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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.

Chesterfield man charged with attempted murder, accused of suffocating his infant daughter


A Chesterfield County man has been charged with attempted murder after he intentionally suffocated his 4-month-old daughter, police said. About 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, police responded to a home in the 5200 block of Grand Oaks Forest Circle after receiving a report of child abuse.

08/21/2018 06:26 AM

Minnesota man charged with aiding wife's suicide


A Minnesota man was charged Monday with aiding the suicide of his wife, who was reportedly suffering from unexplained pain that could not be relieved with medication. Thomas Houck, 61, of Eden Prairie called 911 last Thursday to report that he woke up in the middle of the night to find his wife had "euthanized herself" with nitrogen, according to a criminal complaint.

08/21/2018 02:00 AM

Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants


The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be announced in coming days would give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, according to a summary of the plan and several people familiar with the full proposal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the plan publicly.

08/20/2018 09:52 PM

Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint deaths


Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, listens closely as Genesee District Judge David J. Goggins gives his decision during Lyon's preliminary examination on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at Genesee District Court inin Flint, Mich.

08/20/2018 07:39 PM

Colorado man charged with murder in deaths of wife, 2 kids


Jeanna Dietz hugs her daughter Eva, 7, while looking onto memorial on the front porch while others gather for a candle-lit vigil for Shanann Watts and her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in front of the Watts' home on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Frederick, Colo. Authorities are expected to file formal charges Monday against Christopher Watts, an oil and gas worker who authorities said dumped his wife and daughters' bodies on his employer's property.

08/20/2018 07:39 PM

Kentucky governor loses another round in Medicaid fight


Kentucky's Republican governor has lost another round in a legal fight over his efforts to require poor people to get a job to keep their Medicaid benefits. A federal judge in Kentucky on Monday dismissed Gov. Matt Bevin's lawsuit seeking a ruling that his proposed changes to the state's Medicaid program were lawful.

08/20/2018 07:39 PM

Fearful of losing Roe, left pushes Schumer for action


In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joins protesters objecting to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a rally Capitol in Washington. Schumer, who plans to meet Kavanaugh privately early this week, is methodically building arguments that would help vulnerable Democratic senators in Trump-loving states vote "no," while avoiding explicitly pressuring them.

08/20/2018 03:07 PM

Man accused of wanting to eat child sentenced to probation


News outlets quote court records as saying 36-year-old Justin Teeter Bensing pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor and was sentenced Aug. 9 to 10 years in prison, but the sentence was suspended to five years of probation. A sentencing sheet The Greenville News obtained from the Greenville County Clerk of Court's Office says Bensing was diagnosed with autism and considered low risk.

08/20/2018 12:53 PM

Gove backs plans for tougher sentences over harming of service animals


Michael Gove has backed plans for tough new sentences against criminals who harm service animals, as he cuddled up to a heroic police dog. The Environment Secretary said the relationship between police service animals and their handlers was "special" during a meeting with Finn, a retired police German shepherd who was repeatedly stabbed in the chest and head while apprehending a robbery suspect in October 2016.

08/20/2018 08:19 AM

That scrutinized bit of Meyer's OSU contract may be new norm


The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his obligation to report violations of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy - a type of specificity becoming increasingly common in college athletic contracts, especially for highly paid coaches who are standard-bearers for their universities. Sports law experts say such provisions clarify expectations for those employees and can make it easier for schools to fire them without compensation if they fall short.

08/20/2018 03:39 AM

Man Could Face Life In Prison For Sexually Abusing Woman On Plane


A man accused of undressing and fondling a Spirit Airlines passenger while she was asleep could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 35, was convicted of sexual abuse on board an aircraft for digitally penetrating the victim, the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan said.

08/19/2018 11:21 PM

Records: Woman in slain girl's donation theft has crime past


A Florida woman accused of stealing a donation jar collecting money for the family of a slain 7-year-old girl has a lengthy criminal past. Local news outlets in Jacksonville reported that 46-year-old Tammy Wynnell Crews appeared Sunday in court on a grand theft charge.

08/19/2018 07:02 PM

Man charged with spray-painting Nazi flags at Indiana synagogue


A 20-year-old man evoked the name of Adolf Hitler and told investigators he painted swastikas at a Indiana synagogue because the place was "full of ethnic Jews," according to a criminal complaint released as he was charged Thursday. Brewer and a 17-year-old girl are accused of painting Nazi flags and iron crosses on the walls of a trash enclosure at the synagogue authorities said.

08/19/2018 07:02 PM

Doctor convicted of sexual assault of patient gets probation


In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 photo, Dr. Shafeeq Sheikh awaits his sentencing at Harris County Family Law Center in Houston. The former Baylor doctor received 10 years probation for raping a patient in 2013 at Ben Taub Hospital.

08/19/2018 04:51 PM

Couple charged with rape of a 3-month-old girl and 3-year-old boy


A man, Matthew Toole, 32, of Battle Creek and his girlfriend, Talia Furman, 32, of Springfield, were arraigned Friday on charges including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, child abuse, sexually abusive activity and possession of child sexually abusive material. Michigan State Police said the couple are accused of sexually assaulting a three-month-old girl and 3-year-old boy multiple times between October and February.

08/19/2018 02:43 PM

Environmentalists: New documents reveal why Trump shouldn't lower gas mileage standards


Environmentalists are pointing to newly released documents as further proof the Trump administration is making a bad decision in seeking to ease toughening fuel-economy rules. The internal documents show disagreements between the nation's top environmental regulator, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Transportation Department's auto safety arm, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when it comes to drafting a new policy over fuel economy.

08/19/2018 10:16 AM

Three tax savings strategies for a secure retirement to try right now


Individuals who rushed to prepay property taxes after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have saved some money in 2018 - but that's pennies compared to the long-term tax savings taxpayers should take advantage of before the TCJA's individual tax provisions are expected to expire in 2026, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel at Prudential Financial. Also expected to expire in 2026? According to trustees for Social Security, that's when Medicare's main trust fund will run out of money.

08/19/2018 05:58 AM

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