- Cherokee County fights ruling on jail altercation video Updated: Oct-03-15 12:43 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - Cherokee County officials are contesting a judge's ruling that jail video recordings involved in an excessive-force civil rights lawsuit were improperly destroyed.
- Supreme Court won't issue gambling opinion for Bentley Updated: Oct-03-15 9:44 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Supreme Court has refused Gov. Robert Bentley's request to weigh in on whether a lottery would open the door to full-blown casinos in the state.
- Denver police ordered to stop enforcing panhandling ban Updated: Oct-03-15 5:04 am
DENVER - In the wake of a federal court ruling a Grand Junction panhandling ordinance unconstitutional, Denver police officers have been told by the police chief to stop enforcing the city's panhandling ban.
- Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays Updated: Oct-02-15 10:48 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.
- The Latest: Arpaio's contempt hearing to resume Thursday Updated: Oct-02-15 9:20 pm
PHOENIX - The latest on a hearing to decide whether an Arizona sheriff should be held in contempt for his defiance of a court order to stop his signature immigration patrols (all times local):
- Judge: Arkansas must fund some Planned Parenthood benefits Updated: Oct-02-15 8:38 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas will block most Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday, after a judge ordered the state to continue paying for services only to the three women who are suing over the governor's decision to end payments to the organization.
- Ex-president to be questioned in Brazil corruption probe Updated: Oct-02-15 7:41 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - A Supreme Court judge ruled Friday that Brazil's federal police may question former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as a witness in their investigation of a kickback scandal that has engulfed the state-owned oil company Petrobras.
- The Latest: Day 2 ends in trial of W.Va. ex-coal chief Updated: Oct-02-15 7:32 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The latest developments in the federal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. All times are local:
- Texas birth certificate denials for US-born kids get hearing Updated: Oct-02-15 6:24 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Lawyers for immigrant families denied birth certificates for U.S.-born children by Texas health officials told a federal judge Friday that a state agency must provide another option if certain forms of foreign-issued identification cannot be accepted.
- Federal judge continues blocking Arkansas from defunding Planned Parenthood Updated: Oct-02-15 4:24 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Federal judge continues blocking Arkansas from defunding Planned Parenthood.
- Punitive damages possible in suit against DuPont over cancer Updated: Oct-02-15 4:01 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge on Thursday ruled against a motion by DuPont and said punitive damages were possible for an Ohio woman who says she got kidney cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical discharged from a company plant.
- 1 month in prison for companion of ex-treasure hunter Updated: Oct-02-15 1:33 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The longtime companion of an ex-fugitive deep sea treasure hunter was sentenced to a month behind bars Friday by a federal judge who rejected a recommendation for probation.
- Judge rules New Mexico tree-cutting law is unconstitutional Updated: Oct-02-15 12:51 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A federal court has struck down a state law that gave New Mexico counties the authority to remove trees and clear overgrown areas on national forest land without having to get approval from the U.S. Forest Service.
- Feds seek to restore guilty verdicts for ex-New Orleans cops Updated: Oct-02-15 12:22 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors have asked federal appeals court again to reinstate guilty verdicts against five former New Orleans police officers on charges connected to deadly shootings that followed Hurricane Katrina.
- Judge rules Ohio city's rental inspections unconstitutional Updated: Oct-02-15 7:28 am
CINCINNATI - A federal judge has ruled that a southern Ohio city's inspections of rental properties without a warrant are unconstitutional.
- Taney scholars putting Dred Scott ruling in context Updated: Oct-02-15 4:46 am
FREDERICK, Maryland - Some history scholars are offering Frederick residents a variety of perspectives on the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.
- Brooklyn man faces up to 30 years for Maine drug trafficking Updated: Oct-02-15 3:35 am
PORTLAND, Maine - A federal judge has found a New York man guilty of heroin and cocaine trafficking in Maine after a two-day bench trial.
- Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders Updated: Oct-02-15 1:11 am
WASHINGTON - The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016.
- The Latest: Virginia executes serial killer Updated: Oct-01-15 10:03 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The latest on the scheduled execution of a convicted serial killer in Virginia. All times local:
- Judge: State psychology board can't regulate advice column Updated: Oct-01-15 4:59 pm
McLEAN, Virginia - The state of Kentucky's effort to censor a newspaper advice column because its author is not a state-licensed psychologist amounts to an unconstitutional restriction of free speech, a federal judge has ruled.
- Judge rules against Osage Nation in wind power lawsuit Updated: Oct-01-15 3:50 pm
PAWHUSKA, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma federal judge has rejected arguments from the Osage Nation and U.S. Interior Department that digging foundations for wind turbines violates tribal mineral rights.
- Judge rules Grand Junction panhandling law unconstitutional Updated: Oct-01-15 3:40 pm
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - A panhandling ordinance in Grand Junction has been ruled unconstitutional, with a federal judge saying it's not OK to stop people from asking for money after dark.
- Dismissal of defendants in wrongful death lawsuit upheld Updated: Oct-01-15 3:25 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A divided federal appeals panel upheld on Thursday the dismissal of three companies from a wrongful death lawsuit filed over a Maryland couple and their children who were killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska.
- Federal appeals court judges question Wisconsin abortion law Updated: Oct-01-15 3:01 pm
CHICAGO - The three judges on a federal appeals court panel are questioning a Wisconsin law blocked by a court order requiring doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
- Cleveland hires monitoring team to oversee police reforms Updated: Oct-01-15 2:00 pm
CLEVELAND - A nonprofit organization overseeing police reforms in Seattle has been hired to oversee a court-approved agreement between Cleveland and the U.S. Justice Department aimed at curbing police abuse and improving officers' relationships with the people they serve.