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Claim dismissed against Ocean City in beach umbrella lawsuit

Jan. 21, 2022 10:02 AM EST

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A judge has dismissed Ocean City from a federal lawsuit over a beach umbrella getting caught in the wind and impaling a woman. The lawsuit filed in June 2021 claimed that negligence on the part of the town and the rental company that owned the umbrella led to...

Domestic violence charges filed against judge in Tri-Cities

Jan. 19, 2022 12:20 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A judge in eastern Washington has been charged with domestic violence assault, according to court documents. Benton-Franklin Superior Court Judge Sam Swanberg was cited with two counts of fourth-degree assault domestic violence in Franklin County District...

Fired WA fire chief sues alleging racial discrimination

Jan. 13, 2022 17:25 PM EST

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A former Kennewick fire chief is suing the southeast Washington city in federal court, saying he was fired because he is Black and opposed discriminatory practices toward racial minorities and women. Former Kennewick Fire Chief Vince Beasley worked for the...

Philly lawyer joining GOP field chasing open US Senate seat

Jan. 10, 2022 14:52 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — George Bochetto, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer and Republican who has fought various high-profile cases in the city's courts, said Monday that he will enter the crowded GOP field chasing Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat. Bochetto also filed paperwork...

Louisiana judge indicted on tax charges tied to wedding fees

Jan. 08, 2022 16:59 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a New Orleans judge on tax fraud charges. New Orleans 2nd City Court Judge Ernestine Anderson-Trahan was indicted Friday on four federal tax fraud charges for allegedly failing to report income for legal work and officiating...

Judge rejects lawsuit against open primary ballot question

Jan. 07, 2022 20:14 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Carson City judge on Thursday rejected a challenge to a political action committee's efforts to bring open primaries and ranked-choice voting in general elections to Nevada. District Court Judge James Wilson rejected a lawsuit filed by Democratic...

Real estate firm sues NYC over workplace vaccine mandate

Jan. 05, 2022 15:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging New York City’s sweeping mandate requiring nearly all private-sector businesses to ban unvaccinated employees from the workplace, asserting that the city's attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic deprives tens of...

Mexico holds ex-political boss in sex recruiting scandal

Jan. 04, 2022 22:13 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico City said Tuesday a judge has ordered a former political boss held in jail pending trial on sex-trafficking charges. Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez is the former Mexico City leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for...

Judge orders Mississippi city to allow mosque construction

Jan. 04, 2022 17:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new federal court order says a Mississippi city must allow construction of a mosque, two months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city on behalf of two Muslim men who want to develop the place of worship. The...

Louisiana judge resigns after outcry over racist language

Dec. 31, 2021 12:34 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge who repeatedly used a racial slur in a video recorded at her home and posted to social media resigned in a letter her attorney sent to the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday. In the letter, Michelle Odinet resigned as judge of the Lafayette...