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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan court as jury deliberations continue in his rape trial in New York. Los Angeles prosecutors say they have charged Weinstein with an additional count of felony sexual battery by restraint. The district attorney’s office says Friday the charge was filed over allegations that the former movie mogul sexually assaulted a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Weinstein raped me in 1994 at age 17, woman says in lawsuit

May. 29, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 17 is among four plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against the imprisoned movie mogul, the latest court action accusing him of decades of vile sexual behavior. The woman, now 43, alleges Weinstein forced her to disrobe, demanded she...

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2014 file photo shows a Los Angeles Police officer wearing an on-body cameras during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. Governments must bear the costs of redacting police body camera video before making it public, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday, May 28, 2020, in a decision that was hailed by media organizations but will be costly for cities and counties. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)

Court: California agencies can't charge to edit police video

May. 28, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Governments must bear the costs of redacting police body camera video before making it public, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision that was hailed by media organizations and will be costly for cities and counties. The court unanimously rejected the city of...

A woman enters the Oregon Department of Justice building in Salem, Ore., Thursday, May 28, 2020, the same day that the state supreme court and the appeals court began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries. The U.S. Supreme Court in April ruled that nonunanimous jury convictions are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

May. 28, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that will be scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are...

Protesters attend a Safely Open Texas Now rally Saturday, April 25, 2020, across the street from the El Paso County Court House in El Paso, Texas, during the coronavirus outbreak. The protesters demanded elected officials safely reopen the State of Texas, the County of El Paso and the city of El Paso for business. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Texas court: Virus fear alone not enough for mail balloting

May. 27, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials fighting to block widespread mail-in voting during the pandemic claimed victory after the state's highest court ruled Wednesday that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus doesn't qualify someone to cast a ballot by mail. The decision was unanimous by the Texas Supreme...

FILE - In this March 9, 2010, file photo a tanker truck passes the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, May 26 against major oil companies in lawsuits brought by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said state courts are the proper forum for the lawsuits alleging that Big Oil promoted petroleum as environmentally responsible when producers knew it was causing damage. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

May. 26, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big Oil lost a pair of court battles Tuesday that could lead to trials in lawsuits by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by energy companies and ruled state courts are the proper forum...

Judge whose anti-rape advice was 'close your legs' loses job

May. 26, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge who suggested that a woman seeking a restraining order could “close your legs” to prevent a sexual assault was removed from the bench Tuesday by the New Jersey Supreme Court and permanently barred from presiding over a courtroom. The unanimous decision cited...

Germany: Father convicted of murdering 2 young children

May. 26, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A judge in Germany has convicted a 56-year-old Frenchman of murder for killing his two young children by choking them and then filling their mouths with fast-hardening building foam. German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that the man, whose name wasn’t released, was sentenced to life...

Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid. If the judge declines to do so, justices said Saturday that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff must explain why and give the...

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media during his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker's COVID-19 moves

May. 23, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department intervened Friday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The federal government filed a statement of interest in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis supporting the lawsuit filed by...

ER doctor charged with child porn, hiding camera in bathroom

May. 22, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former emergency room doctor at Vermont's largest hospital who was charged last month with setting up a video camera in a staff bathroom is now facing federal child pornography charges. Eike Blohm, 38, of South Burlington appeared in court Friday where he was ordered held pending...