Court decisions

FILE - In this March 1, 1977, file photo, Australian author Colleen McCullough laughs during a news conference in New York. An Australian judge ruled on Friday, July 20, 2018 that best-selling author Colleen McCullough's widower was the sole beneficiary of her estate following a bitter court wrangle. (AP Photo/File)
July 20, 2018 - 4:13 am
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge ruled on Friday that best-selling author Colleen McCullough's widower was the sole beneficiary of her estate following a bitter court wrangle. The author of the novel "The Thorn Birds," which sold 33 million copies worldwide, died on Norfolk Island in 2015 aged 77...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017, file photo, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, arrives for her trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul. A South Korean court has sentenced on Friday, July 20, 2018, jailed Park to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
July 20, 2018 - 3:06 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws. She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She's already serving a 24-year prison...
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July 19, 2018 - 7:18 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dental and vision care benefits will be restored for hundreds of thousands of Medicaid recipients in a sudden reversal by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration following an outcry over the recent cuts. The coverage had been abruptly cut at the start of July after a federal...
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July 19, 2018 - 2:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has ordered the former president of a suspended fraternity at Temple University to stand trial on sexual assault charges. At a preliminary hearing Thursday, Ari Goldstein has been ordered to stand trial on attempted sexual assault, false imprisonment, simple assault and...
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Ismail Cem Halavurt, the lawyer of jailed Andrew Craig Brunson who served as the pastor in Izmir, western Turkey, arrives at the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where his client is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, faces up 35 years in prison in Turkey on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
July 18, 2018 - 8:51 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor based in Turkey who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North...
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July 18, 2018 - 7:52 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld on Wednesday when the state's highest court rejected a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry. The Supreme Court ruled the 1.5-cent-per-ounce (per 28 grams) levy is aimed at distributors and dealers...
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July 17, 2018 - 5:24 am
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors are appealing the verdict against a neo-Nazi whose 2 ½-year sentence for supporting a terrorist organization prompted anger last week. Spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said Tuesday that federal prosecutors are only appealing the verdict against Andre Eminger, not that of...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Allison, 6, and her mother Cindy Madrid share a moment during a news conference in Houston, where the mother and daughter spoke about the month and one day they were separated under the President Donald Trump administration immigration policy. The Trump administration is due back in court Monday, July 16, 2018, to discuss a plan reunify more than 2,500 children who were separated at the border from their parents. (Marie D. De Jes's/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
July 16, 2018 - 4:28 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to deportations of immigrant families reunited after being separated at the border, as the Trump administration races to meet a July 26 deadline for putting thousands of children back in their parents' arms. U.S. District Judge...
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FILE- This Oct. 25, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange at sunset in lower Manhattan. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
July 13, 2018 - 1:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are slightly higher Friday as energy companies rise with oil prices. Industrial companies and household goods makers are also higher. Banks are slipping as investors aren't finding much to get excited about in second-quarter reports from JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup...
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Steven Aiello arrives to federal court in New York, Thursday, July 12, 2018. A federal jury in New York has convicted key players including Aiello of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 12, 2018 - 9:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury in New York convicted key players Thursday on charges related to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program, leaving some lawyers grumbling that it's a bad time to face corruption charges. The Manhattan jury returned its verdict after a...
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