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Stories with subject: National governments
  • new storyIn college rape debate, overseas-study crimes gain attention story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 1:28 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - As colleges wrestle with how to address sexual assault, a legal challenge involving a small Vermont institution brings an obscure part of the equation to the fore: how to report, investigate and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas-study programs.

  • new storyMessi to stand trial in Spain on 3 counts of tax fraud 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 1:18 pm

    MADRID - Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty.

  • new storyRwanda court: Constitution allows removal of term limits 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 1:05 pm

    KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by the political opposition that had sought to block constitutional amendments on presidential term limits, clearing the way for President Paul Kagame to run again for office.

  • new storyJudges say new federal courthouse in San Antonio is needed 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 12:50 pm

    SAN ANTONIO - Judges who work at the federal courthouse in San Antonio say it's in such disrepair that a new building is needed.

  • Italian prosecutor: convicted US diplomat held in Portugal 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 11:13 am

    MILAN - A former CIA operative convicted of the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric as part of the extraordinary renditions program has been detained in Portugal and is awaiting a decision on whether she will be turned over to Italy to serve her six-year sentence, a top Italian prosecutor said Thursday.

  • Donald Trump takes wind farm dispute to UK Supreme Court 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 9:55 am

    LONDON - U.S presidential candidate Donald Trump has begun the latest round in his legal battle against a Scottish offshore wind farm project.

  • Witnesses: Saudi-led airstrikes kill 15 at wedding in Yemen 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:33 pm

    SANAA, Yemen - Two airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 15 civilians and wounded 25 others in Yemen on Wednesday at a wedding hosted by a tribal leader known to support the Houthi rebels, witnesses and independent security officials said.

  • Prosecutors continue to recover money in oil patch fraud 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:14 pm

    FARGO, North Dakota - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a man and his former wife accused of fraud and terror in the North Dakota oil patch to forfeit about $250,000 from bank accounts.

  • Planned Parenthood challenges new Medicaid removal effort 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:10 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Planned Parenthood is contesting the new approach Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has taken to remove it from Louisiana's Medicaid program.

  • Coalition created by Daugaard meets on Medicaid expansion 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 6:57 pm

    FORT PIERRE, South Dakota - A coalition of health representatives and state and tribal officials established by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to explore the possibility of expanding Medicaid in South Dakota is first focusing on how to free up enough funds to pay for the state's share.

  • Monitor: Cleveland police must undergo cultural shift 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 6:15 pm

    CLEVELAND - The entire Cleveland police department must undergo a cultural shift to earn the community's trust and any real change may require a financial commitment from the city, a member of the team hired to monitor a police consent decree said Wednesday.

  • Senate OKs massive defense bill, sends measure to Obama 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 5:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill that he has threatened to veto over an ongoing battle between Democrats and Republicans about government spending.

  • Judge to consider blocking Kansas voter rules in December 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 3:41 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - County election officials in Kansas could have canceled many of the more than 31,000 incomplete voter registrations when a federal judge has the next hearing in a lawsuit challenging the effort.

  • High court weighs 3 death sentences in Kansas cases 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 3:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to rule against three Kansas men who challenged their death sentences in what one justice called "some of the most horrendous murders" he's ever seen from the bench.

  • US judge declines to undo government order on green cards 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 3:04 pm

    SEATTLE - A federal judge declined to issue an emergency order Wednesday that would allow tens of thousands of highly skilled immigrants to immediately apply to become permanent residents, as the government initially told them they could.

  • Louisiana editorial roundup 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 1:08 pm

    Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:

  • US Supreme Court lets Ho-Chunk video poker decision stand 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 12:32 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A court decision to let the Ho-Chunk Nation offer video poker at its Madison casino will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

  • Attorneys seek brain scan for Oklahoma death row inmate 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 10:56 am

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate have asked a federal judge to order a psychiatric evaluation and brain scan for their client, who they say is mentally ill and ineligible for execution.

  • Tax hike on humble Greek drink threatens town's future 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:23 am

    TIRNAVOS, Greece - At Statiris Tavern, the patrons' faces are hardened from a life of hard work - truck drivers, builders, and farmers who've just ended their grueling grape harvest.

  • Cleveland wants $5.5M verdict in police shooting overturned 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:16 am

    CLEVELAND - A city attorney has asked a federal judge to overturn a $5.5 million jury award for the family of a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Cleveland police officer.

  • Cleveland appeals 'jock tax' ruling to US Supreme Court 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:14 am

    CLEVELAND - The city of Cleveland says it is within its rights to tax visiting professional athletes based on the number of games they play a year because taxation is a matter of local jurisdiction.

  • Kremlin sets out to extend control over the Russian Internet 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 6:56 am

    MOSCOW - Galina Timchenko recalls how proud she felt when the Russian news website she edited reached 3 million users per day. When she reported the figures to the website's owner, he was horrified.

  • Fargo pastor resigns over gay marriage decision 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 6:41 am

    FARGO, North Dakota - A pastor is leaving his post at a Fargo church due to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide.

  • Pakistani court upholds death sentence in blasphemy killing 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 5:30 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a former police officer convicted of killing a provincial governor he had accused of blasphemy.

  • Kerry stops in Haiti to discuss election preparations story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:57 pm

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped in Haiti's capital on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the country's upcoming elections and encourage people to refrain from disrupting balloting after a messy parliamentary first round in August.