LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government Wednesday, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest even if it might not be the best pact possible.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law on Wednesday to improve training for police officers, banning excessive use of force including choke holds and creating guidelines on using body cameras. Illinois is among the first states to pass police reform legislation since a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Missouri last year sparked a national debate about police conduct. Other states to pass reform bills include Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and California, but Illinois' law is one of the broadest and most comprehensive, said Rich Williams, policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — An attorney for a Texas police officer in training who fatally shot an unarmed, black college football player during a suspected burglary at a car dealership defended his client's actions Wednesday and rebuked those of the police chief who fired him.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Portraying herself as a victim, Pennsylvania's attorney general said Wednesday that criminal charges threatening to end her career were part of a "grand plan" to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails circulated among judges and state prosecutors.
A Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of collecting charity funds by pretending to have cancer was in custody on Wednesday after being stripped of her sash and crown, court records show. Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International 2015, Brandi Weaver-Gates, 23, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one felony count of theft by deception and another of receiving stolen property. An anonymous letter tipped off police to the actions by Weaver-Gates, the complaint said.
The head of Florida's main open-government organization said Wednesday Governor Rick Scott should personally pay the $700,000 settlement costs of a public records lawsuit, rather than letting taxpayers pick up the tab. Scott agreed to a state-paid settlement after Internet giant Google was ordered to turn over relevant documents in a dispute with a Tallahassee attorney who accused the governor's office of secretly using private emails for state business."He’s playing fast and loose with our Constitution and we’re paying the cost, both literally and figuratively," Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said of Scott. Attorney Steven Andrews sued Scott and the state Cabinet after the state decided in 2012 to buy a stately old house where his office is located near the governor’s mansion.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who was allegedly shot to death by her ex-boyfriend while her children slept changed the locks on her doors and kept a handgun nearby because she was afraid of him, court documents released Wednesday show.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — By Wednesday, police outnumbered protesters in the St. Louis suburb that launched the "Black Lives Matter" movement, signaling that the nightly demonstrations could be fading after the anniversary of Michael Brown's death. But Ferguson, and the issues that elevated it to national prominence, are sure to be closely watched in the months to come. A look at what's ahead: