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Trial Begins In Islamic Charity Tax Case

EUGENE, Ore. - (AP) Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a corporate officer in a defunct Islamic charity who is accused of taking $150,000 from an Egyptian donor, laundering it through the charity, and trying to send it to revolutionaries fighting to create an Islamic state in the Russian republic...

Blagojevich Trial Holdout Juror Breaks Her Silence

CHICAGO - (AP) As attorneys and defendants scanned jurors' faces for favorable signs during ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial, most couldn't get a read on the pokerfaced grandmother at the far end of the jury box taking meticulous notes. JoAnn Chiakulas, a retired state...

Fate Of Dodgers Could Rest In McCourt Divorce Case

LOS ANGELES - (AP) As the Los Angeles Dodgers cling to playoff hopes, a more important struggle for their future is taking place off the field over who owns the team. Starting on Monday, attorneys for former Dodger CEO Jamie McCourt will try to convince Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon she's...

2 Injured Cowboys Workers Settle With Jerry Jones

DALLAS - (AP) The attorney for two Dallas Cowboys employees seriously injured in the 2009 collapse of the team's practice facility says each has received about $5 million from companies controlled by team owner Jerry Jones as legal settlements. Attorney Frank Branson told The Associated Press...

Dead Soldiers' Parents Sue Insurer Over Benefits

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - (AP) The parents of six deceased U.S. soldiers accuse Prudential Financial of paying paltry interest on military life insurance benefits and keeping more generous interest earnings for itself. Five plaintiffs joined the original plaintiff Monday in a lawsuit that was filed in...

NH teen who zapped nipples during shop class sues

DOVER, N.H. - (AP) A New Hampshire high school student shocked so severely in shop class that his heart stopped beating is suing his teacher, the school district and the city of Dover. Kyle Dubois and his parents claim teacher Thomas Kelley did not warn Dubois and other students of the dangers of...

Judge: Pa. district must pay $260K in spying case

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) A federal judge says a suburban Philadelphia school district embroiled in a laptop spying scandal must pay a family's lawyer about $260,000. Lower Merion School District was ordered Monday to pay attorney Mark Haltzman for work done in a civil case involving allegations school...

Oregon veterans suit against KBR can continue

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) A federal magistrate has ruled that a lawsuit by Oregon Army National Guard veterans against contractor Kellogg Brown & Root can continue. U.S. District Magistrate Paul Papak denied KBR's second motion to dismiss the suit on Monday. In 2009, 26 Oregon Guard veterans...

HIV discrimination case filed in China

BEIJING - (AP) A municipal court in central China has accepted the country's first lawsuit alleging work discrimination because of HIV status, state media reported Tuesday. The China Daily newspaper said a court in Anhui province's Anqing city accepted the case Monday. The plaintiff, who was...

Group sues Ill. police over Muslim chaplain flap

CHICAGO - (AP) A Muslim advocacy group filed a federal discrimination lawsuit Monday over an Illinois State Police decision to revoke the appointment of the agency's first Muslim chaplain. Kifah Mustapha, a Chicago-area imam, was named a chaplain in December along with chaplains of other faiths...

GOP Governors Group Ordered To Pay $2M In Texas

AUSTIN, Texas - (AP) A judge has ordered the Republican Governors Association to pay $2 million to Texas' 2006 Democratic gubernatorial nominee because of campaign finance violations. A Travis County judge ruled Tuesday that the RGA should have disclosed a $1 million donation it gave to a group...

Feds: Muslims Faced Discrimination At Neb. Plant

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) Federal officials say a JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Nebraska should provide Muslim employees with prayer time and not retaliate against workers who ask to pray. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of more than 80 Somali Muslims...

Lawsuit Challenges Nev. Tea Party Senate Hopeful

CARSON CITY, Nev. - (AP) Conservatives affiliated with the national and Nevada tea party movement are challenging the candidacy of a Tea Party of Nevada member running for the U.S. Senate. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Carson City argues Scott Ashjian was required by state law to submit signatures totaling...

Donations To Defend Ariz. Immigration Law Top $2M

PHOENIX - (AP) Gov. Jan Brewer's office says Arizona has received more than $2 million in donations to help pay for the legal defense of the state's controversial law targeting illegal immigration. Seven lawsuits were filed to challenge the law. Two have been dismissed, but a judge ruled on...

Court Says Gay Couples Can't Divorce In Texas

DALLAS - (AP) Gay couples legally married in other states cannot get a divorce in Texas, where same-sex marriage is banned, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 5th Texas Court of Appeals ruled that a Dallas district court judge didn't have the authority to hear a divorce case involving two...

Co-Owner Of Painting Missing In NY ID'd As A Thief

NEW YORK - (AP) First it was a curious tale of a $1.3 million painting a middleman said he drunkenly lost while trying to help a friend sell it. Now the story has gotten stranger still: A part owner of the canvas identified its co-owner as an admitted art thief, her lawyer said. Kristyn Trudgeon...

Lawmakers Urge Governor To Appeal Prop 8 Ruling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) A group of Republican lawmakers is urging California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to appeal a federal ruling that struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Twenty-seven members of the Assembly's Republican caucus sent Schwarzenegger a letter Tuesday saying it was...

Nicolas Cage Lawsuit Against Biz Manager Dismissed

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Court records show a lawsuit in which Nicolas Cage accused a former business manager of mismanagement has been dismissed. A counterclaim by the manager, Samuel J. Levin, also was dismissed. The 46-year-old Cage sued Levin for $20 million in October, claiming the accountant led...

NY Ex-Employee, 51, Accuses Combs Of Age Bias

NEW YORK - (AP) A New York woman has sued rapper-producer Sean "Diddy" Combs, saying he fired her because of her age two decades after she helped launch his career. Fifty-one-year-old Francesca Spero filed the age discrimination lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. The lawsuit...

Losing Fla. Senate Candidate Sues Papers For Libel

MIAMI - (AP) Failed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene is suing two Florida newspapers for libel over articles Greene claims cost him votes. The billionaire ex-candidate is seeking $500 million in damages from the St. Petersburg Times, The Miami Herald and reporters and editors. The lawsuit...

Courts Could Get Claim In Jaycee Dugard Kidnapping

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) The board that considers compensation for California crime victims is being advised to reject a claim by the mother of Jaycee Dugard, who authorities say was held captive for nearly two decades by a paroled rapist. Lynn Margherita, spokeswoman for the Victim Compensation...

ClearOne's Attorney Fees For CEO Undecided

DENVER - (AP) An appellate court ruled that ClearOne Communications Inc.'s agreement to pay attorneys fees for its former CEO came with conditions, including that she not break the law. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver overturned a Utah judge's preliminary injunction that required...

Court Won't Force Calif Officials To Defend Prop 8

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban. The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group's request to force...

Appeals Court Sets Hearing In Jackson Estate Case

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An appeals court has scheduled a hearing for lawyers for the father of Michael Jackson to argue that he deserves a role in decisions involving his son's multimillion dollar estate. The Second District Court of Appeal said Thursday the appeal by Joe Jackson would be heard on...

German Court Rules Against YouTube Over Copyright

BERLIN - (AP) A German court ruled Friday that Google Inc.'s subsidiary YouTube LLC must pay compensation after users uploaded several videos of performances by singer Sarah Brightman in violation of copyright laws. The Hamburg state court said the standardized question to users about whether...