- Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal Updated: Aug-27-15 9:37 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation."
- Foundation supports Wyoming magistrate on gay marriage stand Updated: Aug-27-15 7:47 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A conservative law firm that has worked to oppose gay marriage initiatives nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
- Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted Updated: Aug-27-15 7:16 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect.
- Correction: Murder Exonerations-Lawsuits story Updated: Aug-27-15 6:50 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - In a story Aug. 26 about lawsuits by two exonerated murder defendants, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of one of the sheriff's investigators accused of withholding evidence. His name is Gilbert Parra, not Eric Parra.
- Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling Updated: Aug-27-15 6:41 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.
- Obama calls on Congress to pass budget without drama Updated: Aug-27-15 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is highlighting good economic news during a period of wildly erratic stock markets to make the case the United States remains an anchor of global strength.
- Polygamists ask judge to strike down Montana's bigamy laws Updated: Aug-27-15 6:07 pm
HELENA, Montana - A Billings man, his wife and his common-law wife filed a federal lawsuit Thursday that seeks to strike down Montana's bigamy laws and argues the state is unconstitutionally preventing them from legitimizing their polygamous relationship.
- Judge rejects Libertarian Party's ballot access challenge Updated: Aug-27-15 6:01 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - A federal judge on Thursday upheld a New Hampshire law the Libertarian Party argued could prevent its candidates from getting on the ballot.
- 'Sister Wives' cite gay marriage ruling in polygamy case Updated: Aug-27-15 4:49 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A polygamous family says the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage shows that laws restricting consensual adult relationships are outdated, even if certain unions are unpopular.
- Judge won't toss charges in Chinatown racketeering case Updated: Aug-27-15 4:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge refused Thursday to throw out a racketeering case against a man arrested in a money laundering and corruption probe centered in San Francisco's Chinatown that also led to charges against a California state senator.
- Court: Texts on public employee's cellphone public records Updated: Aug-27-15 1:49 pm
SEATTLE - The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that a public employee's work-related text messages sent and received on a private cellphone are public records.
- The Latest: Kentucky clerk again refuses to grant license Updated: Aug-27-15 1:44 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The latest in the refusal of a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples (all times local):
- US judge weighs dumping case over Alcoa dams riverbed rights Updated: Aug-27-15 1:22 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A federal judge is deciding whether to throw out North Carolina's lawsuit challenging whether Alcoa Inc. owns the riverbed under four Yadkin River dams it has operated beginning nearly a century ago.
- 21 parties register for Portugal's general election Oct. 4 Updated: Aug-27-15 7:23 am
LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's National Election Commission says 21 parties, some in coalitions, will field candidates in the Oct. 4 general election.
- US judge blasts Illinois for not making all ordered payments Updated: Aug-26-15 9:08 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge in Chicago scolded Illinois officials Wednesday for not fully complying with her order to pay social service providers in answer to a consent decree.
- Judge denies attempt to block extra water for Klamath salmon Updated: Aug-26-15 8:35 pm
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - A federal judge has denied a request by agricultural water providers in California's Central Valley to block emergency water releases to protect Klamath River salmon from the drought.
- Judge: Current execution drugs may break Mississippi law Updated: Aug-26-15 8:08 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge said that he blocked executions in Mississippi because the sedatives the state plans to use don't align with what's required by Mississippi law.
- Feds warns Montana it faces cutoff of abuse program funding Updated: Aug-26-15 7:31 pm
The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect.
- NFL, union still in dispute over Peterson suspension Updated: Aug-26-15 6:12 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson was reinstated by the NFL in April. He rejoined the Minnesota Vikings in June. He even got a new contract in July, with the guaranteed money he was seeking.
- US solicitor general opposes ex-Va. governor's freedom bid Updated: Aug-26-15 5:10 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has not met the legal standard that would warrant allowing him to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions to the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said in papers filed Wednesday.
- Public defender warns governor of death penalty costs Updated: Aug-26-15 4:20 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The state of Wyoming is bracing to cover the cost of a new death penalty sentencing hearing for a convicted murderer even as a federal court considers whether the state has lost legal standing to seek to put him to death.
- 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.
- Guatemalan ex-vice president held during corruption trial Updated: Aug-26-15 3:02 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - A judge ordered Guatemala's former vice president to remain in jail Wednesday while she stands trial on charges of conspiracy, customs fraud and bribery, based on allegations that she accepted $3.7 million in bribes as part of the scandal that forced her from office.
- Bail denied in kidnapping, torture of jewelry store worker Updated: Aug-26-15 2:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge has denied bail for a man accused of having helped kidnap and torture a Philadelphia jewelry store worker last spring.
- Child services workers' suit on unpaid overtime dismissed Updated: Aug-26-15 2:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Indiana Department of Child Services investigators over having to work extensive overtime without receiving extra pay.