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Appeal in John Steinbeck lawsuit heard in court

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Both sides had another day in court Tuesday in a family battle that has been waged for decades over who controls the works of iconic author John Steinbeck. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit ...

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Guilty plea vacated in gun case

An appellate court has reversed a guilty plea and dismissed the indictment in a weapon case because the police pursuit of the defendant was illegal. In June 2016, Adrian Jones pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. ...

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Dartmouth settles sexual misconduct lawsuit with 9 women

CONCORD, N.H. — Dartmouth College announced Tuesday that it has settled a contentious federal lawsuit with nine women who sued the school over allegations that it ignored years of harassment and assault by former psychology department professors. In a statement ...

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Kidnapping defendant gets new trial

An appellate court has reversed a kidnapping conviction and ordered a new trial because of a problem with the instructions given to the jury. In January 2017, Carlos A. Vail, 27, was convicted of first-degree kidnapping. He was sentenced to ...

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Talking in the workplace as Trump does can get you fired and your employer fined

While President Donald Trump’s remark that four congresswomen of color should “go back” to their ancestral countries was condemned as racist and wrong, similar comments by others have generated far more serious consequences. Language like Trump used is against the ...

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Judge to decide fate of man who sent pipe bombs to Dems, CNN

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are calling for a life prison sentence for a Florida amateur body builder who sent pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and CNN. His lawyers say a decade in prison is enough. U.S. District Judge Jed ...

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US Navy SEAL and Marine face hearing on Green Beret’s death

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A hearing is under way in a military court in Virginia to review the case against a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are charged in the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret ...

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Appellate court reserves decision in murder case

An appellate court has reserved decision on an appeal of a murder conviction and ordered the lower court to hold a hearing to address alleged misconduct by a juror. The defendant, Jeffrey Blunt, 36, was convicted in July 2014 of ...

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Katy Perry, others ordered to pay $2.78M for copying song

LOS ANGELES — Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a federal jury decided Thursday. It was an underdog ...

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NYPD judge recommends firing officer in Eric Garner death

NEW YORK (AP) — An administrative judge recommended Friday firing the New York City police officer accused of using a chokehold in the 2014 death of an unarmed black man whose dying pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying ...

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Non-lawyer justices play key role in rural areas

The New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) announcement last month — that a new task force will look into the shortage of lawyers in rural areas — prompted a reminder from the New York State Magistrate’s Association about the importance ...

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