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‘I’m going home,' woman with dementia tells arresting cop

Apr. 15, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A police officer who arrested a 73-year-old woman with dementia, pushing her to the ground and handcuffing her, after she walked away from a store without paying for about $14 worth of items last year was placed on administrative leave Thursday pending the outcome of a police...

Judge halts disgraced police chief from taking council post

Apr. 15, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has issued a ruling that temporarily prevents a former small-town police chief who was convicted of official misconduct from taking office as a town commissioner. Thursday’s ruling by Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden came barely one...

New Mexico settles retaliation lawsuit by whistleblower

Apr. 15, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has reached a $260,000 settlement with a whistleblower who alleged retaliation by state insurance regulators after she reported that a major health care insurer was allegedly avoiding tax payments. An attorney for Shawna...

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

Apr. 15, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill, which is...

$15M penalty assessed for Michigan hydro project violations

Apr. 15, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A federal agency Thursday assessed a $15 million civil penalty against a company for safety violations at three Michigan hydroelectric projects, including a dam that collapsed last year and contributed to flooding that forced evacuation of about 10,000 people. ...

Lawsuit: College grant program not open to all minorities

Apr. 15, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday by a Madison couple and others alleges that a college grant program for minorities violates the Wisconsin Constitution. The complaint said grants offered by the state’s Higher Educational Aids Board are available to some...

Environmental group sues over protections for 20 species

Apr. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An environmental group filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging the federal government has failed to act on petitions to protect nine species under the Endangered Species Act and hasn't designated critical habitat for 11 other species that are already protected. ...

Lawsuit filed over delays at Virginia Employment Commission

Apr. 15, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five women are suing the leader of the Virginia agency that handles unemployment benefits, alleging “gross failures" to provide needed help as required by law amid the coronavirus pandemic. The class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in...

Kent to pay $4.4M to family of Black man police killed

Apr. 15, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

KENT, Wash. (AP) — The city of Kent has agreed to pay $4.4 million to the family of Giovonn Joseph-McDade to settle a lawsuit saying police unnecessarily shot to death the 20-year-old after a brief pursuit and attempted traffic stop. The family’s attorney, Craig Sims,...

Lawsuit targets pay practices at Olive Garden's parent

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

A group that seeks higher guaranteed wages for restaurant workers is suing Olive Garden’s parent company, saying its pay policies make workers more likely to ensure harassment and discrimination. One Fair Wage filed the lawsuit Thursday against Orlando, Florida-based...