Pakistan acquits Christian woman facing death for blasphemy

World 10/31/18, 02:06

Pakistan's top court on Wednesday acquitted a Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges, a landmark ruling that could ignite mass protests or violence by hard-line Islamists.Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced the verdict to a packed courtroom and ordered Asia Bibi released. She has ...

Brazil’s anti-corruption judge considers joining Bolsonaro

Business 10/30/18, 21:53

The judge at the center of Brazil's sprawling investigation into kickbacks to politicians said Tuesday he would consider joining the Cabinet of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro if invited.Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who will take office Jan. 1, said during an interview after his Sunday election that he would ask ...

Update: Legal actions possible after telescope ruling

U.S. 10/30/18, 20:54

The Latest on Hawaii Supreme Court's decision upholding a construction permit for a giant telescope (all times local):1:30 p.m.Hawaii's attorney general says there are further legal actions possible in the long saga over whether a giant telescope can be built atop the state's tallest mountain.Attorney General Russell Suzuki says there ...

Hawaii Supreme Court upholds permit for giant telescope

Science 10/30/18, 18:55

After years of delay, including lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those willing to be arrested for blocking construction crews, builders of a giant telescope plan to move forward with constructing the $1.4 billion instrument on a Hawaii mountain that is considered sacred.The state Supreme Court's 4-1 ruling Tuesday ...

Man resentenced to 40 years in parents’ 1996 murder

U.S. 10/30/18, 14:39

A judge lifted the life sentence Tuesday for a New Hampshire man who killed his parents and stashed them in garbage bags as a teenager, making him eligible for release in 17 years. Now 40, Robert Dingman was 17 when he and his 14-year-old brother shot their parents to death as ...

Court in Russia’s North Caucasus overturns land swap deal

Europe 10/30/18, 12:58

A court in the Russian province of Ingushetia on Tuesday overturned a land swap deal with another North Caucasus region that caused large-scale protests. The Constitutional Court of Ingushetia ruled to invalidate the deal with neighboring Chechnya that was signed last month by their leaders, saying that it can't be implemented ...

Former Audi CEO to be released, over 4 months after arrest

Europe 10/30/18, 07:07

A German court has ordered the release of former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, more than four months after he was arrested in an investigation into the manipulation of diesel emissions controls.The Munich state court said Tuesday it lifted an arrest warrant against Stadler, ruling that it was "justifiable" on condition ...

Court orders Japan company to pay 4 Koreans for forced labor

World 10/30/18, 02:25

In a potentially far-reaching decision, South Korea's Supreme Court has ruled that a Japanese steelmaker should compensate four South Koreans for forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of World War II.The long-awaited ruling, delivered after more than five years of deliberation at Seoul's ...

In North Dakota, tribes scramble to clear voter ID hurdle

Politics 10/25/18, 20:13

Locating a house isn't easy on the isolated and impoverished Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern North Dakota, and that's making it more difficult for residents and their counterparts on other reservations in the state to vote this election.To cast a ballot, they need identification with a provable street address ...

Judge begins public hearings on Chicago police reforms

U.S. 10/24/18, 08:38

A federal judge who will decide whether to approve a lengthy court-oversight plan to reform the Chicago Police Department started a highly anticipated two-day hearing Wednesday by saying he would allow dozens of people to voice their opinions.People lined up outside the downtown Chicago courthouse for a chance to be ...

Judge acquitted of bringing gun into Chicago courthouse

U.S. 10/24/18, 05:01

A judge who was caught on video apparently dropping a handgun in a Chicago courthouse has been acquitted of carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area.Will County Circuit Judge Edward Burmila ruled Tuesday that it wasn't clear from the surveillance video that the object that fell from Cook County ...

Monsanto weed killer ruling is 1st step in long legal battle

U.S. 10/23/18, 19:41

With its stock dropping and more lawsuits expected, Monsanto vowed Tuesday to press on with a nationwide legal defense of its best-selling weed killer Roundup after a San Francisco judge upheld a verdict alleging it causes cancer.Legal experts said the decision will have little value in courtrooms across the country ...

Judge reverses order on media in alleged surgeon rape case

California 10/23/18, 14:44

A California judge on Tuesday reversed an order barring the media from reporting on search warrant documents in the case of a surgeon charged with sexual assault, a lawyer said.Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones made the ruling after The Associated Press and an Orange County Register reporter argued ...

Yahoo to pay $50M, other costs for massive security breach

Business 10/23/18, 10:20

Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million in damages and provide two years of free credit-monitoring services to 200 million people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen as part of the biggest security breach in history.The restitution hinges on federal court approval of a settlement filed late ...

Sandy Hook shooter’s belongings ordered released to public

U.S. 10/23/18, 08:38

The Connecticut Supreme Court says state police must release disturbing writings and other belongings of the Newtown school shooter to the public because they are not exempt from state open record laws.The court ruled 5-0 Tuesday in favor of The Hartford Courant and state Freedom of Information Commission, whose order ...

Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial

Science 10/22/18, 22:22

Young activists who are suing the U.S. government in a high-profile climate change lawsuit say the case poses important constitutional questions that should be fully evaluated at trial next week.The 21 young people issued a response Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily put the trial on hold. Lawyers for ...

Congregants at oldest US synagogue ask high court to step in

New York 10/22/18, 22:15

Congregants at the oldest synagogue in the United States asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review a decision giving a New York congregation control of Rhode Island's Touro Synagogue and a set of bells valued in the millions.Lawyers for Newport's Congregation Jeshuat Israel asked for a review of ...

Update: Michael Avenatti’s former firm getting evicted

California 10/22/18, 22:14

The Latest on court fights involving porn star Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti (all times local):3:10 p.m.The former law firm of porn star Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti is being evicted from its office space in Southern California.An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled against the Eagan Avenatti law firm ...

Poland: Top court judges return from forced retirements

Europe 10/22/18, 02:43

Several Supreme Court judges in Poland returned from government-imposed retirements Monday after the European Union's top court ordered their reinstatements.Dozens of supporters chanted "Constitution," the catchword of the anti-government opposition, as they greeted the six judges as they headed into the Supreme Court building, ready to resume work.Twenty-three of the ...

Maldives’ top court dismisses outgoing president’s petition

World 10/21/18, 02:36

The Maldives' top court on Sunday dismissed the outgoing president's petition seeking an annulment of last month's presidential election result.The five-member Supreme Court ruled that the election was conducted within the law. No other details were immediately known.The Election Commission had declared opposition alliance candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih the winner ...

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