Utah agrees to delay implementation of new law on abortions

Health 04/18/19, 17:27

Utah officials agreed Thursday to delay the implementation of a new law that bans most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy as a legal challenge plays out in the courts.Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes made the announcement shortly before a court hearing in which abortion-rights advocates who sued over the ...

Appeals court weighs Trump permit for Keystone XL pipeline

Business 04/18/19, 11:27

U.S. Justice Department attorneys want an appeals court to let construction proceed on the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. But opponents say President Donald Trump is trying to skirt the law by issuing a new permit for the project. The Trump administration has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Vegas Sands report suggests settlement amount in Macau case

Business 04/17/19, 19:40

Financial documents suggested Wednesday that Las Vegas Sands Corp. paid $96 million to settle a 15-year breach-of-contract dispute with a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S. company open its first casino in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.The amount was listed as a "nonrecurring legal settlement" in a $582 ...

Court sets hearing on Trump administration’s asylum policy

Politics 04/17/19, 18:45

A federal appeals court on Wednesday scheduled a hearing over whether to stop the Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set a hearing for April 24 in San Francisco over whether a lower court ruling ...

Alabama committee advances bill to outlaw abortion

Health 04/17/19, 16:21

Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday advanced one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation, a measure that would make performing an abortion a felony with almost no exceptions. The House Health Committee voted to send the bill to the House of Representatives floor. The vote came after a sometimes emotional ...

Update: Sandy Hook lawsuit goes before appeals court

U.S. 04/17/19, 16:15

The Latest on a lawsuit alleging Sandy Hook Elementary School officials failed to order a lockdown before 2012 mass shooting (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A Connecticut appeals court has heard arguments over whether Sandy Hook Elementary School officials were negligent in failing to order a lockdown before a gunman killed 20 ...

Appeal focuses on Newtown officials’ actions before shooting

U.S. 04/17/19, 05:04

A Connecticut appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit alleging Sandy Hook Elementary School officials failed to order a lockdown that could have saved lives before a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators in 2012.The parents of two children killed at the Newtown school are ...

Breyer finds hope, optimism in Notre Dame rebuilding effort

U.S. 04/16/19, 17:48

His main job is to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, but Justice Stephen Breyer also chairs the jury of the Pritzker Prize — the world's top honor in architecture.Like so many people across the globe, Breyer watched the catastrophic fire rip through the Notre Dame Cathedral on TV, in ...

High court seems likely to rule against Calif. oil workers

California 04/16/19, 12:39

The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to rule against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who want to be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including sleeping.The question for the high court has to do with the law that should apply in the case: ...

Court rejects bid to save Louisiana Confederate monument

U.S. 04/15/19, 11:39

A federal appeals court says a judge was right when he cleared the way to remove a Confederate monument at a north Louisiana courthouse.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday again turned back claims from the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Shreveport chapter.The group says it has a ...

In ‘FUCT’ fashion brand case, justices avoid saying word

U.S. 04/15/19, 10:34

They managed not to say it.The Supreme Court's nine justices discussed a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand spelled F-U-C-T. But the justices got through about an hour of arguments without saying the brand's name.The case has to do with a portion of federal law that says ...

US drops appeal dismissing female genital mutilation charges

U.S. 04/12/19, 16:20

The U.S. Justice Department said a federal ban on genital mutilation should be rewritten to protect it from constitutional challenges after a judge in Detroit threw out charges against members of a Muslim sect.The government recently withdrew an appeal of a decision by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman in the ...

Texas’ high court keeps execution drug supplier secret

U.S. 04/12/19, 14:07

A supplier of Texas' execution drugs can remain secret under a court ruling Friday that upheld risks of "physical harm" to the pharmacy, ending what state officials called a threat to the entire U.S. death penalty system.The decision by the Texas Supreme Court, where Republicans hold every seat on the ...

Update: Ex-Obama WH aide denies guilt in lobbying case

Politics 04/12/19, 12:54

The Latest on court appearances of two political consultants in foreign lobbying cases that grew out of the Russia probe (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation spun ...

International court judges reject Afghanistan investigation

World 04/12/19, 08:25

In a decision decried as a "devastating blow for victims," International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court's prosecutor to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan and alleged crimes by U.S. forces linked to the conflict.In a lengthy written ruling, ...

Fighting clock, Alabama halts execution for evening

U.S. 04/12/19, 00:34

Fighting a ticking clock and an unresolved legal battle, Alabama on Thursday halted plans to execute an inmate saying there would not be time to carry out the lethal injection that evening even if a court stay was lifted. A federal judge late Thursday night stayed the execution of 46-year-old Christopher ...

Homeless man faces sentencing in $400,000 GoFundMe scam

U.S. 04/12/19, 00:17

The homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000 is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.Johnny Bobbitt pleaded guilty last month in state court to conspiracy to commit theft by deception. He has been accepted into a drug program ...

Update: Fighting clock, Alabama halts execution plan

U.S. 04/11/19, 23:56

The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local):11:50 p.m.Alabama halted plans to execute an Alabama inmate saying there would not be time to carry out the lethal injection even if a court stay was lifted.FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department ...

Trump administration says no lawsuits over border killings

Politics 04/11/19, 16:12

The Trump administration says families of Mexican teenagers who were shot to death by American border agents should not be allowed to sue for damages in U.S. courts. The administration is telling the Supreme Court in a brief filed Thursday that the justices should take up and resolve the issue in ...

Powerball winner, 90, sues son, says money invested poorly

U.S. 04/11/19, 15:25

A 90-year-old Florida woman who took home $278 million from a winning Powerball ticket six years ago is suing her son and his financial advisers, claiming the money was put into low-return investments while she was being charged $2 million in fees.The lawsuit filed by Gloria Mackenzie last month in ...

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