Avenatti hires lawyer to represent him in fraud case

U.S. 05/15/19, 14:34

Attorney Michael Avenatti hired a lawyer to represent him Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his request for a public defender in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on taxes and committed bank fraud. Avenatti announced the hiring of attorney H. Dean Steward during a brief ...

Utah prosecutor says he won’t enforce strict abortion law

U.S. 05/15/19, 14:28

As Utah defends its strict new abortion ban in court, the chief prosecutor overseeing the county with the state's only two clinics has said he won't enforce the measure, marking latest example of an official resisting strict anti-abortion measures in states around the country.Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim ...

Lawsuit filed to stop Ohio abortion ban after 1st heartbeat

U.S. 05/15/19, 13:33

Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics sued Wednesday to thwart Ohio's latest and most restrictive abortion law, an anticipated move that's part of a national anti-abortion strategy to challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.The lawsuit is similar to legal fights in several southern states that recently passed similar, or more ...

State Supreme Court hears from both sides on Northern Pass

Enviroment 05/15/19, 12:06

Lawyers for a company that lost a bid to build a project to bring hydropower from Canada to markets in southern New England told the New Hampshire Supreme Court that a state committee that made the decision failed to do its job.Last year, the state's Site Evaluation Committee denied the ...

Louisiana ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban nearing final passage

Health 05/15/19, 10:47

A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana as early as six weeks of pregnancy is speeding toward legislative passage, one of several measures lawmakers are advancing to add new restrictions on the procedure.The House health committee Wednesday backed legislation by Democratic Sen. John Milkovich to prohibit abortions when a fetal ...

Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion

U.S. 05/14/19, 21:17

Alabama's Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor. The Republican-dominated Alabama Senate voted 25-6 for the bill that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 ...

Judge rejects public defender for Avenatti in fraud case

U.S. 05/14/19, 19:19

A federal judge Tuesday rejected attorney Michael Avenatti's request for a public defender to represent him in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and committed bank fraud. Judge James Selna denied the request without providing a reason on the eve of Avenatti's appearance ...

‘Avenger: Endgame’ seeks top honors at MTV Movie & TV Awards

Entertainment 05/14/19, 14:10

Avengers: Endgame," ''Game of Thrones" and "RBG" are the top nominees heading into next month's MTV Movie & TV Awards.The network announced Tuesday that the three titles each garnered four nominations for the awards show, which will air June 17. The show will also introduce new categories including reality royalty, ...

California synagogue shooting suspect to appear in court

U.S. 05/14/19, 12:56

The 19-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday on federal hate crime charges.John T. Earnest will be escorted a few blocks to the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego from a county jail, where he is being ...

Gorsuch replaces Biden as chair of civic education group

Politics 05/14/19, 08:30

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking on a new role as the honorary chairman of a nonpartisan group devoted to education about the Constitution, replacing former Vice President Joe Biden. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia said Tuesday that Gorsuch, named to the high court by President Donald Trump, will ...

Jury selection starting in high-level Hawaii corruption case

U.S. 05/13/19, 20:20

Jury selection began Monday in a closely watched corruption scandal involving the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement. But instead of a courtroom, prospective jurors were summoned to a venue that usually hosts concerts, expos and other large events. Because of the intense publicity surrounding the case, 400 prospective jurors are ...

Jury: Monsanto to pay $2 billion in weed killer cancer case

Business 05/13/19, 18:14

A jury on Monday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.055 billion to a couple claiming that the company's popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers.The jury's verdict is third such courtroom loss for Monsanto in California since August, but a San Francisco law professor said ...

Immigrant from Ecuador wants US deportation case reopened

U.S. 05/13/19, 18:05

An attorney for an Ecuadorian man who was arrested in Minneapolis and ordered deported from the U.S. 25 years ago will go to court Tuesday to ask that his case be reopened.Nelson Pinos, now 45, has been living in sanctuary in a church in New Haven, Connecticut, for a year ...

Judge orders psych evaluation for Appalachian Trail suspect

U.S. 05/13/19, 16:08

For the past couple of weeks, hikers along the Appalachian Trial had been warning each other about a hiker who was threatening other hikers with a large knife.The man, who used the trail nickname of "Sovereign," was arrested in Tennessee last month after some hikers reported him to authorities. But ...

Pressure from religious leaders mounts in death row case

U.S. 05/13/19, 13:54

Pressure from religious leaders for Tennessee's governor to grant mercy to a death row inmate mounted Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal that could have delayed his upcoming execution.Don Johnson's petition for clemency has centered on his religious conversion and Christian ministry to other prisoners. ...

Supreme Court says 1 state can’t be sued in another’s courts

U.S. 05/13/19, 11:50

The Supreme Court decided Monday that one state cannot unwillingly be sued in the courts of another, overruling a 40-year precedent and perhaps, foreshadowing an argument over the viability of other high court decisions.The outcome left one dissenting justice wondering "which cases the court will overrule next."The justices divided 5-4 ...

Funeral service set for civil rights icon Judge Damon Keith

U.S. 05/13/19, 04:34

Flags are being lowered and federal court offices are closed for the day in parts of Michigan to honor prominent Judge Damon J. Keith , who was a figure in the civil rights movement.A funeral service for Keith is Monday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ...

More ‘heartbeat’ abortion bans advancing in South, Midwest

U.S. 05/11/19, 14:17

If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia — that ...

Prosecutors want to meet victims of sex offender Epstein

U.S. 05/10/19, 21:11

Federal prosecutors said Friday they want to meet with once-underage victims of wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein before deciding whether to throw out a decade-old non-prosecution agreement that allowed him to avoid potentially severe penalties. Prosecutors said in court filings that victim input is essential in deciding how ...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk faces trial for ‘pedo’ insult of diver

Soccer 05/10/19, 18:10

Tesla CEO Elon Musk will have to go to trial to defend himself for mocking a British diver as a pedophile in a verbal sparring match that unfolded last summer after the underwater rescue of youth soccer players trapped in a Thailand cave.A federal court judge in Los Angeles set ...

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