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Former jailer pleads guilty to illegal sex with inmate

Apr. 19, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A former jailer in a south Mississippi county has admitted to illegal sex with a female inmate, and a lawyer for the deceased woman's children is seeking monetary damages. Warren Avery pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of attempted unlawful sexual activity and two counts of...

Family sues Southern California utility over wildfire death

Apr. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The brothers of a 73-year-old man who died in a California wildfire last year are suing Southern California Edison for wrongful death and negligence. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, blames the utility for the death of Dr. Alfred deCiutiis, whose body was found after the Woolsey Fire erupted...

Idaho settles whistleblower case for more than $500K

Apr. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal trial in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the state of Idaho has been canceled after the state settled the case for more than $500,000. Former Idaho Department of Labor purchasing agent James Cryer sued the department in December 2016, saying it retaliated against him and...

NYC Ballet must rehire 2 dancers fired over nude photos

Apr. 19, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Ballet must reinstate two male dancers who were fired for sharing nude photos of women and sexually explicit texts, an arbitrator ruled Friday. The arbitrator decided the company should not have fired Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro, who were both named in a lawsuit by a...

Lawsuit after 2 casinos couldn't take March Madness bets

Apr. 19, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A casino operator is suing a tech company after a contract dispute shuttered its sports betting platform at two West Virginia casinos ahead of the NCAA Tournament. A Friday news release from Delaware North says it's filed a civil suit seeking monetary damages against United...

New Mexico reaches deal to settle 32-year-old lawsuit

Apr. 19, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recent settlement outlines a path to ending a 32-year-old lawsuit in New Mexico. The state on Thursday reached a preliminary settlement in the class-action Jackson lawsuit over the rights of developmentally and intellectually disabled individuals. The state says it will take roughly...

Montana State settles discrimination case, hit with new one

Apr. 19, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University has agreed to pay $120,000 to a former student who claimed school officials discriminated against him when they expelled him for allegedly threatening violence against a transgender student. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports news of the school's settlement...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

Lawyers expect to settle some suits over dosages doc ordered

Apr. 19, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys expect to settle a few of the 27 wrongful-death lawsuits filed against an Ohio hospital and a now-fired doctor accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients. Attorney Kevin Kurgis confirmed to WCMH-TV that his office's two cases against Mount Carmel...

Women cleared of defamation in French sexual misconduct case

Apr. 19, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court has dismissed a defamation case against six women who accused a former French lawmaker of sexual misconduct and the journalists who reported the allegations. The court on Friday ordered Denis Baupin to pay 1,000 euros ($1,120) in damages to each of the 12 people he sued. In May...