- 11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive Updated: May-25-16 5:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
- The Latest: Fighting the 'no clue' assertion in jail case Updated: May-25-16 4:56 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The Latest on a move to have a federal court appoint a third party to run the New Orleans jail (all times local):
- Missouri says Aetna takeover of Humana anti-competitive Updated: May-25-16 4:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's insurance department has dealt a setback to a proposal by the nation's third-largest health insurer to buy another insurance company.
- The Latest: Tiny Texas school district joins in lawsuit Updated: May-25-16 4:07 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Latest on 11 states suing the Obama administrative over a federal directive about transgender students in public schools (all times local):
- Monitor: Staff has 'no clue' how to run New Orleans jail Updated: May-25-16 2:54 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Staffers at the New Orleans jail that opened last September "just have no clue" about how to run it, a court-appointed jail monitor said during a Wednesday federal court hearing aimed at determining whether a parish sheriff should continue to operate the lockup.
- Virginia governor: Feds have found no wrongdoing Updated: May-25-16 1:58 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The federal investigation into Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has focused on his business dealings before he took office and has found no evidence of wrongdoing, the governor's attorney said Wednesday.
- The Latest: McAuliffe attorney: Probe should be closed Updated: May-25-16 1:23 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The Latest on a federal investigation into Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's campaign contributions (all times local):
- Feds: Company hasn't done enough to end slow-motion oil leak Updated: May-25-16 12:17 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Justice Department is urging a federal court to let government regulators decide if a New Orleans company has done enough to end an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that began nearly 12 years ago and could last another century.
- Attorney general: Civil rights key to suit against LGBT law Updated: May-24-16 10:32 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - Civil rights laws exist for anyone victimized because of a physical characteristic they can't control, and that's why the U.S. Justice Department challenged a North Carolina law that blocks some legal protections for LGBT citizens, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday.
- Report: Some incorrect prisoner releases due to staff error Updated: May-24-16 8:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Staff error resulted in 152 federal inmates being freed after their correct release dates between 2009 and 2014, including three who spent more than an extra year behind bars, according to a report released Tuesday by the Justice Department watchdog.
- US appeals court revisits Texas voter ID law Updated: May-24-16 7:48 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Whether a strict Texas voter ID law should be struck down, upheld, or, perhaps, adjusted is now up to 15 federal appeals court judges.
- Ferguson city attorney to resign, commends leaders' 'grace' Updated: May-24-16 6:16 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - Ferguson's city attorney has announced plans to step down, just a few weeks after the St. Louis suburb engulfed in racial unrest since Michael Brown's 2014 death revealed they were replacing her as local prosecutor.
- The Latest: Lynch civil rights key to suit against NC law Updated: May-24-16 5:15 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - The Latest on U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch's visit to highlight her agency's recommendations to the Fayetteville Police Department and the reforms officers have implemented (all times local):
- Judge: Substantial progress in Volkswagen emissions talks Updated: May-24-16 2:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Volkswagen and attorneys for vehicle owners affected by the company's emissions cheating scandal are on target to meet a June deadline for a final settlement proposal, a federal judge said Tuesday.
- Republicans seek to combine North Carolina LGBT lawsuits Updated: May-23-16 4:37 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's Republican leaders are seeking to combine separate lawsuits over a state law limiting protections for the LGBT community - moves that could help steer the cases to a judge who twice ruled against the federal government in recent years.
- A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials Updated: May-23-16 10:01 am
The Detroit News. May 17, 2016
- Judge to hear arguments on contribution limits order Updated: May-20-16 3:14 pm
HELENA, Montana - A judge will hear arguments next week on whether he should stay a portion of his ruling on Montana's campaign contribution limits that would allow political parties to make unlimited donations to candidates.
- Federal attorneys' conduct criticized in immigration case Updated: May-19-16 7:51 pm
HOUSTON - Using a mix of scathing language and movie quotes, a federal judge in Texas who had blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action ordered Thursday that Justice Department attorneys attend an ethics course, saying they misled him about whether the administration had begun implementing one of the proposals.
- Computers and warrants: Some senators oppose Justice plan Updated: May-19-16 4:49 pm
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators took a first step Thursday to blocking a Justice Department proposal that they say would make it too easy for the government to hack into computers during investigations.
- State faces $1M in fines if it fails disabilities agreement Updated: May-19-16 2:29 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A federal judge has threatened to impose up to $1 million in fines annually on the state if it does not take steps to comply with a court-ordered agreement meant to provide better job opportunities to thousands of people with developmental disabilities.
- McCrory lawsuit against feds may shift narrative on LGBT law Updated: May-19-16 7:08 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - After weeks of taking a beating from critics over North Carolina's law dictating which restrooms transgender people can use, Gov. Pat McCrory adopted a strategy long favored by Southern conservative governors: He went after the federal government.
- Utah US Attorney John Huber appointed to federal committee Updated: May-19-16 2:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY - U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber has been appointed to serve on a federal Department of Justice advisory committee.
- Feds give scathing review of California border town's police Updated: May-19-16 2:02 am
SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing review Wednesday of a small town's police practices in a big drug and immigrant smuggling corridor on California's border with Mexico, finding a lack of basic controls and oversight of criminal investigations, unstable leadership and other red flags.
- Feds: Law aimed to stop abuse of Indian women has gaps Updated: May-18-16 10:26 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A U.S. Justice Department official identified significant gaps Wednesday in a federal law aimed at addressing high rates of violence against Native American women, saying the law should be expanded to broaden tribes' authority over certain child abuse cases.
- Zimmerman closes gun auction, doesn't identify winning bid Updated: May-18-16 7:51 pm
MIAMI - George Zimmerman says he's vetting bids after closing an auction for the pistol he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin during an altercation.