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Ex-'Cheer' star Harris gets 12 years for seeking photos, sex

Jul. 06, 2022 19:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday sentenced Jerry Harris, a former star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” to 12 years in prison for coercing teenage boys to send him obscene photos and videos of themselves and soliciting sex from minors at cheerleading competitions. ...

California woman fakes cancer, forges notes to avoid prison

Jul. 06, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One note submitted to the federal judge sentencing a 38-year-old California woman for embezzlement claimed that a biopsy had revealed “cancerous cells” in her uterus. Another indicated that she was undergoing a surgical procedure, and her cancer had spread to the cervix. Yet...

Ex-alderman who's part of Daley family sentenced to 4 months

Jul. 06, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A grandson and nephew of Chicago's two longest-serving mayors was sentenced to four months in prison Wednesday after being convicted of tax crimes and making false statements. Patrick Daley Thompson, 52, was accused of falsely claiming mortgage interest deductions...

New Mexico governor withstands lawsuits over pandemic orders

Jul. 06, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents who say they endured constitutional rights violations, depression and anxiety under aggressive public health restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak have abandoned a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after most allegations were...

Colorado's Polis issues order to protect abortion access

Jul. 06, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis barred state agencies Wednesday from arresting or extraditing anyone seeking or providing reproductive care in Colorado, where the right to abortion was codified in state law this year. Polis issued an executive order that prohibits state agencies...

School system enters settlement in desegregation case

Jul. 06, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement to settle a long-running desegregation case with a north Alabama school system, prosecutors said Wednesday. The school system agreed to take steps to ensure equal educational opportunities for Black students, including...

NC governor signs executive order protecting abortion access

Jul. 06, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Wednesday shielding out-of-state abortion patients from extradition and prohibiting state agencies under his control from assisting other states’ prosecutions of those who travel for the procedure. ...

States move to protect abortion from prosecutions elsewhere

Jul. 06, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic governors in states where abortion will remain legal are looking for ways to protect any patients who travel there for the procedure — along with the providers who help them — from being prosecuted by their home states. The Democratic...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 06, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

Brunswick News. July 5, 2022. Editorial: Expecting officials to do the right thing is not idealistic “Let’s see what we can get away with.” A bold, contemptuous statement, for sure. A short series of words guaranteed to quickly raise the ire of...

Man charged with killing mother at sea seeks freedom

Jul. 06, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The man charged with killing his mother at sea in a plot to inherit millions of dollars has asked a federal court Wednesday to authorize his release from custody pending trial. The attorneys for Nathan Carman filed a motion in U.S. District Court in...