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Tennessee AG's aide joins gov's office, drops high court bid

Dec. 09, 2021 04:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s top deputy has dropped out of contention for a state Supreme Court opening and instead is joining Gov. Bill Lee’s office as his chief legal counsel. Lee’s office on Wednesday announced the appointment of...

Oklahoma prepares to execute man for 1985 slaying of teacher

Dec. 09, 2021 00:22 AM EST

Oklahoma is preparing to execute a man Thursday for the 1985 shooting death of an Oklahoma City-area schoolteacher after federal courts rejected his claim that the state's three-drug lethal injection method is unconstitutional. Bigler Stouffer II, 79, is set to receive a lethal...

NC’s top court halts March primary due to remapping suits

Dec. 08, 2021 21:47 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court on Wednesday pushed back the March election primaries for legislative, congressional and judicial seats to give state courts time to review lawsuits claiming the Republican-controlled legislature illegally gerrymandered some districts. ...

US and rural Nevada town clash over 1905 irrigation canal

Dec. 08, 2021 21:22 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for the government and a rural Nevada town clashed Wednesday over western water law in a legal battle over the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s plan to renovate a 115-year-old earthen irrigation canal with changes that would eliminate leaking water local residents long...

Board rules Astroworld lawsuits to be handled by one judge

Dec. 08, 2021 21:04 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The more than 300 lawsuits that have been filed so far in Houston following a massive crowd surge at the Astroworld festival that left 10 people dead have been consolidated and will be handled by one judge as the cases proceed through the court system, a judicial board ruled. ...

West Texas man acquitted in fatal shooting of police officer

Dec. 08, 2021 20:48 PM EST

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man was acquitted of murder Wednesday in the 2019 fatal shooting of a police officer who was shot while checking a security alarm at the man’s home. A Midland County jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding David Wilson not guilty of...

Judge appoints special master in Project Veritas raids case

Dec. 08, 2021 20:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former federal judge was appointed Wednesday to ensure no First Amendment protections or attorney-client privileges are violated in the review of materials seized by U.S. law enforcement authorities from individuals connected with the conservative group Project Veritas. ...

Ex-Maui officer who admitted sex solicitation arrested again

Dec. 08, 2021 18:42 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Maui police officer who was scheduled to report to federal prison next month for soliciting sex from a woman he pulled over has been arrested for offering money to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. Last month, a U.S. judge sentenced Brandon Saffeels to 2...

Michigan man charged in assault on officers in Capitol riot

Dec. 08, 2021 18:09 PM EST

ROMEO, Mich. (AP) — A 41-year-old Michigan man appeared in court Wednesday on allegations that he used chemical spray on law enforcement officers as part of a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Tim Boughner is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted...

Frat members arrested for cyberstalking in hazing case

Dec. 08, 2021 17:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Seven members of the recently suspended Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Mississippi have been arrested after they were accused of using social media to harass a former frat member who reported the organization for hazing. The fraternity members...