- Sam Hunt: Playing Super Bowl blends love for music, sports Updated: Feb-07-16 8:16 pm
SANTA CLARA, California - As a kid, Sam Hunt dreamt of playing in the Super Bowl. And he was on the right path as a quarterback for both Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Courthouse in Oklahoma City to be named after late judge Updated: Feb-06-16 1:19 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The federal courthouse in Oklahoma City is to be dedicated next week to honor the longest sitting judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Oklahoma.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: Feb-06-16 1:17 pm
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- Washington Senate votes to oust transportation secretary Updated: Feb-06-16 1:20 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Senate on Friday rejected the gubernatorial appointment of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, ousting her from the job she has held since shortly after Gov. Jay Inslee took office in 2013.
- In Obama's final year, Senate is slow to act on his nominees Updated: Feb-05-16 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON - If you wear combat fatigues to work, then your nomination is almost sure to sail through the Senate. If not, you're likely in for a long wait.
- Justice Francis Spina of Massachusetts high court to retire Updated: Feb-05-16 12:41 pm
BOSTON - For the second time in a week, a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice has announced his retirement.
- For 1st time since Civil War Chief Justice will keep post Updated: Feb-05-16 9:48 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - For the first time since the end of the Civil War, the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court will serve consecutive terms.
- Kansas House rejects change in selecting high court justices Updated: Feb-04-16 11:00 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House rejected a proposal Thursday that would give the governor and legislators more control over appointments to the state Supreme Court.
- Roberts: Partisan confirmation fights hurt court's image Updated: Feb-04-16 7:05 pm
WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts says he is concerned that partisan political battles over Supreme Court nominations have led to a widespread misunderstanding about the role of the court.
- Prosecutor, defense lawyer nominated to be federal judges Updated: Feb-04-16 5:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley and defense attorney Claude Kelly III to serve as federal judges in Louisiana.
- Senators grill personnel office nominee over data hack Updated: Feb-04-16 2:48 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday promised to strengthen the agency's cybersecurity and information technology systems after what's believed to be the largest data breach in U.S. history.
- Ricketts appoints eastern Nebraska judge to Supreme Court Updated: Feb-03-16 6:29 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed an eastern Nebraska judge to serve on the state Supreme Court.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Cruz disrupts Senate from campaign trail Updated: Feb-03-16 6:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is blocking President Barack Obama's nominees in the Senate - from up north, in New Hampshire.
- Justice Robert Cordy of state's high court to retire Updated: Feb-03-16 4:47 pm
BOSTON - Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity to make his first nomination to the state's highest court.
- Ex-El Diario editor nominated as New York secretary of state Updated: Feb-03-16 12:16 pm
ALBANY, New York - The former longtime editor of the Spanish-language newspaper El Diario has been tapped to be New York's secretary of state.
- US Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby stepping down from bench Updated: Feb-03-16 1:53 am
BILLINGS, Montana - Montana's first female federal judge has announced her resignation from the bench.
- Candidates vie for secretary of state post after scandal Updated: Feb-02-16 9:22 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The fall election for New Mexico secretary of state will pit Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver against Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza of Roswell in the wake of a scandal that landed the state election agency's former chief in jail.
- Court says no to ineffective counsel appeals for parents Updated: Feb-02-16 7:50 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that parents have a constitutional right to be treated fairly during court proceedings in which they face losing their children but they cannot appeal termination orders on the grounds that their appointed attorneys were ineffective.
- Bradley's footage winds up in an outside group's ad Updated: Feb-02-16 6:38 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - An outside group posted an online campaign ad Tuesday using footage prepared by state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley, raising questions about whether Bradley has broken her pledge not to coordinate with such groups even though it's legal.
- Kansas AG: Debate over courts to go on until voters step in Updated: Feb-02-16 1:56 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators aren't going to end a decade-long debate over remaking the state Supreme Court until they put a ballot question on how the justices are selected before voters, Attorney General Derek Schmidt told Republican lawmakers Tuesday.
- SC House backs picking Lt Gov for ticket after nomination Updated: Feb-02-16 1:45 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina House has passed a bill that would have candidates for governor pick their running mates after they are nominated by their party.
- Bill would restrict attorney general appointments to boards Updated: Feb-01-16 10:24 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A bill introduced in the Alaska House on Monday seeks to restrict the attorney general from serving on the governing body of a state public corporation or on state boards or commissions.
- SC prosecutor hosting presidential hopefuls for faith forum Updated: Feb-01-16 2:41 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina's top prosecutor plans to take center stage again with some of the presidential contenders when he co-moderates a forum this month, continuing the conservative Republican's effort to introduce the candidates to his state's voters.
- IS victims' advocate, pontiff among Nobel Peace Prize names Updated: Feb-01-16 12:39 pm
STAVANGER, Norway - A woman who champions the rights of Islamic State rape victims, Pope Francis and the Afghan women's cycling team are among the known candidates for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize as the nomination window was set to close Monday.
- Myanmar house begins new session dominated by Suu Kyi party Updated: Feb-01-16 9:24 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - For a generation and more, they were the persistent, often persecuted opposition. On Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party took a momentous step toward becoming Myanmar's government.