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Missouri high court rules against caps for some punitive damages


The Missouri Supreme Court brushed by the legislature’s limits on punitive damages this week, saying they don’t apply to a $1 million verdict a jury awarded to an Excelsior Springs woman. The woman, Lillian M. Lewellen, received the judgment in 2012 after she was defrauded by car dealer Chad Franklin.

$4.1M verdict against KC-area car dealer


A Clay County jury has returned a $4.1 million verdict against Chad Franklin and his car dealership in a state Merchandising Practices Act case.

Colorado won't charge elector who wouldn't vote for Clinton


Colorado's top prosecutor won't prosecute an elector who refused to vote for Hillary Clinton even though state law required him to. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Monday announced she won't charge elector Micheal Baca.

08/22/2017 08:36 AM

Retrial for scalded boy's dad begins; defense seeks mistrial


A retrial for the father of a 4-year-old boy who died after the boy's stepmother put him in a scalding bath has begun with defense attorneys asking the judge in Ohio to declare a third mistrial. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports Robert Ritchie's attorneys made the motion after testimony began Monday in Ritchie's trial in Warren County.

08/22/2017 04:10 AM

Kansas father: Legal system failed slain family members


A father says the Kansas legal system failed his loved ones because it kept a man's sex offender status below the radar long enough to kill his daughter and granddaughter. Keith Hawkins, 19, was charged Aug. 8 with capital murder, just hours after Alyssa Runyon, 24, and her daughter Zaylynn Paz, 4, were found dead in their Newton home, the Wichita Eagle reported .

08/22/2017 12:03 AM

Kansas linebacker Long dismissed after alleged gun threat


A sophomore linebacker at Kansas has been dismissed from the Jayhawks after being accused of threatening a woman with a handgun. Nineteen-year-old Maciah Long of Houston was charged Monday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and marijuana possession.

08/21/2017 07:43 PM

McConnell: 'America is not going to default'


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there is "zero chance" Congress will allow the country to default on its debts by voting to not increase the borrowing limit. McConnell's comments came Monday during a joint appearance in his home state of Kentucky with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

08/21/2017 05:39 PM

Bill Cosby hires Michael Jackson lawyer for sexual assault retrial


The lawyer who successfully defended Michael Jackson against child molestation charges will represent Bill Cosby when he is retried on sex assault charges later this year, the comedian's spokesman said on Monday. Tom Mesereau, one of three lawyers named as forming Cosby's new legal team, is best known for helping to secure an acquittal for Jackson in the pop star's 2005 child molestation trial in California.

08/21/2017 03:29 PM

Teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in Slender Man attack


One of two Wisconsin teenagers charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress a fictitious horror character called Slender Man pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge. Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime, with use of a deadly weapon.

08/21/2017 01:15 PM

PAO eyes murder raps vs cops after forensic exam on Kian's body


The chief of the Public Attorney's Office on Monday said that murder charges will be filed by the family of slain Kian Loyd delos Santos against the police officers involved in his death. The 17-year-old student was shot dead by cops during an anti-illegal drugs operation in Barangay 160, Caloocan Wednesday, August 16. The police claimed Kian was a drug runner and was killed after he allegedly resisted arrest.

08/21/2017 08:45 AM

Police officers on the spot over robbery


Police in Kaberamaido District are on the spot over accusations of shielding two of its officers who allegedly robbed a family of Shs3m. Despite a case of aggravated robbery being registered at the Kaberamaido Police Station, the two officers attached to the same station have not been arraigned before court.

08/21/2017 04:28 AM

Ex-Northwestern professor charged in 'grisly' Chicago stabbing death


Police have formally charged a former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee with first-degree murder in the July stabbing death of a 26-year-old cosmetologist, Chicago police and the U.S. Marshals Service said Sunday. Ex-professor Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren were extradited Friday to Chicago from Northern California after their arrests earlier this month in what Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called the "savage and grisly" killing of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau.

08/21/2017 12:04 AM

Woman allegedly fired from Fort Benning job due to menstrual cycle


A Columbus woman is now fighting back after she says a job training and employment agency on Fort Benning fired her for allegedly experiencing a "heavy period" at work. Coleman's attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming "unlawful workplace discrimination."

08/20/2017 07:38 PM

Not male or female, proposed law would create third gender-neutral option on California IDs


Kaeden Finlayson holds a state-issued ID card which shows the 26-year-old's gender as female at home in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Thursday. Aug. 17, 2017.

08/20/2017 03:18 PM

No Charges For Cleveland Co. Parents Accused Of Kidnapping Daughter


DHS was originally planning to take Schivers and Springfield's youngest daughter into protective custody August 4, but the family disappeared from their home in Lexington. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn told News 9, however, that investigators found no evidence of a crime.

08/20/2017 10:48 AM

Navy sailor, girlfriend charged with torture, child abuse of 5-year-old boy


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08/20/2017 06:33 AM

Teacher gets prison time for having sex with student


A former Chapel Hill High School teacher has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to having sex with a student. Corey Michael Sweat, 29, of Villa Rica, was sentenced earlier this month in Carroll County Superior Court to 10 years with two years to serve in prison.

08/20/2017 02:12 AM

Suspect arrested in shooting death of Kissimmee officer; 'not much hope' for 2nd shot cop


Archive video from a Kissimmee City Commission meeting in 2014 where Officer Matthew Baxter was sworn in as a police officer. Archive video from a Kissimmee City Commission meeting in 2014 where Officer Matthew Baxter was sworn in as a police officer.

08/19/2017 09:56 PM

Trump adviser resigned ahead of negative magazine story


Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who resigned Friday from an unpaid post as President Donald Trump's adviser on deregulation efforts, stepped down as The New Yorker was preparing to publish a lengthy article detailing Icahn's potential conflicts of interest and questioning the legality of his actions. Icahn said in a letter to Trump released Friday that he would resign to prevent "partisan bickering" about his role that Democrats suggested could benefit him financially.

08/19/2017 05:43 PM

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