- Federal judges object to birth control ruling Updated: Sep-03-15 4:41 pm
DENVER - Five federal judges are criticizing a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals not to rehear a challenge to a case involving birth control, which could strengthen the case for U.S. Supreme Court review.
- Appeals court says drug evidence in bad stop can be used Updated: Sep-03-15 3:48 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A federal appeals court says drugs found in a car during a Nebraska traffic stop can be used as evidence, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in April that said the search was unconstitutional.
- Texas clinics file Supreme Court appeal of abortion law Updated: Sep-02-15 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to take up a major case about abortion rights in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.
- Lesbian couple, like Kentucky clerk, standing up for beliefs Updated: Sep-02-15 6:01 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - As April Miller drove to work, still too stunned to grasp the magnitude of the fight erupting around her, an old song crackled over the car radio.
- Douglas County will ask Supreme Court to review voucher case Updated: Sep-02-15 3:08 pm
DENVER - A suburban Denver school district plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to try to save its private school voucher program.
- Missouri executes man for 15-year-old girl's 1989 killing Updated: Sep-01-15 11:31 pm
BONNE TERRE, Missouri - A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri's death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl who was waiting for a school bus.
- The Latest: Missouri executes man for girl's 1989 killing Updated: Sep-01-15 11:19 pm
BONNE TERRE, Missouri - The latest on the scheduled execution of Missouri inmate Roderick Nunley, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Kansas City in 1989 (all times local):
- Nebraska AP high school football rankings Updated: Sep-01-15 7:33 am
Here are the Associated Press Nebraska high school football rankings in Classes A through D2. Listings include name of school, season record, previous week's result and this week's opponent. The rankings are based on a formula that includes ratings from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star plus experts for each class. Class A: Dale Miller, Grand Island Independent. Class B: Jeff Fielder, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. Class C1: Tom Behmer, Norfolk Daily News. Class C2: Brent Wasinius, Fremont Tribune. Class D1: Andrew Bottrell, North Platte Telegraph. Class D2: Nick Blasnitz, Hastings Tribune.
- State's appeal of gay marriage ruling dismissed Updated: Sep-01-15 5:07 am
HELENA, Montana - A federal appeals court has formally dismissed Montana's gay marriage case now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to wed.
- North Carolina justices ponder 2011 redistricting again Updated: Aug-31-15 6:31 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - As North Carolina's highest court considers for a second time whether the state's legislative and congressional boundaries were lawfully drawn on the basis of race, the justices also must consider seemingly competing rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court.
- US Supreme Court: Ex-Virginia gov to remain free for now Updated: Aug-31-15 5:35 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will not have to go to prison while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review his public corruption convictions, the justices ruled Monday.
- Inmate says medical condition would worsen pain of execution Updated: Aug-31-15 12:22 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A Mississippi death row inmate is arguing to the state Supreme Court that his medical condition would create a risk of unnecessary pain and torture if he is executed.
- New ND law bolsters student journalists' free speech rights Updated: Aug-30-15 12:01 pm
Journalism students returning to North Dakota public schools this fall will be able to do their jobs at high school and college newspapers with stronger free-speech protections thanks to a new state law that observers are hoping will also spur changes nationwide.
- Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest Updated: Aug-29-15 1:07 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
- Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest Updated: Aug-29-15 12:47 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The Rowan County clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage and religious conscience closed her office on Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
- Keep off: Judges rule Supreme Court can ban plaza protests Updated: Aug-28-15 2:07 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, the setting for landmark rulings in favor of free speech, can keep protesters off its marble plaza without violating their constitutional rights, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
- Feds take case of 'dark' humor preschool threat on Facebook Updated: Aug-26-15 3:19 pm
PITTSBURGH - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man faces federal charges over a Facebook post threatening to kill preschool children even after telling investigators he merely has a dark sense of humor and didn't plan to carry out the threat.
- Gay, straight couples say 'I do' to Justice Kennedy's words Updated: Aug-25-15 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Emily Smith and Jillian Levine had already chosen a venue, booked a band and written the first draft of the ceremony for their wedding when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples nationwide have a right to marry. Within minutes of the June 26 ruling, Levine texted her fiancÃ©e a rainbow emoji and a question about their ceremony.
- Taxpayers facing $2.3 million tab in same-sex marriage case Updated: Aug-25-15 11:13 am
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Attorneys who successfully challenged Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage have submitted a bill for more than $2 million in legal fees, court costs and related expenses. The state of Kentucky, as the losing party in the case, gets stuck with the tab under federal civil-rights law.
- Idaho man sentenced for sex trafficking in North Dakota Updated: Aug-25-15 8:10 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - An Idaho man who once won a battle against the federal government in the U.S. Supreme Court is now going to federal prison for sex trafficking in North Dakota.
- Judge makes no ruling in suit over political mailers Updated: Aug-22-15 4:52 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge is examining a request to keep hidden the origin of a political mailer that depicted the Madison mayor manipulating Madison County supervisor candidates with puppet strings.
- Court denies Catholic groups' contraceptive mandate request Updated: Aug-21-15 8:13 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A federal appeals court on Friday reaffirmed its prior judgment that the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- Comcast reveals subscriber in online comments case Updated: Aug-20-15 9:10 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Comcast Cable Communications has given a local politician in northern Illinois the identity of an Internet service subscriber whose account was used to post an anonymous comment online suggesting the politician molests children.
- Donald O'Brien, US judge known for inmate cases, dies at 91 Updated: Aug-20-15 3:58 pm
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A longtime federal judge in Iowa known for rulings that improved jail and prison conditions has died at age 91.
- The Latest: Ex-Virginia governor petitions Supreme Court Updated: Aug-20-15 3:10 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The latest on the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who's been convicted on corruption charges but is appealing (all times local):