- Ginsburg: Having only 8 justices hamstrings Supreme Court Updated: May-26-16 2:48 pm
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says having only eight high court judges isn't good, resulting in some 4-4 splits this year that denied litigants an opinion.
- 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):
- Judge hears arguments on US women's team strike rights Updated: May-26-16 1:54 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge in Chicago has heard arguments whether the world champion U.S. women's soccer team has the right to strike for improved conditions and wages before this year's Olympics.
- New Virginia map causes GOP candidate shuffle Updated: May-26-16 1:45 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A new court-ordered congressional map in Virginia is causing a candidate shuffle.
- Man convicted of killing lawmaker's 2 sisters gets life term Updated: May-26-16 1:45 pm
PITTSBURGH - A judge has imposed a life sentence on a Pittsburgh man convicted of killing two of his next-door neighbors, the sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker.
- Congo police fire tear gas at opposition demonstrators Updated: May-26-16 1:24 pm
KINSHASA, Congo - Police in Congo's capital have fired tear gas to break up an opposition march, while one person died and dozens were injured in chaos surrounding similar marches around the country.
- Regional group not allowed into SC nuke fuel lawsuit Updated: May-26-16 1:22 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A federal judge has ruled that a regional economic development group can't be part of South Carolina's lawsuit against the U.S. Energy Department over an incomplete nuclear fuel project.
- Former county attorney says judge can't dismiss rape case Updated: May-26-16 1:21 pm
MISSOULA, Montana - A state judge has no authority to grant a motion to dismiss a 2002 rape case, the former Missoula County attorney said when given a change to respond to the motion.
- Connecticut Supreme Court upholds death penalty abolishment Updated: May-26-16 1:11 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday upheld its landmark ruling declaring the state's death penalty unconstitutional and abolishing capital punishment.
- Kane's lawyers refile motion to quash charges Updated: May-26-16 1:11 pm
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania - Lawyers for Attorney General Kathleen Kane have refiled a motion to throw out her criminal charges after an earlier motion was thrown out on a technicality.
- Judge: Closed meetings in Columbus broke Open Meetings Act Updated: May-26-16 1:03 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A judge says the city of Columbus can't hold split meetings of its city council to avoid open meetings requirements.
- Feds call off N. Idaho salvage logging project after lawsuit Updated: May-26-16 12:35 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.
- Correction: 20-Week Abortion Ban-Georgia story Updated: May-26-16 11:56 am
ATLANTA - In a story May 25 about a Georgia abortion law, The Associated Press reported erroneously which judge entered an order that blocked the law from taking effect. It was entered by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs, not Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, who later took over the case.
- Key suspect in Reno pill mill probe in hospital Updated: May-26-16 11:49 am
RENO, Nevada - A federal judge in Reno has set an emergency hearing Friday to determine whether one of the key suspects in an alleged prescription drug-trafficking ring should be released from jail because of his medical condition.
- Florida Supreme Court says web-based florist must pay taxes Updated: May-26-16 11:46 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state can impose a sales tax on a web-based florist for flowers sold to out-of-state customers and delivered outside of Florida.
- Ex-US magistrate hired to prosecute Alabama chief justice Updated: May-26-16 11:35 am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A former federal magistrate and law school dean will prosecute suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on judicial ethics charges linked to his opposition to same-sex marriage, a state official said Thursday.
- Appeals court rules service dog can comfort witness in trial Updated: May-26-16 11:02 am
MEMPHIS, Tennessee - A state court has rejected the claim of a convicted rapist who filed an appeal arguing a trial court was wrong for allowing a service dog to be present while his victim testified.
- Judge plans trial over legality of Iowa sex offender program Updated: May-26-16 10:14 am
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A federal judge is planning a trial to determine whether Iowa's sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional.
- Judge says voting rules won't change for August election Updated: May-26-16 9:31 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - A federal judge hearing challenges to Wisconsin's voter identification law says the rules for the August primary election will be the same as they were for the April presidential primary.
- 2 Pennsylvania men set to plead in heroin overdose deaths Updated: May-26-16 8:13 am
PITTSBURGH - Two western Pennsylvania men are set to plead guilty to supplying fentanyl-laced heroin that resulted in at least two overdose deaths last year.
- Second man pleads guilty to stealing guns from dealers Updated: May-26-16 7:58 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A second man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges in the theft of 76 guns from two Baton Rouge gun stores last summer.
- Ex=Pennsylvania prep star Herb Pope facing bank robbery case Updated: May-26-16 7:53 am
PITTSBURGH - A former western Pennsylvania high school basketball star whose legal troubles likely kept him from the NBA will appear before a federal judge in Pittsburgh today on charges he robbed two banks earlier this year.
- Court updates Michigan rules to curb pay-or-stay sentences Updated: May-26-16 7:10 am
DETROIT - The Michigan Supreme Court has announced amendments to state rules aimed at keeping people from jail time because they can't pay court fines or fees.