- Florida Gov. remains mum on how to fix state's death penalty Updated: Feb-10-16 10:56 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - With Florida's death penalty law in limbo due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Emilee Cope on Wednesday described in chilling detail how her father, Keith, was hog-tied and left for dead back in 2009 when she was a teenager.
- Lawsuit of man who questioned police shootings dismissed Updated: Feb-10-16 8:54 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former investigator for Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police shootings.
- Justice focuses on budget cuts during State of Judiciary Updated: Feb-10-16 8:30 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court told state lawmakers Wednesday that judicial services have already been impacted by budget cuts and he proposed universal furloughs and regular court closures to help absorb anticipated cuts for the coming year.
- Minnesota Supreme Court upholds conviction in boy's death Updated: Feb-10-16 8:29 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Pope County woman in the death of her 4-year-old stepson.
- Court's stay on EPA rules gives governor temporary reprieve Updated: Feb-10-16 8:25 pm
HELENA, Montana - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily freeze the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock breathing room in his campaign for a second term.
- Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal Updated: Feb-10-16 8:21 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.
- Chicago man sues to try to get on Mississippi primary ballot Updated: Feb-10-16 8:16 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court is considering a challenge by a Chicago businessman who's trying to get listed on the state's March 8 Democratic primary ballot for president.
- Judge: new order against enforcing Louisiana abortion law Updated: Feb-10-16 7:34 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a new order blocking the state from enforcing a law that he says would keep most women from getting abortions.
- Judge denies request to dismiss count in Islamic State case Updated: Feb-10-16 7:00 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A federal judge presiding over the case of five men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group says he won't dismiss the most serious charge against them.
- Defense for Arkansas teen will ask to move to juvenile court Updated: Feb-10-16 6:49 pm
CONWAY, Arkansas - Defense attorneys for an Arkansas teen charged in the shooting death of the couple who raised him as their grandson said Wednesday that they plan to ask for the case to be moved to juvenile court.
- Salvador high court orders civil prosecution of ex-president Updated: Feb-10-16 6:41 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - El Salvador's Supreme Court ordered a lower tribunal to open a civil prosecution Wednesday against former President Mauricio Funes for possible illicit enrichment.
- Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions Updated: Feb-10-16 6:37 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law.
- Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over gay marriage Updated: Feb-10-16 6:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.
- Colorado Editorial Roundup Updated: Feb-10-16 6:19 pm
The Durango Herald, Feb. 3, on end-of-life choices for the terminally ill:
- House Committee hears testimony on Pastor Protection Act Updated: Feb-10-16 6:09 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio House committee has heard from some of those who favor of a bill that would allow churches in Ohio to deny performing same-sex marriages.
- Man waves gun behind TV reporter during live broadcast Updated: Feb-10-16 6:01 pm
NEW YORK - Police say they're investigating after a man appeared to wave a handgun behind a television news reporter during a live broadcast in New York City.
- More waiting on congressional maps with Roberts' request Updated: Feb-10-16 5:45 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina voters and legislators will be kept guessing for at least several more days on whether the state's current congressional districts can be used in the March 15 primary or have to be redrawn before votes are cast.
- Latest: Government files civil rights suit against Ferguson Updated: Feb-10-16 5:24 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - The latest on efforts by Ferguson to reach a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve police and court practices in the St. Louis suburb (all times local):
- Man convicted of robbery as juvenile gets sentence rehearing Updated: Feb-10-16 5:24 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A man serving up to 30 years in prison for robbing a Coralville western wear store at knifepoint in 2009 won an appeal of his sentence Wednesday convincing the Iowa Court of Appeals to order a sentence rehearing.
- Kentucky legislators consider creating 2 marriage licenses Updated: Feb-10-16 5:01 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky lawmakers want to create two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples, in a move critics say harks back to the "separate but equal" days of the civil rights movement.
- Clothing salesman convicted of killing New York shopkeepers Updated: Feb-10-16 4:19 pm
NEW YORK - A clothing salesman on trial for the serial slayings of three New York City shopkeepers has been convicted of murder.
- Senate panel plans changes to limits in police video bill Updated: Feb-10-16 4:16 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana Senate committee is considering an overhaul of a bill that would give Indiana police departments broad authority to withhold body camera video amid opposition from open-government advocates.
- Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty Updated: Feb-10-16 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.
- Vermont governor hits stay on Clean Power Plan Updated: Feb-10-16 3:03 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stay President Barack Obama's "clean power plan." Shumlin also is stepping up his calls for the state pension funds to divest themselves of coal company stocks.
- The Latest: California seeks control of prison health care Updated: Feb-10-16 2:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The Latest on The Associated Press interview with new Corrections Secretary Scott Kernan (all times local):