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Minnesota's $5 billion case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

MINNEAPOLIS –  Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. The long-awaited trial begins Tuesday in Minneapolis. Experts say it could have wide-reaching implications if the state succeeds, in part ...

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Geoffrey Rush inappropriately touched actress, lawyer tells courtroom

A lawyer in an Australian courtroom accused Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush of touching a woman inappropriately.  (Reuters ) A lawyer accused Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush in court Monday of touching an actress inappropriately on an Sydney stage three years ago while he was starring in a production of “King Lear.” Rush is suing Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper in ...

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In Baltimore, public trust erodes amid police scandal

BALTIMORE –  Confidence in Baltimore’s sworn protectors has badly deteriorated in recent years, but federal courtroom admissions about a range of criminal abuses by officers may be eroding it to rock bottom. During a recent police corruption trial, witnesses testified that rogue detectives resold looted narcotics, conducted home invasions and falsified evidence for years. The astounding range of abuses stretching ...

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Funeral procession, services for Ohio officers fatally shot

WESTERVILLE, Ohio –  A funeral procession and service are planned for two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call in the Columbus suburb of Westerville. A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Friday for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville, followed by a funeral ...

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Man who feared 'hoodlums' on trial for shooting black man

RALEIGH, N.C. –  An unarmed black man shot by a white homeowner who complained about “hoodlums” in his neighborhood was killed on a rare night when he decided to go to a house party instead of staying home to play video games, the victim’s friends testified Thursday. Their testimony followed opening statements in the murder trial of Chad Copley, who ...

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2 slain Ohio officers' families thank community for support

WESTERVILLE, Ohio –  The families of two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call say they’re grateful for their community and for the outpouring of support shown in the midst of their loss. The officers from the northeast Columbus suburb of Westerville, 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli, were shot Saturday at a townhome ...

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Voodoo adherents worry about backlash after recent crimes

BOSTON –  Two separate crimes against children in recent days have one haunting similarity: authorities have pointed to Voodoo rituals as a possible motive. But practitioners of Haitian Vodou, which adherents spell differently to distinguish it from other variants, say the religion does not sanction violence and fear the crimes will spark a backlash against their community. “We are being ...

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Ex-Texas death row inmate now questions prosecutors

DALLAS –  A man who was exonerated after spending 12 years on Texas’ death row questioned candidates running to become Dallas’ top prosecutor on Saturday about how they would prevent wrongful convictions like his. Anthony Graves moderated a panel of candidates for Dallas County district attorney. Speaking to The Associated Press beforehand, Graves said he wanted to push forward changes ...

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