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CORRECTS SPELLING OF JUSSIE - Former State Appeals Court Judge Sheila O'Brien walks out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after a hearing about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Cook County State's Attorney's office handling of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's case, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 1:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago says another judge will decide if a special prosecutor is needed to investigate why the state prosecutor's office dropped charges accusing Jussie Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. insisted Friday he was merely...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2016 photo, demonstrators raise their fists in the air at the Government Center in Minneapolis during a protest over two Minneapolis police officers fatally shooting Jamar Clark, a black man, in November 2015. On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, a federal judge summoned Minneapolis city leaders to court after learning that the city had rejected an offer to settle a lawsuit over the killing of a black man by police in 2015 — with the rejection coming the same day the city announced it had agreed to pay $20 million to the family of a white woman killed by police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
May 08, 2019 - 5:14 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis will work with a court-appointed mediator to try to resolve the lawsuit over the death of a black man who was shot by police in 2015, city leaders said Wednesday after a federal judge demanded answers about settlement negotiations. U.S. District Judge...
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April 07, 2019 - 2:47 pm
ROME (AP) — An Italian court has authorized the city of Venice to dismantle egg-shaped cars and tracks that were designed to make a Grand Canal bridge accessible to people with disabilities and hardly been used. The mobility system was added to the Ponte della Constituzione (Constitution Bridge) at...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks during an interview during the National Governors Association 2019 winter meeting in Washington. Evers said Thursday, March 14, that the state budget he proposed is "pretty close" to not raising taxes, even though it would increase them by $1.3 billion over two years. Evers, in an interview on WTMJ radio, said that there "may be some small tax increases." The comments drew an incredulous reaction from Republican legislative leaders.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
March 21, 2019 - 4:43 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, musical artist R. Kelly performs the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in New York. Sex videos like those that have been integral to the criminal cases against R. Kelly have been circulating across the nation for years. Some of the tapes leaked out of the singer's collection in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
March 15, 2019 - 2:39 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A judge says cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during R. Kelly's sexual abuse trial and pretrial hearings. Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood said during a brief hearing...
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Photos adorn a large memorial to Trinity Love Jones, the 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban Los Angeles equestrian trail, in Hacienda Heights, Calif., Monday, March 11, 2019. Two people have been detained in connection with the case. The discovery happened last week. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
March 12, 2019 - 8:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The boyfriend of the mother of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag on a horse trail was charged Tuesday with one count of murder. Emiel Hunt, 38, allegedly killed Trinity Love Jones about March 1, according to charges filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court...
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This Monday, March 4, 2019, photo shows Fairfax County Public Schools in Merrifield, Va. Virginia’s largest school district is defending itself against three separate federal lawsuits filed by students who say the school system botched sexual misconduct investigations. Two involve boys who say Fairfax County Public Schools wrongly punished them based on false accusations. A third accuses the same school system of ignoring a girl’s complaints that she was groped on a band trip. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
March 12, 2019 - 10:23 am
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest school district is defending itself against three separate federal lawsuits filed by students who say the school system botched sexual misconduct investigations. Two involve boys who say Fairfax County Public Schools wrongly punished them based on false...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019 file photo, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail following his release in Chicago. A Cook County grand jury on Friday, March 8, 2019 has indicted Smollett on 16 felony charges after authorities say he falsely told police that he was attacked by two men in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)
March 09, 2019 - 6:04 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 9:30 p.m. An attorney for Jussie Smollett says a 16-count indictment against the "Empire" actor is "vindictive" and Smollett "maintains his innocence." Mark Geragos says in a statement that he did not expect a...
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February 28, 2019 - 7:28 pm
WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas jury on Thursday found a former Baylor University football player not guilty of raping another student in 2016, the latest case linked to a scandal that rocked the nation's largest Baptist university and led to the departure of several top leaders. The McLennan...
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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse faces his first night in custody following a sentencing hearing on Wednesday that will decide his punishment for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
February 27, 2019 - 2:52 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse was sent to prison on Wednesday and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. Victorian state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd...
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