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Hong Kong asks Beijing to step in into row over UK lawyer

Nov. 28, 2022 09:35 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said on Monday he will ask Beijing to rule whether to let foreign lawyers be involved in national security cases after the city's top court allowed a prominent pro-democracy publisher to hire a British lawyer for his upcoming trial. John Lee...

Authorities: NM judge, husband die in likely murder-suicide

Nov. 27, 2022 19:45 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A municipal judge in New Mexico appears to have been fatally shot by her husband before he killed himself, authorities said. Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of Diane Albert, 65, and Eric Pinkerton, 63, several dogs and a cat on...

Hong Kong court lets UK lawyer defend media tycoon Jimmy Lai

Nov. 09, 2022 04:32 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Wednesday upheld the decision to let a veteran British lawyer defend pro-democracy newspaper publisher Jimmy Lai at his upcoming national security trial. Lai, the 74-year-old founder of the now-defunct Apple Daily, was arrested after Beijing...

Boston pays out $2.1M to settle Christian flag legal case

Nov. 08, 2022 15:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston has agreed to pay more than $2.1 million to the Christian legal organization that backed a court challenge after the city refused to fly a Christian flag outside City Hall, a case that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The settlement...

Tucson man convicted in clash over school COVID mandates

Oct. 28, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man who showed up at an elementary school with zip ties and threatened to arrest the principal over COVID-19 quarantine measures has been convicted of several misdemeanor offenses. Kelly Walker was found guilty Wednesday in Tucson City Court of two...

US Justice Department sues Idaho city over water pollution

Oct. 25, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The federal government is suing a small Idaho town near Grand Teton National Park for dumping toxic waste from its sewage treatment plant into a stream that feeds several scenic rivers in the region. The lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice was filed in...

Judge extends Cleveland police reform deal for 2 more years

Oct. 14, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Police Department will continue to be overseen by a federal monitor for at least two more years. U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver decided Thursday to extend the consent decree the city has been under since 2015, rejecting Cleveland's attempt to end...

Actor tells jury Kevin Spacey abused him when he was 14

Oct. 07, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An actor who’s accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance on him as a 14-year-old recounted the episode for a New York City jury on Friday, testifying he felt helpless when Spacey climbed on top of him in bed. “I was frozen,” Anthony Rapp said on the...

Man appears in UK court charged with 9-year-old's murder

Oct. 03, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A man appeared in a court in the English city of Liverpool on Monday charged with the murder of a 9-year-old girl who was shot dead in her own home. Thomas Cashman, 34, is accused of murdering Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was fatally shot when a gunman chased another man...

Panel: NY town justice bragged of pulling gun on Black man

Sep. 23, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) — A town justice in upstate New York who bragged to colleagues about pulling a loaded gun on a “large Black man” in court should be removed from office, the state's judicial conduct commission determined. Robert J. Putorti, 52, a non-attorney who is a...