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9th Circuit Finds Carrier Not Liable to Defend in Sexual Abuse Case

A federal appellate court reversed a ruling that would have forced a homeowner’s insurer to pay up to $300,000 in damages to a woman who had been sexually abused by its policyholder, despite exclusions in the policy for intentional acts. …

Uber Defeats Rider Rape Suit Over Impostor’s Windshield Decal

Uber Technologies Inc. beat back a lawsuit by a woman who claims she was lured into a sexual assault because she mistook an Uber windshield decal on a suspended driver’s car as a symbol of a safe ride. The judge …

California Court: Marijuana OK in Prison, but not for Use

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– A California appeals court says it’s legal to have small amounts of marijuana in prison — so long as inmates don’t inhale. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that California voters legalized recreational possession of less than …

Arsonist Gets Jail Time in Colorado Museum Fire

A man who admitted setting fire to a historic museum in Frisco, Colo., has been sentenced to three years in community corrections and ordered to pay restitution. Tony Bana pleaded guilty to burglary and arson charges after the museum was …

Woman Sentenced in Manhattan Boutique Heists

A woman who held up three Manhattan boutiques has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. According to the Daily News, Shana Spalding yelled “I’m not the Catwoman” as she was led out of court Wednesday. She wore a cat …

Ex-Rhode Island Insurance Adjuster Seeks to Avoid Prison

A former Rhode Island insurance adjuster is asking a federal court not to count his professional expertise against him when sentencing him in a $40,000 home insurance fraud case. Vincent DiPaolo is set to be sentenced on Nov. 30 in …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Begins Prison Term for Fraud

A Stigler, Okla., woman, a former insurance agent, has begun serving time in prison for insurance-related crimes uncovered earlier this year, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak revoked the insurance license of Amanda Jean Burgess …

Homeless Man Gets Prison for Michigan Building Fire

A homeless man who set a fire that destroyed a medical building in Lenawee County has been sent to prison for nearly seven years and ordered to pay more than $1.4 million. Christopher Feneley repeatedly apologized in court Thursday. His …

Tug Pilot Gets Year in Deadly Pa. Duck Boat Crash

A tug pilot distracted by cellphone calls amid a family emergency was sentenced Tuesday to one year and a day in prison for a deadly river crash in Philadelphia that killed two young tourists. Pilot Matthew Devlin of Catskill, N.Y., …

Wisconsin Man Gets 7 Years in Prison in Bowling Alley Arson

The owner of a Fond du Lac bowling alley has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to burning down his business. Lyle Huss will be on extended supervision for 15 years after he serves his prison …