Oregon safety officer gets second life sentence

California 04/25/19, 16:52

A judge has given a former college campus security officer a federal life sentence for terrorizing a 19-year-old woman by carjacking her at gunpoint in Oregon and forcing her to accompany him to California after having killed another woman. Calling Edwin Lara an "extreme danger to the community," U.S. District Judge ...

Release approved for Coast Guard officer accused of terror

U.S. 04/25/19, 16:03

A federal magistrate says a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist is entitled to be released from custody before his trial.U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day noted on Thursday that 50-year-old Christopher Hasson hasn't been charged with any terrorism related offenses. Hasson was arrested Feb. 15 and is ...

Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

Politics 04/25/19, 15:25

A three-judge federal panel ruled Thursday that Michigan's congressional and legislative maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan gain, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election. The decision also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020, instead of 2022 as scheduled. It ...

Pros shunned sports bets 1 year ago. Now, leagues are all-in

Sports 04/25/19, 13:30

American professional sports leagues used to fight sports betting as an existential threat until the U.S. Supreme Court handed them a loss. They widely lost again when state legislatures rejected their pleas to be cut in on the action under new laws.Now, nearly a year after the high court cleared ...

Court to hear Washington challenge to Trump abortion rule

U.S. 04/25/19, 01:03

A federal judge in Washington state will hear arguments in two cases against new Trump administration rules that could cut off federal funding for health care providers who refer patients for an abortion. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association brought the lawsuits, saying ...

Prosecutors: Texas couple filmed sex abuse of dozens of kids

U.S. 04/24/19, 17:15

A Texas couple were sentenced Wednesday to 60 years each in prison for filming themselves sexually abusing kids, a case that prosecutors say involved more than two dozen young victims including babies. A federal judge in Waco gave Christopher Almaguer and his wife Sarah Rashelle Almaguer the maximum prison sentences. They ...

Ex-Christie aide gets 13-month sentence in bridge scandal

U.S. 04/24/19, 16:20

A onetime aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was resentenced Wednesday to 13 months — down from 18 — for her role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.Bridget Kelly, dabbing her eyes with a tissue at points during the resentencing hearing in federal court in Newark, cried ...

Update: Ex-Christie aide gets 13 months in bridge ploy

U.S. 04/24/19, 15:17

The latest on the resentencing of a former aide to ex-Gov. Chris Christie convicted for her role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff was resentenced to 13 months for her role in the George Washington ...

Federal appeals court overturns Idaho wolf-killing ruling

Enviroment 04/24/19, 13:54

A federal appeals court has overturned a U.S. District Court's dismissal of a lawsuit by environmental groups challenging a federal agency's killing of wolves in Idaho.A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday ruled that U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge erred in January 2018 when he ruled ...

Feds: Coast Guard officer targeted Supreme Court justices

U.S. 04/24/19, 10:57

A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists looked at other targets: two Supreme Court justices and two executives of social media companies, according to federal prosecutors.Those new allegations are contained in a court filing Tuesday in which ...

Fire damages historic Tennessee courthouse

U.S. 04/24/19, 10:46

A fire has caused significant damage to one of the oldest courthouses in Tennessee.Fire officials told news outlets that the first crew arrived at the Loudon County courthouse Tuesday evening and quickly called for backup as flames began to engulf the building.County mayor Buddy Bradshaw says the historic structure has ...

Handful of US states are poised to legalize sports betting

Sports 04/23/19, 16:42

The number of states allowing sports betting is poised to expand.Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports. Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to approve their own version as early as Wednesday.They could be the first states to approve sports betting this year, ...

Florida Supreme Court rules against Parkland sheriff

U.S. 04/23/19, 16:02

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled against a sheriff who fought his removal from office after the governor claimed he failed to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting.Florida's highest court agreed Tuesday that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to suspend Scott Israel as Broward County sheriff earlier this ...

Update: Court conservatives seem OK with census question

Politics 04/23/19, 15:11

The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census (all times local): 4 p.m. The Supreme Court's conservative majority appears ready to uphold the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and ...

Prison term Ok’d for man acquitted in ‘Goodfellas’ heist

U.S. 04/23/19, 14:53

A judge properly considered a legendary airport robbery recounted in the movie "Goodfellas" when she sentenced a reputed mobster to eight years in prison for an unrelated road rage arson, an appeals court said Tuesday.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan made the determination as it upheld the ...

Top court skeptical of paper’s argument over food stamp data

Politics 04/22/19, 15:30

The Supreme Court on Monday seemed inclined to rule against a South Dakota newspaper seeking data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. The high court was hearing arguments in a case originally brought by the Argus Leader newspaper, which is owned by USA Today publisher Gannett ...

Appeals court rejects Chelsea Manning’s effort to leave jail

U.S. 04/22/19, 10:47

A federal appeals court on Monday rejected a bid by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to be released from jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks.The three-paragraph, unanimous decision from a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejects ...

US judge blocks part of Ohio ban on abortion procedure

U.S. 04/19/19, 11:14

A federal judge blocked part of an Ohio law late Thursday that bans the abortion method of dilation and evacuation in most cases, adding to a list of restrictions on the procedure that are or soon could be in legal limbo.Senior U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati ordered the ...

Name change at heart of North Macedonia election

Europe 04/19/19, 08:53

The first round of presidential elections in North Macedonia on Sunday is seen as a key test for the center-left government's survival in a society deeply divided by the country's name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece.The name change from just "Macedonia," which paves the way for ...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

U.S. 04/18/19, 18:29

A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation.Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of Faith Fellowship in ...

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