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Judge allows Tucson sanctuary city vote to go forward

Aug. 16, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge will allow Tucson voters to decide whether their town should become Arizona's first "sanctuary city." Pima County Superior Court judge Douglas Metcalf on Friday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block the initiative from a November election. The Arizona Daily Star reports three...

Newark fights push for more bottled water amid lead troubles

Aug. 15, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's largest city faced off in court Thursday against an environmental group seeking to force officials to expand the distribution of bottled water to more residents facing potentially high lead levels. The arguments in federal court came days after the U.S. Environmental...

Panel: Judge heard cases involving lawyer she rented from

Aug. 13, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judicial ethics committee is faulting a New Jersey municipal judge for allegedly failing to recuse herself from cases involving a lawyer from whom she was renting office space. The complaint released Tuesday says Lilia Munoz rented space for her private law practice for 10 years from...

Ferguson: 5 years later, racial tension lingers nationally

Aug. 8, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's death at the hands of a white Missouri police officer stands as a seismic moment in American race relations. The fledgling Black Lives Matter movement found its voice, police departments fell under intense scrutiny, progressive prosecutors were elected and court...

Judge allows Cuba Gooding Jr. groping case to go forward

Aug. 8, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge rejected actor Cuba Gooding Jr.'s request to have his groping case thrown out. Judge Phyllis Chu said in a written ruling this week that conflicting accounts of the accusations against the Oscar-winning "Jerry Maguire" star should be resolved at a trial starting Sept....

Timeline of events in shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson

Aug. 8, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — On Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown and a friend were walking in the middle of Canfield Drive, a two-lane street in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, when a police officer drove by and told them to use the sidewalk. After words were exchanged, the white officer confronted the...

Jury deliberating in City Hall extortion trial

Aug. 6, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury is deliberating in the extortion trial of two aides to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh accused of bullying music festival organizers into hiring union workers. The 12-member jury entered the private discussions Tuesday after hearing closing arguments from prosecutors and defense...

Court upholds city's solar panel tax

Aug. 4, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A Maine court has upheld a city's tax on solar panels that seven families challenged in court. The Maine Superior Court in July upheld Brunswick's per-panel tax, The Times Record reported . An attorney representing the seven Brunswick families had claimed a city assessor imposed...

Former Billings court clerk gets probation for embezzlement

Aug. 2, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former municipal court clerk in Billings who stole more than $10,000 from the city has been sentenced to probation. The Billings Gazette reported Friday that 56-year-old Carolyn Bishop was sentenced in July after previously pleading guilty to theft by embezzlement. She was ordered...

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sexually abusing women, girls

Aug. 2, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Embattled R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges he sexually abused women and girls who attended his concerts as his lawyers continued to label the alleged victims disgruntled "groupies." A sullen-looking Kelly appeared in a Brooklyn courtroom where a...