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Suits settled over FBI posing as AP reporter (access required)

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will get a $145,000 settlement following a pair of lawsuits filed after an FBI agent posed as a reporter for The Associated Press and created a fake story. The long-running Freedom of ...

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No criminal charges expected from Giuliani raid (access required)

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will not face criminal charges over his interactions with Ukrainian figures in the runup to the 2020 presidential election, federal prosecutors revealed in a letter to a judge on Nov. 14. Prosecutors with the ...

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Prosecutor: Iowa teens killed Spanish teacher over bad grade (access required)

Two Iowa teenagers killed their high school Spanish teacher last year because of frustration over a bad grade, prosecutors said on Nov. 1 in court documents that for the first time reveal a possible motive. The documents were filed ahead ...

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Federal judge rules in favor of bikini baristas over dress (access required)

A Washington city’s dress code ordinance saying bikini baristas must cover their bodies at work has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court. The ruling followed a lengthy legal battle between bikini baristas and the city of Everett over the ...

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Facebook photo of ballot results in felony charge (access required)

A Wisconsin man accused of posting his marked election ballot on social media has been charged with a felony that carries possible incarceration if he is convicted in what a prosecutor calls a “test case.” Paul Buzzell, 52, of Mequon, ...

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Judge censured for DUI, lying to police (access required)

A Northern California judge has been publicly censured for misconduct after he crashed his SUV while driving under the influence of alcohol, attempted to leave the scene of the crash, and lied to bystanders and police officers, the state Commission ...

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Insurance agency goes to federal court over alleged theft of web domain (access required)

Until Sept. 24, 2021, a virtual visit to PremierShieldInsurance.com would have been unremarkable. You predictably would have found an online marketplace for certain types of insurance, operated by an independent insurance agency of the same name. But visit the site ...

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Court upholds judge’s removal for racist, sexist comments (access required)

The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a decision removing a probate judge from office who was accused of racist and sexually inappropriate behavior that included showing an explicit video to an employee and making inappropriate comments after George Floyd’s murder by a ...

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Judge suspended for abusing power (access required)

The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended a Baton Rouge judge without pay for 180 days for abusing her power to hold people in contempt. East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court Judge Charlene Charet Day, who has held the seat since ...

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Jury awards $275M to students, parents (access required)

A jury awarded $275 million to 10 students and parents who say their children suffered serious neurological injuries from chemical exposure at a school northeast of Seattle. The lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals is the fourth to result in a multimillion-dollar ...

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