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Stories with subject: National courts
  • new storyJury to hear openings in New Jersey 'gay conversion' trial 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 2:20 am

    JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - A jury in northern New Jersey is scheduled to hear opening arguments in the fraud trial of a nonprofit that offers so-called 'gay conversion' therapy.

  • new storyTexas inmate, 67, set for execution in slayings 31 years ago 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:50 am

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Condemned prisoner Lester Bower Jr., convicted of fatally shooting four men more than 31 years ago, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep him from becoming the oldest Texas prisoner put to death if his execution is carried out as scheduled Wednesday evening.

  • Student to don eagle feather at graduation after agreement story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:20 am

    SAN FRANCISCO - Attorneys for a Native American student and officials with a California school district have reached an agreement that allows him to wear an eagle feather to his high school graduation.

  • Federal judge signs Albuquerque police reform settlement 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 7:58 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between Albuquerque and the U.S. Department of Justice on overhauling the city's police force.

  • Prosecution: Ex-BP exec lied; defense: no motive to lie 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 7:26 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP executive manipulated early estimates of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico after a 2010 rig explosion to conform to a low government estimate, then lied about it to federal agents, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

  • 7th US Circuit Appeals Court vacates Pruitt death sentence 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 7:20 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - A federal appeals court threw out the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a central Indiana sheriff's deputy, ruling Tuesday he is intellectually disabled and categorically ineligible for execution.

  • Jim Thorpe's sons ask Supreme Court to allow reburial 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 6:39 pm

    Jim Thorpe's surviving sons asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to allow them to pursue reburial of the famed athlete on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

  • California execution process tied to ruling in Oklahoma case 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:44 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The state corrections department and families of murder victims have reached an agreement, announced Tuesday, that would tie California's execution procedure to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • Colorado coal mine appeals climate change court ruling 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:15 pm

    DENVER - A Colorado coal mine at the center of a legal fight over whether coal's impact on climate change needs to be considered before it is mined wants to make sure it can keep operating while it appeals a federal court ruling.

  • Judge delays Hastert's arraignment in hush-money case story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:44 pm

    CHICAGO - A federal judge on Tuesday delayed former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's first court appearance until next week following his indictment in Chicago in a hush-money case.

  • More than 10M enrolled this year under Obama's health law story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - More than 10 million people have signed up for private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law, the administration said Tuesday. That puts the nation finally within reach of coverage for all, but it may not last.

  • Judge dismisses gamblers' $3M lawsuit against Foxwoods 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:37 pm

    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Three gamblers from China including a woman known as the "Queen of Sorts" for her card-monitoring skills have lost a legal challenge to reclaim nearly $3 million in winnings and deposits they say were kept by Foxwoods Resort Casino based on false cheating allegations.

  • Wolf seeks state authority over health insurance marketplace 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:15 pm

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Tuesday it has formally applied to take over the operation of Pennsylvania's health insurance marketplace as the Democrat seeks a bulwark against the potential loss of health insurance subsidies for hundreds of thousands of state residents.

  • Yadkin County commissioners challenging hospital closure 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 2:41 pm

    YADKINVILLE, North Carolina - Yadkin County's board of commissioners has accused the management of Yadkin Valley Community Hospital of putting its financial concerns above the welfare of the community when it decided to close the facility two months before its lease expired.

  • Appeals court sides with EPA on air pollution limits 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 2:06 pm

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency complied with the law in deciding which areas of the country failed to meet federal limits on smog-forming pollution that can cause asthma and respiratory illness.

  • Court rejects ex-officer's immunity claim in fatal wreck 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 1:44 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A federal appeals court has rejected a former Albuquerque police officer's claim of immunity in a lawsuit stemming from a 2013 fatal auto accident.

  • New federal judge for Texas settles in at Galveston 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 12:53 pm

    GALVESTON, Texas - Judge George Hanks Jr. stood in his new workplace - Galveston's historic federal courtroom fashioned with grand wood panels and lights shaped as the scales of justice.

  • Q&A: What's next in the Dennis Hastert hush-money case story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 11:28 am

    CHICAGO - The federal judge presiding over former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's hush-money case donated money to the then-Illinois congressman, but he has not said whether he'll recuse himself. That's one of several outstanding issues as Hastert prepares to appear in court on the charges next week.

  • Judge delays lawsuit over boy's fatal shooting by police 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 8:57 am

    CLEVELAND - A federal judge delayed part of a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by police, citing concern for the officers' rights against self-incrimination.

  • GOP Sen. Newton running for N. Carolina attorney general 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 10:19 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Republican state Sen. Buck Newton announced his 2016 bid for attorney general on Monday, portraying himself as one who would confront what many conservatives consider federal overreach while focusing on basics as the state's top lawyer and law enforcement officer.

  • Actions of resigning Ala. judge might be impeachable story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 8:46 pm

    ATLANTA - A federal judicial conference is reviewing the actions of an Alabama judge who announced his resignation last week, months after he was arrested on a spousal abuse charge.

  • Judge delays case of Ohio man charged in Capitol terror plot 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 7:35 pm

    CINCINNATI - A federal judge on Monday again delayed court proceedings for a man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of Islamic State extremists.

  • Judge tosses 1 of 2 charges against ex-BP exec on trial 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 7:32 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge on Monday tossed out one of two pending charges against a former BP executive the federal government accuses of trying to hide the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

  • Another Arizona immigration law dismantled by the courts 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 6:37 pm

    PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts.

  • Rowan County commissioners vote to appeal ruling on prayer 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 6:22 pm

    SALISBURY, North Carolina - Rowan County commissioners are going to appeal a federal judge's ruling which said they must stop opening their meetings with prayers that almost always refer to Christianity.