- US appeals court upholds Virginia death sentence Updated: Jun-30-15 3:20 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court has rejected a Virginia death row inmate's claim that he can't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.
- Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial Updated: Jun-30-15 2:52 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
- Judge nixes bridge lane-closing suit against Christie allies Updated: Jun-30-15 2:32 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by people who were stuck in traffic when lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed without warning in 2013.
- Franklin County judge denies request to unseal documents Updated: Jun-30-15 2:31 pm
OTTAWA, Kansas - A Franklin County District Court judge has denied a request to unseal dozens of documents in the case of a man charged with killing three adults and a child.
- Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down Updated: Jun-30-15 2:18 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.
- Obama calls string of recent victories 'gratifying' Updated: Jun-30-15 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama cast a string of legal and legislative victories last week on trade, health care and gay marriage as the "gratifying" culmination of years of work by his White House.
- Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses Updated: Jun-30-15 2:15 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds when she arrived at work Tuesday, blocking the view of several dozen rainbow-clad protesters outside her office who chanted "do your job" and carried signs that read "You Don't Own Marriage."
- Grenade-shaped perfume bottle leads to courthouse evacuation Updated: Jun-30-15 1:50 pm
CINCINNATI - A suspicious item that prompted a Cincinnati courthouse evacuation turned out to be a perfume bottle shaped like a World War II grenade.
- US court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry Updated: Jun-30-15 1:50 pm
NEW YORK - Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to raise electronic book prices when it entered a market in 2010 that had been dominated by Amazon.com, a divided federal appeals court panel said Tuesday.
- Court ruling on air standards may save Westar millions Updated: Jun-30-15 1:49 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Westar Energy said a U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on toxic emissions at power plants could save the company millions.
- Gay couples ask judge to make counties comply with ruling Updated: Jun-30-15 1:28 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A lawyer for gay couples across Alabama has asked a federal judge to force reluctant probate judges to comply with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marry.
- Appeals court rules against Scottsdale on sign walker ban Updated: Jun-30-15 1:17 pm
PHOENIX - A state appellate court has ruled that Scottsdale can't prohibit sign walkers from holding, carrying and waving advertising signs on public streets and sidewalks
- Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes Updated: Jun-30-15 1:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Groups hoping to squeeze partisan politics out of how states shape congressional districts are hailing a Supreme Court decision that lets independent commissions, not legislatures, draw those lines.
- No immediate high court action on Mississippi abortion law Updated: Jun-30-15 12:41 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's only abortion clinic will likely remain open at least until the fall, because the U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action until then on a dispute over a state law that could close it.
- Supreme Court declines review of Fargo drug dog case appeal Updated: Jun-30-15 12:29 pm
FARGO, North Dakota - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of a Fargo man who was arrested when police took a drug-sniffing dog into his apartment complex without a warrant.
- NC justices scrutinize makeup of coal ash, other committees Updated: Jun-30-15 11:54 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Attorneys for North Carolina governors and legislative leaders have offered the North Carolina Supreme Court very different interpretations on the legislature's limits in making appointments.
- Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants Updated: Jun-30-15 11:49 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.
- Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds wind turbine rules Updated: Jun-30-15 11:41 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's wind turbine construction rules Tuesday, saying they're valid even though regulators didn't develop a report on how the regulations would affect the housing industry.
- Ohio lawmakers won't adjust redistricting ballot issue Updated: Jun-30-15 9:43 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's Senate president says a fall ballot issue proposing changes to Ohio's system for drawing legislative districts won't be revisited to include congressional lines as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
- Federal court denied appeal in enticement case Updated: Jun-30-15 8:19 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal appeals court has upheld the 10-year sentence given a north Mississippi man on charges related to an underage sex enticement sting operated out of Tupelo.
- After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows Updated: Jun-30-15 7:59 am
WASHINGTON - Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.
- Jordan appeal denied by US Supreme Court Updated: Jun-30-15 7:42 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Mississippi death row inmate.
- Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air Updated: Jun-30-15 6:34 am
BILLINGS, Montana - Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.
- AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am
Crunch time in Greece as bailout due to expire, IMF loan due with no deal in sight
- Sioux Falls bishop talks gay marriage ruling at service Updated: Jun-30-15 5:34 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls says followers should not "disown God's law" following the Supreme Court's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry.