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Judge upholds University of Missouri’s ban on guns on campus

Nov. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld the University of Missouri’s ban on carrying concealed guns on campus. Circuit Judge Jeff Harris on Monday rejected the Missouri attorney general’s arguments that the ban violates the state constitution. He also said the ban supports the...

Judge orders DNA testing in Alabama teen’s disappearance

Nov. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EST

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A judge ordered DNA testing Wednesday for a man suspected in the kidnapping of an Alabama college student missing since last month. Lee County District Judge Russell Bush granted a prosecution request to force Ibraheem Yazeed to submit DNA, which prosecutors said they wanted because...

Ruling backs asylum seekers at border prior to policy shift

Nov. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a partial ban on asylum does not apply to anyone who appeared at an official U.S. border crossing before the policy was announced in July, a decision that may affect thousands of people. The Trump administration announced July 16 that it would deny asylum...

Judge refuses to expunge record of officer in fatal shooting

Nov. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A white former Chicago police officer who was acquitted of fatally shooting an unarmed black woman failed Tuesday to get his record expunged by a judge. Dante Servin had asked that his records tied to the 2012 death of Rekia Boyd be stricken from police and court databases. In rejecting the...

Judge: Death row inmate hasn’t proven prejudice by juror

Nov. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate nearing execution has failed to prove a juror was prejudiced against him when she helped sentence him to death decades ago, a judge ruled Tuesday. In his ruling, Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole declined to reopen 53-year-old Lee...

Court: Company must pay for toxic waste on Idaho tribal land

Nov. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a Philadelphia-based agribusiness company that left millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal land in Idaho must pay the tribes nearly $20 million plus $1.5 million annually. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court ruling...

Judge orders search of agency computers in PolyMet challenge

Nov. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a forensic search of computers used by three former top officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as part of an investigation into whether they sought to suppress concerns by federal regulators about pollution risks from the proposed PolyMet...

Pirates pitcher Vazquez faces more child sex-related charges

Nov. 19, 2019 5:04 PM EST

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Suspended Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez is facing additional charges stemming from an alleged illegal sexual relationship with an underage girl. Authorities in Westmoreland County filed 21 new charges against Vázquez on Tuesday, including 10 counts of child...

Jury awards $58M in lawsuit against body donation firm

Nov. 19, 2019 4:19 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A civil jury has awarded $58 million Tuesday to 10 people who alleged a now-closed body donation facility mishandled the donated remains of their relatives and deceived them about how the body parts would be used. The trial against Stephen Gore, owner of the Biological Resource Center of...

Bolivians urge US court to restore $10M verdict on killings

Nov. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Bolivians asked a U.S. appeals court Tuesday to restore a $10 million jury verdict against a former president and defense minister of the South American nation over killings by security forces during 2003 unrest there. Lawyers for a group of indigenous Bolivians told a three-judge panel of the...