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Arab men lose challenge over extra airport screening

DETROIT (AP) — A court says no constitutional rights are violated when two Detroit-area men are forced to go through additional security checks at U.S. airports.

Nasser Beydoun and Maan Bazzi lost their appeals Tuesday at a federal appeals court. They say they have missed flights and been humiliated due to extra airport screening.

Beydoun and Bazzi say they get more attention when they fly because they've been placed on a government watch list. The government won't confirm or deny it.

In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court says there’s a constitutional right to fly. But the court says inconvenient security procedures as described by the two men don't violate the Constitution.

Former youth pastor gets prison in  decades-old abuse case

GRAND HAVEN (AP) — A former youth pastor who admitted to sexually abusing a young boy in western Michigan a decade ago has been sentenced to 3½ to 15 years in prison.

WOOD-TV reports 31-year-old Daniel Hoffman learned his punishment on Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

He earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Authorities say Hoffman was being treated at a hospital for mental health issues last year when he told a nurse about the abuse.

The victim, a former neighbor of Hoffman in Jenison who is now an adult, told detectives that it happened between 2003 and 2008. Hoffman was charged in May.

Since the period when the alleged abused took place, Hoffman worked in a school district and as a youth minister.

State Police schedule Citizens’ Academy

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Metro North Post has scheduled a Citizens’ Academy, starting Thursday, Oct. 5, and ending Thursday, Nov. 30.

The eight-week academy will give citizens the opportunity to become familiar with the mission and operation of the MSP, understand the procedures troopers follow and increase their awareness of law enforcement’s role in the community.

The academy will take place at the Metro North Post 14350 W. Ten Mile Rd.in Oak Park on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Interested individuals should contact Trooper Mark Kellar at 313.215.3863 or kellarm@michigan.gov to receive an application.
 

Court: Apology expressing fault can’t be used in lawsuits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an apology by a medical provider that includes an admission of liability can’t be used in a later lawsuit against the provider.

At issue in the court’s Tuesday decision was the state's “apology law,” which already bars using apologies in lawsuits.

The new question before the court was whether an apology that includes an expression of fault can also be kept out of lawsuits.

Justice Sharon Kennedy wrote that under Ohio law the apology may include an acknowledgment that a patient's medical care fell below standards of care without it later being used as evidence.

The court looked at the case of a woman in Brown County who died after trying to kill herself in a hospital.

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