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Former judge reprimanded for sexual tryst with defendant

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky judge was reprimanded Friday for having sex with a woman while he was presiding over her felony criminal case. Ronnie C. Dortch, who retired last month, had a relationship with the woman from 2014 to 2015 and discussed the case with...

Storm-lashed California roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The bill to repair California’s crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that...

Black marchers, white re-enactors find common foe in Selma

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Selma refused to back down Friday in a fight that has united unlikely allies – black civil rights marchers and white Civil War re-enactors who refuse to pay thousands in fees to hold their events. Both groups...

2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — An intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a Tampa-area mosque early Friday, investigators said. The arson occurred at the Islamic Society of New Tampa, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said in a news release. Fire investigators responded at around...

Jury: Prison company violated rights, but no need to pay

AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a longstanding custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm that posed to inmates. But jurors...

Novelist's plea lets him maintain innocence in wife's death

AP Photo/Martha Waggoner CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Novelist Michael Peterson agreed to a plea deal Friday that enables him to maintain his innocence even as he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter in his wife’s death. Wearing a...

NASA weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket's 1st flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket. NASA’s human exploration chief said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration requested the feasibility study. The Space Launch System will be...

Unlike colleagues, Michigan congressman embraces town halls

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan congressman is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump’s early actions and the planned repeal of the federal health care law. “It’s my...

Former 1920s 'incubator baby' Lucille Conlin Horn dies at 96

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A 96-year-old woman, whose life was saved as in infant in 1920 when she was placed in a Coney Island sideshow incubator, has died. Lucille Conlin Horn, who lived in Long Beach, New York, died Feb. 11, according to the Hungerford & Clark Funeral...

Judge: 1 additional accuser can testify at Bill Cosby trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge means prosecutors...