Member of secretive church pleads guilty in benefits scheme

U.S. 05/10/19, 10:56

A member of a secretive North Carolina church has pleaded guilty to taking part in an unemployment fraud scheme benefiting businesses with ties to the congregation.Diane McKinny appeared before a federal judge Friday and admitted to a count of making ...

Scrap ‘Obamacare’? Maybe not all, says Trump administration

Politics 05/10/19, 02:27

Scrap "Obamacare"? Well, maybe not all of it. The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. But Justice Department lawyers recently suggested that federal judges could salvage its anti-fraud provisions, ...

Kansas faces questions about school funding law before court

Politics 05/09/19, 12:45

A Kansas Supreme Court that has repeatedly forced state legislators to increase spending on public schools directed tough questions Thursday to an attorney attacking a new funding law as inadequate, with one justice wondering when the protracted legal battle would ...

Alabama’s proposed abortion ban nears final vote

U.S. 05/09/19, 00:04

Alabama lawmakers could soon approve a near total ban on abortion.The Alabama Senate on Thursday will debate the bill to make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy.Emboldened by conservative additions to the U.S. Supreme ...

ICC prosecutor warns Libyan combatants against war crimes

Africa 05/08/19, 18:45

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor warned Libya's warring parties Wednesday that her office is prepared to investigate and prosecute anyone committing war crimes or crimes against humanity.Fatou Bensouda's warning in a briefing to the Security Council followed the U.N. health ...

New trial ordered for white homeowner in death of black man

U.S. 05/07/19, 14:34

A white homeowner who fatally shot an unarmed black man after reporting "hoodlums" in his neighborhood should get a new trial because the prosecutor gratuitously injected race in his closing argument, North Carolina's second-highest court ruled Tuesday. In the split 2-1 ...

Venezuela’s top court targets opposition lawmakers

World 05/07/19, 14:27

Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court on Tuesday opened a criminal investigation against seven opposition lawmakers following a failed attempt to spark a military uprising against President Nicolás Maduro.The lawmakers are suspected of "betraying the homeland" and "instigating an insurrection," among other ...

Georgia high court hears appeal in election challenge

U.S. 05/07/19, 13:44

Georgia's highest court is mulling whether to reverse a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the outcome of November's race for lieutenant governor in a case that focuses attention on the state's outdated voting machines. The lawsuit says tens of ...

Update: Venezuela top court targets opposition leaders

World 05/07/19, 13:31

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):2:25 p.m.Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court has opened a criminal investigation against seven opposition lawmakers in the aftermath of a failed attempt to spark a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro.The ...

Judge to weigh freeing Coast Guard officer called terrorist

U.S. 05/07/19, 00:18

A federal magistrate judge may decide Tuesday whether to order the release of a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling weapons and drafting a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists. Prosecutors have portrayed 50-year-old Christopher Hasson as a ...

APNewsBreak: Feds limited in prosecution of juvenile terror

U.S. 05/06/19, 23:19

The Justice Department's ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws.The court's ...

Report: California prison staff didn’t deliberately mislead

U.S. 05/03/19, 20:09

A federal judge's special investigator reported Friday that California prison officials provided misleading data on inmate mental health care, but he concluded they did not do so deliberately.Former U.S. Attorney Charles Stevens substantiated many of the allegations in a 161-page ...

Kansas lawmakers put off overturning abortion-rights ruling

U.S. 05/02/19, 17:00

Abortion opponents are waiting until next year to try to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, signaling they may not have enough support yet to push the necessary state constitutional amendment through the Legislature.Top Republicans in the ...

News attorneys: Opioid distribution data should be public

U.S. 05/02/19, 11:59

Attorneys for news organizations argued Thursday that the U.S. public should be allowed to see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed as the nation's overdose crisis was worsening. They urged a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court ...

Trump, GOP states ask appeals court to kill ‘Obamacare’

Politics 05/01/19, 18:01

Taking a harder line on health care, the Trump administration joined a coalition of Republican-led states Wednesday in asking a federal appeals court to entirely overturn former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Congress rendered the Affordable Care Act completely ...

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