- Iowa Democrats criticize Grassley during televised debate Updated: May-26-16 10:35 pm
JOHNSTON, Iowa - Democrats in Iowa vying to challenge Republican Sen. Charles Grassley in his upcoming re-election race used a televised debate Thursday to reiterate their criticism of the longtime senator's leading role in a U.S. Supreme Court nomination fight.
- State Supreme Court upholds refusal to turn over jury notes Updated: May-26-16 9:40 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's Supreme Court rejected a death row inmate's attempt to access prosecutors' notes on jury selection on Thursday.
- Special election certified, Ducey signs proclamation Updated: May-26-16 9:01 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan on Thursday certified the results of a special election on school funding and police and fire pension measures.
- Panama initiates process to seek extradition of ex-president Updated: May-26-16 8:51 pm
PANAMA CITY - Panama's top court has initiated a process to seek the extradition of former President Ricardo Martinelli from the United States on charges related to illegal wiretaps against dozens of opponents while in office.
- Vegas-area school officer pleads not guilty in cover-up case Updated: May-26-16 8:51 pm
LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas-area school police officer pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges alleging he attacked a student and a school staff member and tried to cover it up.
- California high court rejects challenge to juvenile sentence Updated: May-26-16 8:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a criminal sentence of 50 years to life for a juvenile convicted of murder who argued that the punishment violated a U.S. Supreme Court decision because it was the equivalent of life without parole and required by law.
- California court tosses murder conviction in bite-mark case Updated: May-26-16 8:04 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court Thursday threw out the conviction of a man found guilty of killing his wife after jurors heard bite-mark testimony that was later recanted.
- Kings County won't appeal California high-speed rail ruling Updated: May-26-16 7:27 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Kings County officials have opted not to appeal a judge's ruling against Central Valley landowners in their ongoing lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project, clearing another legal hurdle to the bullet train.
- Mississippi high court won't reconsider drug-pricing case Updated: May-26-16 7:13 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court is standing by its decision to uphold a $30 million judgment for the state in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit.
- Video of testimony in Clinton email lawsuit ordered sealed Updated: May-26-16 6:40 pm
WASHINGTON - Recordings of upcoming testimony by an aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are to be kept under seal over concerns the video might be used against the Democratic presidential front-runner.
- Feds call off N. Idaho salvage logging project after lawsuit Updated: May-26-16 6:34 pm
LEWISTON, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service has rescinded a decision approving a salvage logging project in northern Idaho after a federal judge halted the plan at the request of two environmental groups.
- Ginsburg: Having only 8 justices hamstrings Supreme Court Updated: May-26-16 6:06 pm
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that having only eight high court justices isn't good, resulting in some 4-4 splits this year that denied litigants an opinion.
- Judge hears arguments on US women's team strike rights Updated: May-26-16 5:55 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge heard arguments Thursday on whether the world champion U.S. women's soccer team has the right to strike for improved conditions and wages before this year's Summer Olympics, with her pending decision potentially carrying far-reaching consequences for American soccer.
- Court allows Ohio to take over health insurer Updated: May-26-16 5:51 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state's insurance department is taking over a company that provides health insurance to nearly 22,000 residents, mainly in central Ohio.
- Ohio appeals federal ruling over early voting in swing state Updated: May-26-16 5:27 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio officials are appealing a ruling by a federal judge that a law trimming early voting in the state is unconstitutional and can't be enforced.
- Filing in Tennessee Title IX suit suggests drawn-out process Updated: May-26-16 5:12 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - Lawyers for both sides of the Title IX lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee over its handling of sexual assault complaints believe it may not be ready to go to trial for another two years.
- Hatch editorial on Supreme Court nominee posted early Updated: May-26-16 4:45 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was scheduled to meet Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, but a guest editorial he wrote for the Deseret News mistakenly posted early shows he had already made up his mind.
- Mich. Supreme Court rules against state workers in pay case Updated: May-26-16 4:40 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state in a dispute over a proposed 2011 raise for some public workers.
- Man convicted of killing lawmaker's 2 sisters gets life term Updated: May-26-16 4:30 pm
PITTSBURGH - A man convicted of killing two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole after a jury deadlocked on whether he should get the death penalty.
- Day 2 of New Orleans jail hearing focuses on inmate suicide Updated: May-26-16 4:16 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Precious time was lost when an inmate hanged himself in the shower at the New Orleans jail because a guard couldn't open a door to the shower from the outside, an expert testified Thursday - the second day of a hearing on whether management at the troubled lockup should be taken away from the local sheriff.
- 1 pleads, 1 balks to Pennsylvania heroin overdose deaths Updated: May-26-16 3:51 pm
PITTSBURGH - One Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to supplying fentanyl-laced heroin that resulted in at least two overdose deaths, but his co-defendant balked at a scheduled plea and opted to stand trial instead.
- Judge: Closed meetings in Columbus broke Open Meetings Act Updated: May-26-16 3:49 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A judge says the city of Columbus can't hold split meetings of its city council to avoid open meetings requirements.
- Man storing 100 pounds of pot gets a year in prison Updated: May-26-16 2:47 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - A Connecticut man who was caught with more than 100 pounds of marijuana and $1 million cash in a storage locker he rented in Massachusetts has been sent to prison for a year.
- Judge reinstates contribution limits on political parties Updated: May-26-16 2:31 pm
HELENA, Montana - A judge reinstated voter-approved limits on the amount of cash Montana political parties can give to candidates on Thursday, nine days after he struck down those limits as unconstitutionally low and less than two weeks before Montana's primary elections.
- The Latest: Court rejects challenge to juvenile sentence Updated: May-26-16 2:03 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The Latest on the California Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of a mandatory 50-years-to-life sentence for a juvenile convicted of homicide (all times local):