Legal fight lingers for man freed in 1980 murder case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — John Floyd spent 36 years locked up for a New Orleans murder he insisted he didn't commit. A federal judge sees things the same way and ordered his release from jail last year and a new trial. Her decision was backed by a federal appeals court.

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  • Written by By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

Louisiana takes aim at Jim Crow-era jury law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is one of only two states in the country allowing a non-unanimous jury to convict a defendant of a felony, and a Louisiana lawmaker says it is time for the Jim Crow-era practice to end.

  • Written by By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE , Associated Press

AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California's medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his fingers into the woman's vagina and exposed his erect penis.

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  • Written by By JEFF HORWITZ and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press

Panama president: Trump company letter on hotel a mistake

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela says Trump Organization lawyers erred by sending a letter to his office directly appealing for help in a fight over the control of a luxury hotel in what experts say was a flagrant mixing of the U.S. president's business and government interests.

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  • Written by By CHRISTINE ARMARIO , Associated Press

GOP devotes $250M to midterm strategy: Keep House majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party's House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump's first term.

  • Written by By STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press