Hearing on Brexit opens at EU’s highest court

Europe 11/27/18, 05:11

The European Union's highest on Tuesday began considering whether Britain could unilaterally revoke its decision to leave the EU before the planned exit date of March 29.The European Court of Justice on Tuesday opened the session, which will assess the issue under an accelerated procedure due to the urgency of ...

Rhode Island casino is 1st in New England for sports betting

Sports 11/26/18, 17:33

A casino in Rhode Island became the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports Monday.The state's legislative leaders, Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, placed the first bets at Twin River Casino's Lincoln location with John Taylor, chairman of Twin River Worldwide ...

Justices weigh free speech case involving ‘Arctic Man’ event

Politics 11/26/18, 17:05

The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a freedom of speech case resulting from an arrest at Arctic Man, a snowmobile and ski race event that draws thousands to a remote campsite in Alaska. Justices heard arguments in a case with the potential to affect people who might sue police over ...

Update: Rhode Island casino launches sports betting

Sports 11/26/18, 16:21

The Latest on a casino in Rhode Island becoming the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports (all times local):4:15 p.m.A casino in Rhode Island has become the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports.Sports betting began at Twin River Casino's Lincoln location Monday.Rhode ...

Justices to hear antitrust case over sale of iPhone apps

Tech 11/26/18, 00:40

Apple is at the Supreme Court to defend the way it sells apps for iPhones against claims by consumers that the company has unfairly monopolized the market. The justices are hearing arguments Monday in Apple's effort to end an antitrust lawsuit that could force the iPhone maker to cut the 30 ...

Taiwanese reject legalizing same-sex unions in referendum

World 11/24/18, 21:21

Voters in Taiwan passed a referendum asking that marriage be restricted to one man and one woman, a setback to LGBT couples hoping their island will be the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance benefits. The vote on Saturday, organized by Christian groups that ...

Mississippi will seek to revive law on 15-week abortion ban

U.S. 11/23/18, 18:46

Mississippi's attorney general said Friday that he will appeal a federal judge's ruling that struck down one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States.U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Tuesday that a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks "unequivocally" violates women's constitutional rights.The state's Democratic ...

Ruling in genital mutilation case shocks women’s advocates

U.S. 11/23/18, 17:42

Women's rights advocates said they were shocked when a federal judge in Michigan ruled this week that a law protecting girls from genital mutilation was unconstitutional. They called his decision a serious blow to girls' rights. Legal experts said the judge made clear that U.S. states have authority to ban ...

Government asks high court to hear transgender military case

Politics 11/23/18, 17:19

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to issue an unusually quick ruling on the Pentagon's policy of restricting military service by transgender people. It's the fourth time in recent months the administration has sought to bypass lower courts that have blocked some of its more controversial proposals ...

Central African Republic militia leader appears at ICC

Europe 11/23/18, 09:55

A Central African Republic militia leader and lawmaker who goes by the nickname Rambo told the International Criminal Court on Friday he was beaten and tortured after his arrest late last month in parliament.Prosecutors at the global court allege that 43-year-old Alfred Yekatom is responsible for crimes including murder, torture ...

Trump demands ‘some common sense’ from judges

Politics 11/23/18, 00:06

Incensed by a ruling against his migrant asylum policy, President Donald Trump demanded "some common sense" from America's judges and directed his ire at a liberal-leaning appeals court. He professed respect for Chief Justice John Roberts, with whom he is engaged in a startling public dispute over the independence of ...

No holiday respite for Trump’s criticism of nation’s courts

Politics 11/22/18, 09:40

President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are engaging in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America's judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected Trump's migrant asylum policy as an "Obama judge." Trump, still seething over that Monday ruling, began ...

Court: Reds exempt from tax on promotional bobbleheads

Sports 11/21/18, 11:59

Quoting the Cincinnati Reds' long-time play-by-play announcer, the Ohio Supreme Court declared Tuesday that "this one belongs to the Reds."The state's high court ruled 5-2 that the Major League Baseball franchise is exempt from paying tax on the purchase of bobbleheads and other promotional items the team offers to ticket ...

Judge denies request for name of officer who killed guard

U.S. 11/21/18, 09:31

A federal judge has refused to order the release of the name of a suburban Chicago police officer who fatally shot a bar's security guard.U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lefkow denied the request Tuesday by the family of 26-year-old Jemel Roberson .Roberson, who was black, was working security at Manny's ...

California court clears way for possible pardon of lawmaker

California 11/20/18, 19:34

The California Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for a possible pardon by Gov. Jerry Brown of a former state lawmaker convicted of felony charges that involved lying about his true residence.A Los Angeles County jury in 2014 determined that state Sen. Roderick Wright lived outside the district he represented ...

Free after 36 years, he won’t face prosecution in 1980 death

U.S. 11/20/18, 19:32

A decades-long legal ordeal that included 36 years behind bars officially ended Tuesday for a 69-year-old man when a New Orleans prosecutor announced he was officially ending efforts to prosecute him for a 1980 murder.John Floyd had long insisted he was plied with drinks, beaten and coerced into confessing to ...

Update: Appeal on asylum ruling will be filed

California 11/20/18, 19:23

The Latest on the Trump administration's ban on asylum for anyone who illegally crosses the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says an appeal will be filed on the decision by a judge to bar the Trump administration from refusing asylum to migrants who cross the ...

Judge schedules hearing on whether to release report on Wynn

U.S. 11/19/18, 17:24

A judge in Nevada has temporarily blocked the planned release of a Massachusetts Gaming Commission report about allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino mogul Steve Wynn, a court official said Monday.Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez told attorneys she will hear arguments about whether the report contains confidential ...

New Mexico Democrats seek repeal of state abortion ban

Politics 11/19/18, 12:08

Democrats in the New Mexico Legislature are laying plans to ensure legal and safe access to abortion in case regulation of the procedure is returned to states. State Rep. Joanne Ferrary of Las Cruces plans to introduce legislation for the next legislative session that removes the state's criminal ban on abortion ...

Update: GOP senator hits challenger over lobbying work

World 11/16/18, 18:15

The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local):5:10 p.m.As Mississippi's U.S. Senate race intensifies, Republicans are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later charged with crimes against humanity.Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and a GOP campaign group launched ads ...

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