Lawsuit seeks to overturn Minnesota abortion restrictions

U.S. 05/29/19, 15:37

Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn Minnesota's restrictions on abortion, including its 24-hour waiting period and parental notification requirements.The lawsuit, filed by Gender Justice and the Lawyering Project, argues that the restrictions violate the Minnesota Constitution and aren't necessary to protect patient health or other compelling state ...

2020 candidate Kamala Harris targets state abortion bans

Politics 05/28/19, 21:46

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Tuesday, May 28, that if she won the White House, she would require states seeking to restrict abortion laws to first obtain federal approval. The senator from California said she would back legislation requiring states with a history of restricting abortion rights to receive clearance ...

Illinois to expand abortion rights as other states restrict

Health 05/28/19, 17:11

The Illinois House voted to bolster the right to abortion on Tuesday as Democratic-led states respond to restrictions placed by some Republican-led states that conservatives hope will lead the U.S. Supreme Court to review the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed the right to abortion.The Illinois House voted ...

Oklahoma City bombing trial judge Richard Matsch dies at 88

U.S. 05/28/19, 11:12

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who ruled his courtroom with a firm gavel and a short temper and gained national respect in the 1990s for his handling of the Oklahoma City bombing trials, died Sunday. He was 88.The clerk of the U.S. District Court of Colorado, Jeffrey P. Colwell, announced ...

Supreme Court upholds Indiana abortion law on fetal remains

Politics 05/28/19, 09:13

The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains. But the justices are staying out of the debate over a broader, blocked provision that would prevent a woman in Indiana from having an abortion based ...

Sentencing set for Alabama man in $2M scam

U.S. 05/28/19, 01:37

A man who pleaded guilty to federal charges in a $2 million scam that sucked in an Alabama town is due in state court to face additional counts.Records show Kyle Sandler has signed papers showing he plans to plead guilty Tuesday to a state theft charge involving more than $2,500 ...

US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:58

U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around ...

‘Here we go again’: Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

U.S. 05/24/19, 16:38

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy."Here we go again," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. "Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability."His new ...

Pennsylvania accuses financial firms of bond price-fixing

U.S. 05/24/19, 09:36

Pennsylvania's treasury department is accusing about a dozen large financial firms of working together to illegally inflate the price of bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over seven years.A federal court filing by Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella late Thursday cites what his office says is evidence from a ...

Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama’s new abortion ban

U.S. 05/24/19, 09:18

A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure.The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers seeking to ...

N Carolina man released after serving more than 40 years

U.S. 05/23/19, 19:20

A North Carolina man who once was on death row and then served more than 40 years in prison for a shopkeeper's slaying in a failed robbery attempt was headed home Thursday.Attorney Theresa Newman, co-director of the Duke Wrongful Convictions Clinic, said 81-year-old Charles Ray Finch was released Thursday from ...

Judge orders file in Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed

Entertainment 05/23/19, 13:35

A judge in Chicago ordered the file in Jussie Smollett's criminal case unsealed Thursday, saying the actor's actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy.The order by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins follows requests by The Associated Press and other media organizations ...

‘Real Housewives’ husband gets reprieve in deportation fight

Entertainment 05/23/19, 10:14

The husband of a "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member has won a reprieve in his deportation battle.The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled in an order published Wednesday that Joe Giudice (joo-DEE'-chay) can stay in the U.S. as his appeal progresses.Giudice and his wife, Teresa, ...

Hunger-striking Greek extremist wins new hope of jail leave

Europe 05/23/19, 04:04

A lawyer for a Greek far-left extremist jailed for 11 murders says Greece's supreme court has ordered lower judges to reconsider his request for a temporary leave from prison, which had earlier been rejected.Dimitris Koufodinas is serving 11 life terms for his role as the main hit man for the ...

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court

Business 05/23/19, 03:51

Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct.It was the first of a series of hearings to iron out logistics for Ghosn's actual trial. The trial date has not been set, and experts say it ...

Anita Hill, Bon Woodward honored at annual PEN American gala

Entertainment 05/22/19, 00:55

Anita Hill, Bob Woodward and three Saudi Arabian dissidents were among those honored at the annual gala hosted by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.Hill, best known for testifying in 1991 that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, was celebrated Tuesday night as an inspiration ...

Biden: Congress should protect abortion rights, if necessary

Politics 05/21/19, 18:50

Joe Biden would support Congress enshrining abortion rights into federal law "should it become necessary," his presidential campaign said Tuesday, following several other Democratic candidates in promising to take that step if elected president. The hot-button issue has shot to the forefront of the Democratic primary following a spate of new ...

Judge: License law violated speech rights of Georgia guides

U.S. 05/21/19, 15:59

A federal judge says Georgia's oldest city violated the free-speech rights of tour guides by requiring them to obtain a license under a local law that has since been scrapped.The ruling Monday in U.S. District Court is largely a symbolic victory for Savannah tour guides who sued City Hall more ...

Indicted sheriff ordered to surrender gun, not make threats

U.S. 05/21/19, 13:49

A federal judge has warned a suspended sheriff to not contact anyone in law enforcement about charges he jailed an innocent man and then created a fake police report to try to cover his tracks.The lawyer for suspended Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood denied he made any threats to witnesses ...

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