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Oregon county pays $100K over Blue Lives Matter flag

Apr. 20, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued alleging she was harassed after asking that a Blue Lives Matter flag not be displayed in the office. Karimah Guion-Pledgure said in her January lawsuit against Multnomah County that the flag demeans the Black...

Wisconsin high court takes up another lame-duck lawsuit

Apr. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court will take over the appeal in a second lawsuit challenging Republican-backed laws passed in a lame-duck session to restrict the powers of the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general. The decision Friday bypasses the state Appeals Court in the...

Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

Apr. 20, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of the drug...

Teens who were with boy shot by officer are added to lawsuit

Apr. 20, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four teenagers who were with a black 13-year-old Ohio boy before he was fatally shot by a white police officer have been added as third-party defendants in a civil rights lawsuit over his death, even though his family doesn't believe the teens should be held financially responsible....

Missouri House votes

Apr. 20, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri bill would change the deadline to file lawsuits against defective or harmful products. House members voted 102-50 on Thursday in favor of limiting lawsuits to 15 years after a product is bought or leased, with some exceptions. Current law starts the clock at 5 years...

Former jailer pleads guilty to illegal sex with inmate

Apr. 19, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A former jailer in a south Mississippi county has admitted to illegal sex with a female inmate, and a lawyer for the deceased woman's children is seeking monetary damages. Warren Avery pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of attempted unlawful sexual activity and two counts of...

Family sues Southern California utility over wildfire death

Apr. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The brothers of a 73-year-old man who died in a California wildfire last year are suing Southern California Edison for wrongful death and negligence. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, blames the utility for the death of Dr. Alfred deCiutiis, whose body was found after the Woolsey Fire erupted...

Idaho settles whistleblower case for more than $500K

Apr. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal trial in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the state of Idaho has been canceled after the state settled the case for more than $500,000. Former Idaho Department of Labor purchasing agent James Cryer sued the department in December 2016, saying it retaliated against him and...

NYC Ballet must rehire 2 dancers fired over nude photos

Apr. 19, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Ballet must reinstate two male dancers who were fired for sharing nude photos of women and sexually explicit texts, an arbitrator ruled Friday. The arbitrator decided the company should not have fired Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro, who were both named in a lawsuit by a...

Lawsuit after 2 casinos couldn't take March Madness bets

Apr. 19, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A casino operator is suing a tech company after a contract dispute shuttered its sports betting platform at two West Virginia casinos ahead of the NCAA Tournament. A Friday news release from Delaware North says it's filed a civil suit seeking monetary damages against United...