually abuse her. The suit filed Tuesday alleges the Westover School in Middlebury failed and refused to report...

Unwed, pregnant teacher can sue Catholic school over bias

Jan. 29, 2020 9:44 AM EST

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A teacher who alleges that she was fired from her job at a Roman Catholic school because the diocese was upset she was pregnant and unmarried has lost another bid for reinstatement, but she will be allowed to proceed with her discrimination lawsuit. A judge in Northumberland County,...

Colorado city settles police shooting lawsuit for nearly $9M

Jan. 28, 2020 7:18 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado city agreed to pay nearly $9 million to settle claims from an officer-involved shooting that left one person dead and another paralyzed, officials said. The agreement by Northglenn and its insurer is among the largest settlements in the state’s history related to police...

Customers accuse utility of illegally threatening power cut

Jan. 28, 2020 5:50 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Maine lawyers are filing a lawsuit against Central Maine Power on the behalf of three customers who say the utility illegally threatened to shutoff their power. Philip Coffin and Summer Lipman said they would file the suit Tuesday, WGME-TV reported. They plan to seek...

FILE — In this April 9, 2019 file photo is the California Department of Motor Vehicles office in the Arleta neighborhood of Los Angeles. The California DMV announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that it has come to an agreement with soccer fan Jonathan Kotler who had sued the department claiming it had violated his First Amendment rights by rejecting a personalized license plate he said would celebrate his favorite team, but which the DMV said might be deemed offensive. The lawsuit said Kotler applied for a plate that would read COYW, an abbreviation of

California settles lawsuit with soccer fan over vanity plate

Jan. 28, 2020 4:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California soccer fan has won in his attempt to honor his favorite soccer team with the vanity plate “COYW” -- an acronym for the slogan “Come On You Whites.” The state Department of Motor Vehicles initially said the tagline has offensive...

Mother sues San Antonio hotel after bottle strikes son

Jan. 28, 2020 3:47 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A mother who says her 2-year-old son was seriously injured when a glass ketchup bottle fell on his head from a fifth floor balcony of a San Antonio hotel is suing the establishment for at least $1 million. Cassandra DeLa Cruz’s lawsuit says her son, Jacob Francisco, suffered...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017 file photo, demonstrators carrying signs chant as they protest outside of the White House in Washington during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Trump's travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is headed back to a federal appeals court, three years after it was first imposed. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2020, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is scheduled to hear arguments in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the ban. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Court hears request to proceed with Trump travel ban cases

Jan. 28, 2020 2:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared skeptical Tuesday as civil rights groups sought to allow legal challenges to President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries to move forward despite a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban. The ban, put in place...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Arkansas eye surgery referendum

Jan. 28, 2020 2:10 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit trying to block from this year's ballot a referendum on a new law expanding the procedures that optometrists can perform. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen dismissed the lawsuit by Arkansans for Healthy Eyes, a group that...