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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...

Judge blocks Baltimore from banning Catholic group's rally

Oct. 13, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

Baltimore city officials can’t ban a conservative Roman Catholic media outlet from holding a prayer rally at a city-owned pavilion during a U.S. bishops’ meeting next month, a federal judge has ruled, saying the First Amendment right to free speech is “at the heart of this case." ...

Judge: Kansas City's plan to divert police funds was illegal

Oct. 05, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge ruled Tuesday that Kansas City officials violated state law when they moved toward shifting 18% of the police department's budget into community services. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Campbell sided with a...

Court: Town didn't have authority to fix property assessment

Oct. 01, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A judge was wrong to decide that the town of Merrimack could correct its undervaluation of the Merrimack Premium Outlets Center by adjusting its assessment, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Friday. In 2016, the town conducted a revaluation...

Baltimore argues Catholic group's rally could bring violence

Sep. 30, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

A conservative Roman Catholic media outlet seeking to stage a rally during a U.S. bishops' meeting in Baltimore claims city officials canceled the event because they disapprove of its religious message. The city says the gathering poses a threat to public safety, claiming the fringe group...

Court says city can ban Confederate flag in veterans parade

Sep. 28, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia city did not violate the constitutional rights of a Sons of Confederate Veterans group when it banned the Confederate battle flag from its annual parade honoring veterans of American wars, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Richard Leake and...

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A...

Georgia judge upholds disqualification of mayoral candidate

Sep. 27, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge Monday upheld a city official’s decision to disqualify a candidate for mayor because of a past felony conviction. Julius Hall had filed paperwork to run in the November election for mayor of Port Wentworth, a city of 11,000...

Congress, court pressure New York City to fix jails crisis

Sep. 24, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City faced mounting pressure Friday to solve its spiraling jail crisis, with members of Congress calling for a federal civil rights investigation and a court-appointed monitor blasting the city for a failure of leadership amid staggering violence, self-harm and the...

Jury orders city of Roy to pay $3.26M to men shot by police

Sep. 24, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

ROY, Wash. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded two men who live south of Tacoma a total of $3.26 million for injuries suffered when they were shot by one of the town of Roy’s two police officers during a drunken joy ride in a 2019 snowstorm. The verdict is one of the...