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FILE - In this April 12, 2017, file photo, students and other immigration-rights supporters gather outside tents by the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. Washington state on Wednesday, Sept. 20, sued the operator of the detention center over claims it did not pay detainees the state's minimum wage for work performed over a decade. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
September 20, 2017 - 5:33 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state on Wednesday sued the operator of one of the largest private immigration detention centers in the United States, claiming thousands of detainees were paid $1 per day for the work they performed but should have received the state's much higher minimum wage. State...
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FILE – In this Oct. 29, 2011, file photo, Penn State President Graham Spanier, left, presents head football coach Joe Paterno, right, with a plaque commemorating Paterno's 409th collegiate win after an NCAA college football game against Illinois in State College, Pa. A defamation lawsuit filed by Spanier against former FBI director Louis Freeh was thrown out Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, by a Pennsylvania judge. Spanier sued Freeh over a 2012 report he issued on Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
September 20, 2017 - 5:13 pm
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier's criminal conviction means he is barred from pursuing defamation claims against former FBI director Louis Freeh, a judge ruled on Wednesday. Spanier, who said Freeh made false statements about him in a scathing 2012 report on Penn State's handling of the...
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September 20, 2017 - 5:12 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the practice. Groups such as Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services...
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FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013, file photo, Sonja Farak, left, stands during her arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass. A petition is asking the highest court in Massachusetts to dismiss every case connected to Farak, a former state chemist who authorities said was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years. The state's public defender agency is a party to the petition filed Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, before the Supreme Judicial Court by two women whose drug possession convictions are tied to evidence handled by chemist Farak. Farak pleaded guilty in 2014 to stealing cocaine from the lab. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP, File)
September 20, 2017 - 5:06 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A petition submitted Wednesday to the highest court in Massachusetts seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years. The petition was filed with the...
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Hundreds of protesters stand in the rain outside of the St. Louis city jail on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. The protesters chanted "free our people" outside the jail on Monday night to show solidarity with those who remain behind bars. Police said that more than 120 people were arrested during Sunday's protests. Monday was the fourth day of protests over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
September 20, 2017 - 5:01 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on protests in St. Louis over a judge's acquittal of a former white police officer who fatally shot a black suspect (all times local): 4 p.m. Officials with the St. Louis Police Officers' Association say vandals broke windows and spray-painted graffiti at the union's...
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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson holds a press conference at city hall on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in St. Louis. Several hundred people gathered on a hot, unshaded public plaza for an interfaith service followed by a march to City Hall. The service came after four days of protests that followed a judge's decision Friday to acquit former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
September 20, 2017 - 4:32 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — After defeating three leading black candidates, the new white mayor of St. Louis is carefully navigating racial strife that culminated in days of protest over the acquittal of a white former police officer who fatally shot a black suspect. Lyda Krewson watched as her city and some...
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FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tooele County Sheriff's Office shows Lyle Jeffs. Jeffs, a polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run in a fraud case, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in an escape and food-stamp fraud cases, in federal court in Salt Lake City. Jeffs is facing federal charges in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme as well as his escape from home confinement. (Tooele County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
September 20, 2017 - 4:07 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A high-ranking polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run pleaded guilty Wednesday in a food-stamp fraud and escape case, ending a wide-ranging investigation seen as a crackdown on the secretive group. Lyle Jeffs is facing three to five years in prison after...
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FILE - In a Friday, May 19, 2017 file photo, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner leaves Federal court, in New York. Federal prosecutors says former Congressman Anthony Weiner should go to prison for about two years for engaging in sexting with a 15-year-old girl. Prosecutors filed papers in Manhattan federal court Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, urging a judge to send a message at sentencing Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 20, 2017 - 2:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is more than a serial digital philanderer — he's a danger to the public who deserves two years in prison for encouraging a 15-year-old girl to engage in online sex acts, prosecutors told a judge Wednesday. A Manhattan judge is scheduled to sentence...
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September 20, 2017 - 12:56 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that challenges a Maine restriction common across most of the U.S. that abortions be performed solely by physicians. The two groups were joined by four nurses and abortion provider...
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Protesters stand outside of the St. Louis city jail on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. The protesters chanted "free our people" outside the jail on Monday night to show solidarity with those who remain behind bars. Police said that more than 120 people were arrested during Sunday's protests. Monday was the fourth day of protests over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
September 20, 2017 - 10:33 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Another demonstration is expected in suburban St. Louis to protest a judge's acquittal of a white former police officer who fatally shot a black suspect. Protesters say they will take to the streets again Wednesday to dispute the ruling Friday that found Jason Stockley not guilty...
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