- US judge on hog grower's lawsuits: Dump talk of Chinese ties Updated: Jul-06-15 1:43 pm
ROSE HILL, North Carolina - Lawyers must edit out references to the Chinese government, the Communist Party and the country's People's Liberation Army from a lawsuit complaining that North Carolina neighbors of industrial hog farms have endured terrible smells for decades, a federal judge ruled.
- US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay Updated: Jul-06-15 1:19 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab.
- Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage Updated: Jul-06-15 1:05 pm
WASHINGTON - In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close.
- Federal judge dismisses lawsuit filed by admitted terrorist Updated: Jul-06-15 1:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge in Oklahoma City has dismissed a lawsuit filed by imprisoned al-Qaida terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee).
- Court: Atlantic City overcharged Borgata casino in taxes Updated: Jul-06-15 1:01 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - The Borgata casino will receive about $63 million after a state appeals panel concluded Monday that Atlantic City had overcharged it on property taxes.
- Defense testimony resumes in federal cyberstalking trial Updated: Jul-06-15 12:58 pm
WILMINGTON, Delaware - Defense attorneys continued to call witnesses Monday as the trial winds down in the federal conspiracy and cyberstalking case against the widow and children of a man who killed his ex-daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.
- Box cutter under bed sent terror defendant back to custody Updated: Jul-06-15 12:13 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man living at a halfway house while awaiting sentencing on a terror charge was returned to custody in April after a box cutter was found under his bed, according to a court document filed Monday.
- Ohio County judge criticizes prosecution grand jury tactics Updated: Jul-06-15 9:53 am
WHEELING, West Virginia - An Ohio County judge isn't happy with tactics used by the county prosecutor's office to obtain criminal indictments.
- 2016 9th Circuit conference to be held at Big Sky Updated: Jul-06-15 9:20 am
BILLINGS, Montana - Next year's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference will be held at Big Sky.
- 2 Miss men sentenced in death of Louisiana black bear Updated: Jul-05-15 8:13 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A Mississippi taxidermist must pay $4,300 for hiding the skin of a threatened Louisiana black bear from investigators, and a man who helped take the bear to him must pay an equal amount.
- Seattle's Duwamish Tribe denied federal recognition Updated: Jul-05-15 7:28 pm
SEATTLE - The federal government has again rejected a Seattle tribe's petition for federal recognition as an Indian tribe.
- Idaho's gay marriage ban remains in state constitution Updated: Jul-05-15 5:35 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
- Missoula elections office makes poll training videos Updated: Jul-05-15 4:58 pm
MISSOULA, Montana - The Missoula County Elections Office has partnered with the Montana Secretary of State's Office to produce a series of informative election judge training videos.
- Colorado Supreme Court to review bridge fee Updated: Jul-05-15 2:10 pm
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review a 2009 vehicle fee approved by state lawmakers in a case that could determine the fate of millions of dollars in transportation funding.
- State must fix hundreds of fish-blocking culverts Updated: Jul-05-15 2:08 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with Washington tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish.
- Ex-ISU professor files judicial misconduct against judge Updated: Jul-05-15 1:59 pm
POCATELLO, Idaho - A former Idaho State University professor has filed a judicial misconduct complaint against a federal judge, alleging an appearance of impropriety.
- Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground Updated: Jul-05-15 11:10 am
HOUSTON - A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights.
- Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration Updated: Jul-04-15 6:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.
- Shawnee County officials warn of jury duty scam Updated: Jul-04-15 4:43 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office is warning about a scam in which would-be victims are told they must pay a fine for missing jury duty.
- Analysis: Arkansas court punts on gay marriage issue Updated: Jul-04-15 2:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - By punting a same-sex marriage case that sat before it for more than seven months, members of the Arkansas Supreme Court left unresolved a serious question about how sacrosanct a voter-approved constitutional amendment really is.
- Ten Commandments decision prompts conservative outcry Updated: Jul-04-15 2:25 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to order a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds has so angered conservatives in the Legislature that some Republicans are calling for justices to be impeached, while others want to amend the Bill of Rights in the 108-year-old state constitution.
- Attorney asks appeals court to affirm gay marriage ruling Updated: Jul-04-15 2:14 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The attorney representing six same-sex couples in South Dakota has formally asked an appeals court to affirm a judge's ruling that declared the state's ban on gay marriages is unconstitutional.
- Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county Updated: Jul-04-15 2:06 pm
SMITHFIELD, Virginia - The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road - a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick owned the place.
- Iowa courts now paperless as of July 1 Updated: Jul-04-15 1:41 pm
CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Filing a court claim in Iowa now only requires a computer.
- NC legislators want Medicaid reform before expansion Updated: Jul-04-15 12:04 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Despite a key win in the Supreme Court and pressure from liberal activists, North Carolina's legislative leaders said this past week that they have no plans to expand the state's Medicaid rolls through President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.