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    Republican Roy Moore of Alabama has won a defamation lawsuit against a Democratic-aligned super PAC over campaign ads dating to his failed 2017 Senate bid. A jury awarded Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages Friday after finding a Democratic-aligned super PAC made false and defamatory statements with a TV ad during the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Moore called the ruling a vindication. The Senate Majority PAC argued the ad was substantially true and planned to appeal. Moore is a former judge known for backing public display of the Ten Commandments and hardline stances against same-sex marriage. Misconduct allegations against Moore rocked his 2017 race, which was won by a Democrat.

      Authorities say people have been killed in a fire that broke out at a low-income apartment complex in the western Alaska town of Bethel. KYUK reports that the town's fire chief said another two people were taken to the hospital after the fire broke out early Friday morning at an Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority apartment complex. Bethel Fire Chief Daron Solesbee said the fire affected one building at the complex and those killed were in a single unit. Fire marshals from Anchorage are in Bethel investigating the cause of the blaze.

        CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says he's leaving the network, nearly two years after the Zoom incident that derailed his career. Toobin had stepped away from CNN after exposing himself in a Zoom call with colleagues from The New Yorker magazine, which fired him. CNN kept him off the air for eight months, but he returned in 2021 to provide commentary on trials and court decisions. In a tweet on Friday, Toobin said he had decided to leave. He said he was glad to make his final appearance on the network with colleagues Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.

          A 16-year-old boy is dead and his 14-year-old brother is missing after they were swept away while swimming off Hawaii's Big Island. Police say they were swimming off a remote beach in the Puna district Thursday when the current and high surf swept them out. Two adults and the older teen were rescued. Police say the 16-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The fire department and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for the younger boy until midnight. The search resumed at daybreak Friday.

            A third person has been arrested in the off-duty killing of a rookie Southern California police officer during robbery attempt. Authorities say 18-year-old Gerardo Magallanes of Los Angeles was arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder. He's being held on $2 million bail. Magallanes, alleged shooter Carlos Delcid and a 17-year-old who allegedly drove the getaway car are charged in the Monday shooting of 26-year-old Gardiel Solorio. The rookie Monterey Park officer was shot five times in his car during a holdup at a fitness center parking lot in nearby Downey.

              Dozens of firefighters are battling a large wildfire in a rural area of Hawaii's Big Island. No homes are threatened. Gusts and arid conditions are making it difficult to contain the blaze. The fire started in the western reaches of the U.S. Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area, which is above the town of Waikoloa and between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes. The fire has burned more than 39 square miles as of Friday. Strong winds have been recorded across the area, some in excess of 30 mph.

              A Southern California freeway has been closed and nearby homes are evacuated as a chemical reaction inside a railroad tank car threatens to cause an explosion. The tank car is parked on a spur off a main rail line alongside Interstate 215 in Riverside County, about 57 miles east of Los Angeles. Authorities said Friday that the evacuation zone extends a half-mile in all directions and that it includes 170 residences. The area has a mix of businesses and undeveloped land between the small city of Perris and sprawling March Air Reserve Base. County fire officials identified the chemical as styrene, which is used to make foam products.

              The Idaho Supreme Court says Idaho’s strict abortion bans will be allowed to take effect while legal challenges play out in court. The state's highest court made the ruling late Friday afternoon. A doctor and a regional Planned Parenthood affiliate sued the state earlier this year over three anti-abortion laws, all of which were designed to take effect this year now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. Under the new ruling, a near-total criminalizing all abortions takes effect Aug. 25. The law says anyone performing or assisting with an abortion may be charged with a felony, but physicians can attempt to defend themselves by saying the procedure was necessary to save a life.

              A former candidate for Yakima County commissioner has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for her role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. KIMA-TV reports 50-year-old Lisa Homer pleaded guilty this week to one count of illegally demonstrating inside the U.S. Capitol, a misdemeanor. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped charges of illegally entering the capitol and disorderly conduct. She was sentenced to three years of probation, community service and fines. A report by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force says video evidence shows Homer participating in chants led by members of the far-right Proud Boys. Homer, formerly of Yakima, also entered the Capitol Building, according to the report.

              SpaceX has launched 46 more Starlink satellites into orbit from California. The satellites were carried aboard a Falcon 9 rocket that blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base on the central coast at 2:40 p.m. Friday.  The satellites were later deployed from the rocket’s second stage to join the Starlink constellation, a space-based broadband internet system with hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit. The Falcon 9′s reusable first stage returned from space and successfully touched down on a seagoing landing platform in the Pacific Ocean.

              A sheriff says a 48-year-old man has been charged with open murder in connection with a fatal assault at the General Motors assembly plant in Orion Township. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Friday that a magistrate authorized a warrant charging the suspect with a crime that could result in a life sentence in prison if convicted. The suspect was expected to be arraigned Saturday morning. He was being held in the Oakland County Jail. Gregory Lanier Robertson, 49, of Pontiac died in the Thursday slaying. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office says Robertson died of multiple blunt force injuries.

              The family of country singer Naomi Judd filed an amended court petition to seal police reports and recordings made during the investigation into her death. The family said Friday the records contain video and audio interviews with relatives in the immediate aftermath of her death and releasing such details would inflict "significant trauma and irreparable harm.” Judd died at the age of 76 on April 30 at her home in Tennessee. The court filing also included details about how Ashley Judd found her mother alive after she shot herself. Ashley stayed by her mother’s side for 30 minutes until help arrived.

              Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive to the Washington State Department of Health outlining additional steps to address the rise in monkeypox cases. KING-TV reports in his Friday directive to state health officials, Inslee called the disease an “evolving serious public health concern.” The Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first U.S. case of the disease on May 17. As of Aug. 11, there were more than 10,700 cases across the United States. As of Friday, Washington state had confirmed 265 monkeypox cases. The directive asks the Department of Health to take actions including conducting comprehensive public outreach and education within appropriate communities and communities disproportionately impacted by the virus, among other measures.

              Kansas’ elections director says the state will go along with a request for a hand recount of votes from every county after last week’s decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights, even though there was a 165,000-vote difference and a recount won’t change the result. Melissa Leavitt, of Colby, declined to comment to reporters Friday evening about her request for a recount. Kansas law requires her to put up a bond to cover the cost. Also seeking a recount is state Sen. Caryn Tyson, who is trailing state Rep. Steven Johnson in the Republican primary for state treasurer by about 400 votes out of nearly 434,000 cast. She is asking for a hand recount in about half the state’s 105 counties.


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              Police in Las Vegas say a car chase and gun battle ended with two officers injured in crashes and the arrest of an armed man who officers reported seeing steal one vehicle at gunpoint and try to carjack another.  Capt. Carlos Hank said the two officers hurt in the Thursday chase are expected to recover and the suspect also was treated for survivable injuries. Identities were not immediately made public. Hank says one other person was treated for minor injuries. Police say the chase began in northwest Las Vegas and ended several miles west of the Strip after the suspect crashed his vehicle into a police K-9 unit.

              A pipeline carrying diesel has cracked open and spilled more than 45,000 gallons of fuel in a rural area of eastern Wyoming. The ruptured line is owned by a company that is being sued by federal prosecutors over previous spills in North Dakota and Montana. Joe Hunter with Wyoming's Department of Environmental Quality says that cleanup work is ongoing from the spill that was discovered July 27 on private ranch land near the small community of Sussex. The line is operated by Bridger Pipeline, a subsidiary of Casper, Wyoming-based True companies. Federal prosecutors have alleged in a pending federal court case that previous spills on the companies' lines violated environmental laws.

              A federal judge has sentenced a San Diego man to 18 years in prison for piloting a small vessel overloaded with 32 migrants that smashed apart in powerful surf off San Diego’s coast last year, killing three people. U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino said at Antonio Hurtado's sentencing Friday that it was the “most egregious case" he's seen in his courtroom. Prosecutors say Hurtado drove migrants into pounding surf while high on drugs and then jumped overboard, abandoning the passengers. More than two dozen people were injured. Hurtado's lawyer could not be reached for comment.

              Chicago police say an officer has shot a person on the city’s near West Side in the second shooting by a Chicago Police Department officer in less than 24 hours. Police issued a statement saying officers stopped a vehicle and observed someone inside with a gun, at which time one officer fired their gun, striking the person. That person was taken to a hospital and an officer has gone to a hospital for observation. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, a 40-year-old man was shot during a struggle with officers in a South Side neighborhood. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating both incidents.

              Officials in some parts of rural Nevada are vowing to bypass voting machines in favor of hand counting ballots this November and the Nevada secretary of state’s office is proposing statewide guidelines on how to do it. The communities pushing for hand-counting are in conservative rural parts of the state where election misinformation has grown. But four voting rights groups came out against the proposed rules Friday before the secretary of state holds a hearing seeking feedback. The groups, including the Brennan Center and ACLU Nevada, called on Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske to ban the practice outright.

              The family of a slain Texas soldier has filed a lawsuit seeking $35 million in damages from the U.S. government. Vanessa Guillen, 20, was sexually harassed and killed at U.S. Army base Fort Hood. Her family is seeking damages for sexual harassment, abuse, assault, rape, sodomy and wrongful death. Military officials found Guillen was sexually harassed and leaders failed to take appropriate action. The lawsuit follows a Thursday's decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a law baring troops from seeking damages over injuries during service did not apply to a sexual assault lawsuit.

              A former Kentucky police detective intends to plead guilty to a civil rights charge stemming from the botched drug raid that led to Breonna Taylor's fatal shooting in 2020. Media outlets report that former Louisville Detective Kelly Goodlett is set to appear before a federal judge to enter her plea on Aug. 22. Goodlett's attorney didn't immediately return calls and emails seeking comment Friday. Taylor's death helped spark nationwide racial justice protests in 2020. The Courier Journal reports Goodlett will plead guilty to one count of conspiring to violate Taylor’s civil rights for helping falsify an affidavit for the police search of her apartment.

              The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says its internal investigation has found no criminal conduct by a white Highway Patrol trooper who used physical force against a handcuffed Black man during an arrest. The confrontation was caught on video by relatives of the man being arrested. Investigators said Friday that they have completed inquiries into the Aug. 5 encounter near McComb. The investigation started after a viral video showed the trooper putting a handcuffed man into a chokehold and wrestling him into a ditch. Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell says the event shows how even a routine traffic stop can quickly turn into a dangerous situation for both citizens and law enforcement officers.

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