- 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.
- The Latest: Malloy says he's OK with special budget session Updated: May-04-16 9:11 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Latest on the plans by Connecticut lawmakers to pass a last-minute budget deal for the new fiscal year (all times local):
- 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.
- Judge hears objections to order sealing shooting video Updated: May-04-16 8:07 pm
PHOENIX - Releasing video of a man's fatal shooting death by a Mesa officer would be the same as releasing a police report, attorneys for the man's widow argued Wednesday.
- 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.
- The Latest: House rejects bill targeting illegal immigration Updated: May-04-16 7:26 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on a bill in Arizona that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally (all times local):
- 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.
- Justices weigh ruling on confinement of ex-death row inmate Updated: May-04-16 5:17 pm
DOVER, Delaware - Delaware's Supreme Court is weighing whether to overturn a judge's order transferring a former death row inmate who is awaiting retrial from maximum security to the general prison population.
- 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.
- 9th Circuit to hear appeal again in 1995 Carson City killing Updated: May-04-16 4:14 pm
RENO, Nevada - Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a 1996 murder conviction the U.S. Supreme Court struck down because prosecutors may have failed to prove the 14-year-old killer knew what he did was wrong.
- Court rejects voter registration lawsuit in West Virginia Updated: May-04-16 3:36 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The West Virginia Supreme Court swiftly rejected a lawsuit filed against the county clerks of Kanawha and Cabell counties over their refusal to accept online voter registrations from the Secretary of State's office.
- High court: Ohio can retroactively alter funding for schools Updated: May-04-16 3:34 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio can retroactively change funding for school districts and other political subdivisions, the state Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.
- The Latest: Widow wants to see video before public release Updated: May-04-16 3:25 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on court proceedings on whether authorities must release police view from a fatal shooting (all times local):
- 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.