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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.

The new Congress should reject Pelosi's feel-good, accomplish-nothing gun control agenda


In the House of Representatives, at least, the midterm election was indeed a blue wave. And when the new Congress is seated in January, that wave might just wash away your gun rights.

12/12/2018 12:42 AM

Deadline for ACA healthcare enrollment is Friday


People who are interested in healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act federal marketplace in 2019 need to act fast. Friday is the deadline.

12/11/2018 10:32 PM

Cosby lawyers detail 11 alleged trial errors as they appeal


Bill Cosby's lawyers filed a list of nearly a dozen alleged trial errors Tuesday as they appeal his sexual assault conviction and three- to 10-year prison term. The defense asked to have the 81-year-old disgraced comedian released from a suburban Philadelphia prison while his appeal proceeds, but their pleas have so far been rejected.

12/11/2018 05:57 PM

Trump administration proposing major rollback of water rules


The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark water rules long resented by some developers, farmers and oil, gas and mining executives. Environmental groups said the Trump administration proposal would have a sweeping impact on how the country safeguards the nation's waterways, scaling back not just a 2015 Obama administration interpretation of federal jurisdiction over the nation's waters, but also how federal agencies enforce the 1972 Clean Water Act.

12/11/2018 01:28 PM

Man who killed newlywed during robbery set to die in Texas


A Texas death row inmate was set to die by lethal injection Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting more than 25 years ago of a newlywed who was attacked as he and his wife walked on a jogging trail. Alvin Braziel Jr. would be the 24th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the 13th executed in Texas, which is the nation's busiest capital punishment state.

12/11/2018 08:57 AM

Watchdogs sue California over keeping DNA from arrests with no conviction


Accusing the government of violating constitutional privacy rights, a trio of civil liberties groups is suing the state Department of Justice over its practice of collecting and retaining the DNA profiles of people who were arrested for alleged felonies but never convicted. California police agencies have been collecting DNA profiles at the time of a felony arrest since 2009.

12/11/2018 04:36 AM

FBI: Brooklyn gang member charged in shooting of agent


Federal authorities charged a New York man Monday in the shooting of an FBI agent over the weekend, calling the case an "unprovoked assault" by a member of a violent street gang. Ronell Watson, 31, of Brooklyn, was charged with attempted murder and using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

12/11/2018 02:24 AM

Judge asked to postpone trial over student's fatal stabbing


Maryland prosecutors have asked a judge to postpone a trial for a white man charged with a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black student on the University of Maryland's campus.

12/10/2018 10:13 PM

Ex-police officer charged with providing badge to robbers


An ex-police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, has been charged with providing civilians with a badge and other police equipment so that they could pretend to be law enforcement officers and rob drug crews. The U.S. attorney's office said Monday that former Memphis Police Department officer Sam Blue has been charged with criminal civil rights violations including robbery and kidnapping for crimes that took place from January 2014 through mid-July this year.

12/10/2018 10:13 PM

I am devastated by your decision to let my rapist go free:' Baylor sex assault victim speaks


A judge accepted a plea deal Monday that was offered to former Baylor fraternity president Jacob Anderson after he pleaded no contest in a sexual assault case. In exchange for being charged with rape, Anderson pleaded no contest to unlawful restraint.

12/10/2018 08:08 PM

Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood in funding fight


It left in place two lower court opinions that said that states violate federal law when they terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood affiliates who offer preventive care for low income women. It would have taken four justices to agree to hear the issue, and only three conservative justices - Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch - voted to hear the case.

12/10/2018 03:52 PM

The myths and truths about Chicago's guns and murder rate


Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. This June 2, 2018 photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows weapons turned in by residents in a gun buy-back program co-sponsored with the New Life Covenant Church Southeast in the 6th Police District.

12/10/2018 01:40 PM

Her killer was sentenced to death. Now, he wants a second chance


Lauren Burk was forced to undress, then shot when she tried to escape her captor. Now, the man convicted of the murder says his attorney wasn't good enough.

12/10/2018 09:14 AM

Domestic slayings: Brutal and foreseeable


Minerva Cisneros was shot and killed by the father of her children. An analysis of 4,484 slayings of women in 47 U.S. cities over the past decade found that 46 percent were killed by an intimate partner.

12/10/2018 04:41 AM

Elon Musk: 'I want to be clear, I do not respect the SEC'


Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he has no respect for the Securities and Exchange Commission during a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday evening. When asked if Tesla's new chairman was put in place to watch over Musk, he replied, "It's not realistic in the sense that I am the largest shareholder of the company and I can call for a shareholder vote and get anything done that I want," Musk said.

12/10/2018 12:18 AM

14,000 police officers and staff will be trained to tackle - insidious' abuse


An 825,000 training scheme will help police officers across Scotland deal with some of the more "insidious and damaging" forms of domestic abuse, the Justice Secretary said. Humza Yousaf spoke out as Police Scotland began preparing more than 14,000 officers and staff for the introduction in 2019 of new legislation banning controlling and coercive behaviour.

12/09/2018 08:02 PM

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills


Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Evers said he talked by telephone with Walker recently and appealed to him to veto the legislation, but that Walker was noncommittal.

12/09/2018 05:53 PM

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