Judge: John Hinckley can move out of his mother’s house

U.S. 11/16/18, 18:10

The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother's house in Virginia and live on his own, a federal judge ruled Friday.U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman granted John Hinckley Jr. the largest measure of freedom he's had since shooting and wounding Reagan ...

Panel dismisses ethics charges against Arkansas justices

U.S. 11/16/18, 17:28

A disciplinary panel dismissed ethics charges Friday against the Arkansas Supreme Court's justices over their decision to prohibit a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration from hearing any execution-related cases.The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission voted unanimously to dismiss the charges that the court's seven justices violated ...

Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what’s a mineral

U.S. 11/16/18, 16:32

About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of "mineral."The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that ...

Goldberg, Hathaway, Bourdain among NJ Hall of Fame nominees

Football 11/16/18, 14:46

Actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Anne Hathaway, comedian Chris Rock, "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Anthony Bourdain are among the latest nominees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.The organization announced its list of 50 nominees for the 11th class Friday. Inductees will be announced in ...

Update: Judge orders White House to return Acosta pass

Politics 11/16/18, 10:31

The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 10:30 a.m. A federal judge in Washington is ordering the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. U.S. District ...

Lawsuits, judges’ orders pile up in Florida election drama

U.S. 11/15/18, 18:12

Lawsuits and judges' orders have been piling up across Florida as the state struggles through vote recounts for several races, including U.S. Senate and governor.Six of the lawsuits that could have the most impact on the recount were filed in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee by Democrats. Others were filed ...

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

Enviroment 11/15/18, 15:54

California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most crops and increasing perimeters around where it's applied. The Dow Chemical Co. ...

Militia men convicted of bomb plot try to bar Somali videos

U.S. 11/15/18, 12:56

Attorneys for three Kansas militia members convicted of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in a western Kansas meatpacking town have asked the court to bar at sentencing any victim impact statements because no one was hurt.Prosecutors say the men are trying to "minimize their ...

Maine election officials near final tally in US House race

U.S. 11/15/18, 10:32

Maine election officials are preparing for final tabulations in the first congressional election to be decided by ranked balloting even as they await a federal judge's ruling on a request to halt the tallies.The secretary of state declined a request by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin to stop the election ...

Update: Federal judge lets voters fix ballot signature

U.S. 11/15/18, 07:47

The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local):7:45 a.m.An employee at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office examines ballots during a recount, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)A federal judge is giving thousands of Florida voters until this weekend to fix their ballots if ...

Gov. Brown picks top aide for California high court vacancy

California 11/14/18, 19:38

With only weeks left in office, Gov. Jerry Brown named one of his senior advisers Wednesday to fill a long-running vacancy on the California Supreme Court.The Democratic governor nominated Joshua Groban, 45, of Los Angeles, who has overseen Brown's appointment of about 600 judges since 2011. Brown said the appointments ...

Sides spar over water permit for refinery near national park

U.S. 11/14/18, 16:09

A company developing an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has supplied adequate information to justify drawing water from an underwater aquifer, State Water Commission officials testified Wednesday.An attorney for area landowners challenging the recommended permit for the Davis Refinery countered that information from developer Meridian ...

Judge: Waffle House shooting suspect liable in death lawsuit

U.S. 11/14/18, 11:19

A judge says the man charged with killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House is liable in a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by a victim's mother.News outlets report a Davidson County Circuit Court judge last week found 29-year-old Travis Reinking liable for the death of 23-year-old Akilah ...

Appeals court to hear case of ex-Saints star Smith’s killer

Football 11/14/18, 04:32

A Louisiana appellate court is set to hear the case of Cardell Hayes, convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.Hayes insisted he shot Smith in self-defense after Smith grabbed a gun and fired as the two argued following a 2016 traffic collision. No one ...

Florida’s ongoing partisan battle over recount continues

U.S. 11/14/18, 00:26

Florida's ongoing recount battle will head back to a courtroom on Wednesday as lawyers for Democrats ask a federal judge to set aside the state law that mandates that a vote be thrown out if signatures on mail ballot envelopes don't match the signature on file with election authorities.This is ...

Georgia election uncertainty lingers amid legal wrangling

Politics 11/14/18, 00:09

After two federal court rulings and a flurry of legal filings over a 24-hour period, uncertainty still hangs over Georgia's midterm elections, including the still undecided race for governor. Unofficial results in one of the nation's hottest midterm contests give Republican Brian Kemp a slim majority. But Democrat Stacey Abrams maintains ...

Update: El Chapo lawyer: Defense has nothing to prove

New York 11/13/18, 12:04

The latest from the New York trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" (all times local):Noon:A lawyer for the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" says he's ready to defend his client and has nothing to prove.Eduardo Balarezo spoke to journalists on Tuesday while entering the ...

Supreme Court to hear Virginia GOP’s districting appeal

Politics 11/13/18, 11:24

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts that have been struck down by a lower court as racially discriminatory. The case involves 11 districts in the Virginia House of Delegates. Democratic voters accuse Republicans, who hold the majority, ...

Ginsburg, 85, improving after fall but misses court session

U.S. 11/13/18, 10:33

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing a brief court session while she recovers from a fall and broken ribs.Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 85-year-old justice is not joining her colleagues Tuesday morning when the court takes the bench. Arberg says Ginsburg "continues to improve and ...

Sri Lankan top court suspends decree dissolving Parliament

World 11/13/18, 09:54

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the president's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections, opening the way for lawmakers to vote on whether to accept his earlier ouster of the prime minister.Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since Oct. 26, when President Maithripala Sirisena suddenly ...

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