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The Latest: Spain says ex-Catalan leader has no immunity

Oct. 18, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11.00 a.m. Spain's Supreme Court says that an investigating judge is telling Belgian judicial authorities that former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont possesses no parliamentary immunity that might prevent his...

Riots darken Catalan separatist dream of peaceful secession

Oct. 17, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For years, Catalonia's separatist movement painstakingly built an amiable image of its quest to secede from Spain: Smiling parents and grandparents with children in tow marched under the Mediterranean sun, waving the flags of their cause and cheerily chanting "independence!" But...

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban in Oregon

Oct. 17, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Court of Appeals on Thursday put a halt to the state's ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the temporary stay issued appears to apply only to tobacco-based vaping products, sold under the oversight of the Oregon...

The Latest: Catalan separatists battle police in Barcelona

Oct. 17, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Catalan separatists are clashing with police and burning trash bins in central Barcelona for a fourth consecutive night, angry at the long jail sentences given to several of the movement's leaders. The pattern of this week...

Court says Georgia death row inmate should be resentenced

Oct. 17, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Georgia man sentenced to die for killing a coworker more than 30 years ago should be resentenced. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in the case of 64-year-old Lawrence Jefferson. Jefferson was convicted of murder and sentenced to die for...

Judge: Federal shellfish permit doesn't protect environment

Oct. 17, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge has thrown out a federal permit for the Washington state shellfish industry that failed to comply with environmental regulations. The Seattle Times reports that U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik found that Army Corps of Engineers granted a general permit in 2017 that violated...

Man convicted of killing in decapitation killing

Oct. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death and decapitating her as their 3-year-old daughter watched has been convicted of murder in a stipulated trial. KOMO reports that a Skagit County Superior Court judge handed down the verdict Wednesday against 32-year-old Timothy...

Judge blocks Trump from easing energy rules in US West

Oct. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from easing rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven Western states, saying such activities left unchecked were likely to harm a struggling bird species.   The ground-dwelling greater...

Jury seated in opioid case, but settlement talks go on

Oct. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury was seated Thursday for the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, but the push to settle the case before opening arguments next week continued, with company officials expected to gather for further talks. U.S District Judge Dan Polster had ordered executives for the companies...

Atlanta businessman spared prison in college hoops scandal

Oct. 17, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Atlanta businessman and former NBA referee was spared prison time Thursday after pleading guilty in a college basketball scandal that paid bribes to steer top athletes to certain schools and money managers. Rashan Michel wiped his eyes when U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in New...