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Bomb threats put tiny Moldova, Ukraine's neighbor, on edge

Aug. 19, 2022 02:00 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — For tiny Moldova, an impoverished, landlocked nation that borders war-torn Ukraine but isn't in the European Union or NATO, it's been another week plagued by bomb threats. On an overcast day outside the international airport serving Moldova's capital of...

Arizona judge to hear state request to enforce abortion ban

Aug. 19, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge will hear arguments Friday on the state's request to allow prosecutors to enforce a near-total ban on abortions under a law that has been blocked for nearly 50 years under a now-overruled U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Abortion-rights advocates are...

Judge throws out $85M award over California custody death

Aug. 18, 2022 23:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out an $85 million lawsuit award over the death of a Southern California man who was beaten, hogtied and shocked with a stun gun by sheriff’s deputies in 2015. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff said Wednesday that the March award by a...

Court: Extraordinary damages OK in 'wrongful life' case

Aug. 18, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court says that under state law, it's OK for judges to award extraordinary damages in so-called “wrongful life” cases where a child has birth defects or disabilities that require extensive care. The unanimous decision Thursday came in the...

Judge sets January 2024 trial for LIV Golf suit against tour

Aug. 18, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Players from Saudi-funded LIV Golf who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour will be waiting nearly 16 months for the case to go to trial. U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman on Thursday set the trial for Jan. 8, 2024. ...

Judge retains jurisdiction in lawsuit over Enbridge pipeline

Aug. 18, 2022 20:20 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday kept jurisdiction over a lawsuit seeking to close an oil pipeline crossing a section of the Great Lakes, rejecting Michigan's effort to shift the case to state court. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff sided a second time with...

Climate bill's unlikely beneficiary: US oil and gas industry

Aug. 18, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry hit a legal roadblock in January when a judge struck down a $192 million oil and natural gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico over future global warming emissions from burning the fuels. It came at a pivotal time for Chevron, Exxon and other industry...

Ex-FBI agent sentenced for gambling undercover cash in Vegas

Aug. 18, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada rejected recommendations for probation and sentenced an ex-FBI agent from New York to three months in custody for using government money he received for an undercover operation to gamble in Las Vegas. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro...

Gun advocacy groups sue more Colorado cities over controls

Aug. 18, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

BOULDER (AP) — Two gun rights organizations filed federal court lawsuits Thursday challenging bans on semi-automatic weapons and magazine ammunition restrictions adopted by two Colorado cities after the state allowed local municipalities to enact tougher gun control measures than called for by...

Georgia election probe runs into resistance from witnesses

Aug. 18, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors investigating whether Donald Trump committed crimes as he sought to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia are running into increasing resistance as they seek to call witnesses to testify before a special grand jury. The latest illustration of that...