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Ex-Alaska teacher, pastor sentenced for sex abuse of teen

Apr. 21, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A former high school teacher and pastor in southeast Alaska will be going to prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl at a school, a church and his home. Douglas Edwards, 60, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison with 12 years suspended after pleading guilty in February...

Montana, New Jersey ask judge to rule on dark-money lawsuit

Apr. 21, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for Montana and New Jersey are asking a federal judge to rule on their dark-money lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department without a trial. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a motion for summary...

Man sentenced after father-in-law dies in drug test scam

Apr. 21, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 35-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to prison after his father-in-law died while taking methadone to help the younger man cheat on a drug test. Justin Jones was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2017 death of 47-year-old Eric Everts....

South Dakota man faces life sentence on sexual abuse charges

Apr. 21, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. Roland Hawk Sr., of Fort Thompson, faces life in prison and a $250,000 fine. He has pleaded not guilty. Court documents show that the 50-year-old Hawk engaged in and...

LSU professor fired for vulgarity seeks to revive lawsuit

Apr. 21, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former tenured LSU professor who was fired in 2015 for using vulgarity and discussing her sex life and the sex lives of students in her elementary education classes has asked federal appellate court to revive her lawsuit against the university. The Advocate reports that Teresa...

Moroccans protest prison sentences of anti-poverty activists

Apr. 21, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators in Morocco are condemning prison sentences given to the leader of the Hirak Rif anti-poverty movement and dozens of other activists. The demonstration brought one of the main avenues of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to a standstill on Sunday. Security forces...

Judge declines to suppress man's confession in 2017 murder

Apr. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has declined to suppress a man's murder confession, rejecting his attorney's arguments that it should be thrown out because his client was high when police interviewed him. Twenty-year-old James Freeman is charged with murder in Deandr'e Willingham's fatal October...

Telehealth company sues Indiana for ban on online eye exams

Apr. 21, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Chicago-based telehealth company that provides online eye testing is challenging Indiana's ban on doctors using online vision tests to issue prescriptions for corrective lenses. Visibly, formerly known as Opternative, filed the lawsuit in Marion County, taking issue with the 2016...

Texas town reflects on dragging death ahead of execution

Apr. 21, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him. The 1998...

Evidence sought to exonerate man convicted in 1986 slaying

Apr. 21, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

The headline was deceivingly simple: "Fisherman finds body." The few paragraphs beneath that summed up the gruesome murder of 25-year-old Donna Perry could tell nothing of the decades of grief, hundreds of pages of court documents and seemingly endless questions that would follow. After 32 years behind bars, the...