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Tucson man sentenced in crash that killed O’Connor’s sister

Nov. 18, 2019 8:38 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man convicted of negligent homicide in a 2016 car crash that killed the younger sister of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Pima County prosecutors say Jarrad Barnes was credited with 719 days of time...

Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Nov. 18, 2019 8:35 PM EST

Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an...

Man charged with making explosives tutorial for terrorists

Nov. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man who moved from Florida to Virginia earlier this year was trying to support the Islamic State terrorist group by posting a video online for making explosives. The Florida Times-Union reports that a federal judge in Jacksonville unsealed a criminal complaint...

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

Nov. 18, 2019 5:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out how to handle the high-stakes dispute. Roberts’ order Monday contains no hint...

US asks federal judge to toss out Nevada plutonium lawsuit

Nov. 18, 2019 4:02 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government wants a judge to reject Nevada’s request for a court order to remove weapons-grade plutonium from a site north of Las Vegas, arguing that officials have already promised that no more will be shipped to the state. In documents filed Friday in U.S. District...

House lawyer says committee investigating whether Trump lied

Nov. 18, 2019 3:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the House is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s...

Debt collectors get prison terms for $5.7M fraud scheme

Nov. 18, 2019 3:10 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina has sentenced a man and a woman to prison for their roles in using a debt collection company to defraud victims out of at least $5.7 million. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. on Monday sentenced 46-year-old Laurence Sessum, of Mathews; and...

Owners of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner plan appeal

Nov. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owners of Maximum Security say they will appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit that seeks to challenge the decision to disqualify their horse as winner of the Kentucky Derby. Gary West said in a statement Monday that he has authorized his attorneys to file an...

Man gets 8 years in prison for extorting immigrants

Nov. 18, 2019 2:58 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A New York City man convicted in an extortion scheme that involved kidnapping immigrants at a bus station has been sentenced in Connecticut to eight years in prison. A federal judge in Bridgeport handed down the punishment Monday to 56-year-old Carlos Hernandez, who was one of four...

Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...