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Evers: Wisconsin will join lawsuit if it makes difference

Feb. 20, 2019 11:46 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says Wisconsin will join a multistate lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall if doing so "makes a difference." The Democratic Evers told reporters Wednesday that he was discussing Wisconsin's potential...

Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist

Feb. 20, 2019 11:33 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing — and one of his defenses will be the state's controversial "stand your ground" law. Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja's trial begins with jury selection...

AP NewsBreak: Gwyneth Paltrow denies causing Utah ski crash

Feb. 20, 2019 11:25 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says a skier who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah resort was actually the one who plowed into her from behind. Paltrow's attorney alleges in a counter claim filed in court Wednesday that the actress suffered a full "body blow" when...

Attorneys for man accused of kidnapping seek new evaluation

Feb. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for a Colorado man accused of holding three strangers at gunpoint are seeking a second evaluation after the state found him competent to stand trial. The Aspen Daily News reports a lawyer for 32-year-old Brolin McConnell told the Pitkin County District Court on Tuesday that...

North Pole man sentenced to 15 years in child porn case

Feb. 20, 2019 11:22 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 43-year-old North Pole man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for distribution and receipt of child pornography. Eric Whitebread also faces 35 years of supervised release. Federal prosecutors say Whitebread in 2015 distributed files of child pornography through an online...

Wisconsin court: Judge's Facebook friendship could show bias

Feb. 20, 2019 11:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge's decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday in ordering the case to be re-heard by another judge. The case, which is the first of its kind in...

South Carolina sentencing reform bill still work in progress

Feb. 20, 2019 11:16 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have heard from supporters and critics of proposed legislation to reform South Carolina's prison system. Members of a House subcommittee on Wednesday heard from law enforcement officials, crime victims and their family members about a bill that calls for...

Sentencing set for immigrant advocate convicted in tax case

Feb. 20, 2019 10:55 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Sentencing is scheduled Wednesday for a longtime advocate for immigrants in Arizona who pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from his tax preparation business. Elias Bermudez faces up to two years in prison after acknowledging that he falsely added dependents — including three...

French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

Feb. 20, 2019 10:38 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French court ordered Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one of France's biggest-ever tax evasion trials. The Paris court convicted Zurich-based UBS AG on Wednesday...

Woman who spit on security officer gets jail time

Feb. 20, 2019 10:28 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A woman who spit on a security officer and scratched another when she was stopped in a Hawaii shopping mall with stolen merchandise has been sentenced. Alicia Sinenci, 30, received a six-month jail term last Friday. She also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service as...