- Court: Nothing fishy in confession by man who killed wife Updated: May-04-16 10:47 pm
MOUNT CLEMENS, Michigan - A federal appeals court has ruled against a Detroit-area man who was convicted of killing his wife and dismembering the body.
- Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough Updated: May-04-16 9:19 pm
SEATTLE - A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish.
- US Judge: Clinton may be ordered to testify in records case Updated: May-04-16 9:04 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures.
- US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights Updated: May-04-16 8:43 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
- Near site of 9/11 attack, courthouse gets security pavilion Updated: May-04-16 8:04 pm
NEW YORK - A new security pavilion was dedicated Wednesday at a federal courthouse where high-profile terrorism trials have taken place blocks from where the Sept. 11 attacks downed the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center.
- Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves Updated: May-04-16 7:50 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Wildlife advocates on Wednesday said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market.
- Class action status OK'd in major post-Katrina flood case Updated: May-04-16 7:46 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge who ruled last year that the federal government is responsible for some of the flooding that hit the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina and other storms granted class-action status in the case Wednesday, meaning numerous property owners - not just the handful in the original 2005 lawsuit - could be in line for compensation.
- Senate votes to give some juvenile lifers a chance at parole Updated: May-04-16 7:45 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's state senators reluctantly agreed Wednesday to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a shot at parole after serving 35 years of their life sentence.
- New Orleans sheriff ships out inmates to cut jail violence Updated: May-04-16 7:19 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The sheriff who runs New Orleans' troubled jail says he's transferring hundreds of inmates to other jurisdictions.
- Judge upholds $23 million award for unarmed man deputy shot Updated: May-04-16 6:15 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A federal judge Wednesday upheld a $23 million jury verdict awarded to a black man who was unarmed when he was shot and paralyzed by a Florida sheriff's deputy.
- Bentley prison plan to be decided on session's final day Updated: May-04-16 5:54 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's $800 million prison construction proposal - the centerpiece of his 2016 agenda - will be decided in the final hours of the legislative session.
- New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths Updated: May-04-16 5:53 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.
- Refuge occupiers concerned about liberal Portland jury Updated: May-04-16 5:40 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Lawyers for those who occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year are concerned a jury comprised of people from liberal Portland won't be impartial.
- Brazil president impeachment recommended in Senate Updated: May-04-16 5:19 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - A senator selected as a fact-finder by a special Senate commission considering the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff recommended Wednesday that she be put on trial for possible removal from office.
- 24-year sentence for Tennessee man in human trafficking case Updated: May-04-16 4:52 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Justice Department says a Tennessee man who pleaded guilty in a human trafficking case has been sentenced to 24½ years in prison by a federal judge in New Orleans.
- Ex-federal prison guard in Houston guilty of inmate sex Updated: May-04-16 4:31 pm
HOUSTON - A former federal prison guard in Houston faces up to 15 years behind bars for having sex with an inmate.
- Court rejects appeal by Ohio Amish in beard-cutting attacks Updated: May-04-16 3:18 pm
CINCINNATI - A federal court in Ohio has rejected a bid to overturn new sentences and remaining charges against members of a breakaway Amish group accused in hair- and beard-cutting attacks.
- The governor's good day: A new dog and a legal victory Updated: May-04-16 3:14 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - For Republican Gov. Paul LePage, the good days have been few and far between in recent weeks.
- Judge certifies class action lawsuit for laid-off miners Updated: May-04-16 1:04 pm
BECKLEY, West Virginia - A lawsuit filed by miners who say they were unlawfully laid off in Wyoming County has been certified as a class action.
- Judge sets hearing on bid to block new Indiana abortion law Updated: May-04-16 12:02 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge has set a hearing to consider Planned Parenthood's bid to block a new Indiana law that bans abortions sought because of genetic abnormalities.
- Former Orleans deputy pleads guilty in overbilling scheme Updated: May-04-16 11:32 am
NEW ORLEANS - A former high ranking officer with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
- Mom gets 1 month in jail for assaulting toddler on plane Updated: May-04-16 9:18 am
HONOLULU - A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hawaii mother to a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska.
- New York man sentenced for smuggling opioids into Maine Updated: May-04-16 6:46 am
PORTLAND, Maine - A New York man has been sentenced to serve more than eight years in federal prison for smuggling opioids from his home state into southern Maine for distribution.
- Robber took thousands from banks across South Mississippi Updated: May-04-16 6:29 am
GULFPORT, Mississippi - A Mississippi man who held up banks in Pascagoula and Hurst, Texas, in July will spend extra time in prison for robbing the banks while on probation for three other bank heists.
- Man sent to prison for role in ATM skimming scheme Updated: May-04-16 6:24 am
NEWARK, New Jersey - A federal judge in New Jersey has sentenced a Chicago man to more than seven years in prison for his role in a long-running ATM skimming scheme that affected thousands of bank customers around the country.