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Vegas officials mark city courthouse project to open in 2021

Jun. 25, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas city and court officials are marking the start of construction on a new municipal and traffic courthouse that's due to open by January 2021. A Tuesday ceremony will focus on plans for builders headed by the Molasky Group of Companies to build the four-story $56.3 million building...

FBI searches home of Metro chair amid grand jury probe

Jun. 21, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents have searched the home of the chair of the Washington, D.C., transit authority, days after he announced his resignation over an ethics violation. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Chair Jack Evans acknowledged this week that he failed to disclose a conflict of...

Charges filed against judge accused of absenteeism, cover-up

Jun. 20, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's judicial watchdog has filed charges against a judge accused of being chronically absent and late and trying to cover it up. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Judicial Qualifications Commission's investigative panel filed the charges Wednesday against Atlanta Municipal...

Judge blocks city's decision to dissolve police department

Jun. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

RIDGETOP, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has blocked a city's decision to dissolve its police department amid budget constraints. News outlets report Robertson County Judge Bill Goodman signed a temporary restraining order on Friday, which allowed the Ridgetop Police Department to resume operations. Ridgetop Mayor...

Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

Jun. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison. The East Oregonian reports in a story on Saturday that city attorney...

German court lifts city's ban on burkini swimsuits

Jun. 14, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women. Wearing the garments in municipal pools in the western city of Koblenz was forbidden at the beginning of this year after the local council narrowly approved a ban. Officials argued...

German court says Catholic Church can keep billions secret

Jun. 13, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in the western city of Cologne has ruled that Germany's richest Catholic archdiocese doesn't have to reveal what it does with the billions it receives from taxpayers each year. The investigative journalism group Correctiv had sued for the information, arguing that the Archdiocese of...

Baltimore withdraws lawsuit against owner of Preakness track

Jun. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore announced Wednesday that it has withdrawn a lawsuit against the owner and operator of the historic city racetrack that hosts the Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown series' middle jewel and the second-oldest track in America. Earlier this year, Maryland's biggest city had asked a...

Judge sides with Rhode Island cities in Justice Dept. suit

Jun. 11, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has sided with two Rhode Island cities in their suit against the Department of Justice over immigration enforcement conditions placed on public safety grants. The Providence Journal reports that Judge John J. McConnell Jr. ordered a statewide injunction barring the...

Judge who took 'bonuses' out of DWI fund given lifetime ban

Jun. 5, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former municipal judge who officials said acknowledged paying himself bonuses out of money that was supposed to be used to process backlogged DWI cases has been banned from the bench. New Jersey's Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday in the case of former Little Falls Municipal...