- The Latest: Kentucky clerk invokes 'God's authority' Updated: Sep-01-15 9:13 am
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The latest on a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses (all times local):
- Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses Updated: Sep-01-15 8:56 am
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and "God's authority" - this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.
- The Latest: Supreme Court weighs appeals of death row inmate Updated: Sep-01-15 8:55 am
ST. LOUIS - The latest on the scheduled execution of Missouri inmate Roderick Nunley, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Kansas City in 1989 (all times local):
- Nebraska AP high school football rankings Updated: Sep-01-15 7:33 am
Here are the Associated Press Nebraska high school football rankings in Classes A through D2. Listings include name of school, season record, previous week's result and this week's opponent. The rankings are based on a formula that includes ratings from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star plus experts for each class. Class A: Dale Miller, Grand Island Independent. Class B: Jeff Fielder, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. Class C1: Tom Behmer, Norfolk Daily News. Class C2: Brent Wasinius, Fremont Tribune. Class D1: Andrew Bottrell, North Platte Telegraph. Class D2: Nick Blasnitz, Hastings Tribune.
- State's appeal of gay marriage ruling dismissed Updated: Sep-01-15 5:07 am
HELENA, Montana - A federal appeals court has formally dismissed Montana's gay marriage case now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to wed.
- North Carolina justices ponder 2011 redistricting again Updated: Aug-31-15 6:31 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - As North Carolina's highest court considers for a second time whether the state's legislative and congressional boundaries were lawfully drawn on the basis of race, the justices also must consider seemingly competing rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court.
- US Supreme Court: Ex-Virginia gov to remain free for now Updated: Aug-31-15 5:35 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will not have to go to prison while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review his public corruption convictions, the justices ruled Monday.
- Inmate says medical condition would worsen pain of execution Updated: Aug-31-15 12:22 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A Mississippi death row inmate is arguing to the state Supreme Court that his medical condition would create a risk of unnecessary pain and torture if he is executed.
- New ND law bolsters student journalists' free speech rights Updated: Aug-30-15 12:01 pm
Journalism students returning to North Dakota public schools this fall will be able to do their jobs at high school and college newspapers with stronger free-speech protections thanks to a new state law that observers are hoping will also spur changes nationwide.
- Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest Updated: Aug-29-15 1:07 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
- Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest Updated: Aug-29-15 12:47 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The Rowan County clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage and religious conscience closed her office on Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
- Keep off: Judges rule Supreme Court can ban plaza protests Updated: Aug-28-15 2:07 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, the setting for landmark rulings in favor of free speech, can keep protesters off its marble plaza without violating their constitutional rights, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
- US Supreme Court denies hearing to Oklahoma death row inmate Updated: Aug-28-15 12:17 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request for a new hearing for an Oklahoma death row inmate scheduled to die next month.
- Oklahoma high court says Ten Commandments must be removed Updated: Aug-27-15 8:52 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court Thursday ordered a County judge to implement a ruling that said a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds is unconstitutional and must be removed.
- Feds take case of 'dark' humor preschool threat on Facebook Updated: Aug-26-15 3:19 pm
PITTSBURGH - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man faces federal charges over a Facebook post threatening to kill preschool children even after telling investigators he merely has a dark sense of humor and didn't plan to carry out the threat.
- Gay, straight couples say 'I do' to Justice Kennedy's words Updated: Aug-25-15 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Emily Smith and Jillian Levine had already chosen a venue, booked a band and written the first draft of the ceremony for their wedding when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples nationwide have a right to marry. Within minutes of the June 26 ruling, Levine texted her fiancÃ©e a rainbow emoji and a question about their ceremony.
- Taxpayers facing $2.3 million tab in same-sex marriage case Updated: Aug-25-15 11:13 am
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Attorneys who successfully challenged Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage have submitted a bill for more than $2 million in legal fees, court costs and related expenses. The state of Kentucky, as the losing party in the case, gets stuck with the tab under federal civil-rights law.
- Idaho man sentenced for sex trafficking in North Dakota Updated: Aug-25-15 8:10 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - An Idaho man who once won a battle against the federal government in the U.S. Supreme Court is now going to federal prison for sex trafficking in North Dakota.
- Judge makes no ruling in suit over political mailers Updated: Aug-22-15 4:52 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge is examining a request to keep hidden the origin of a political mailer that depicted the Madison mayor manipulating Madison County supervisor candidates with puppet strings.
- Court denies Catholic groups' contraceptive mandate request Updated: Aug-21-15 8:13 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A federal appeals court on Friday reaffirmed its prior judgment that the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- Birth control ruling on hold while nuns await Supreme Court Updated: Aug-21-15 1:58 pm
DENVER - A group of Colorado nuns won't have to comply with a federal ruling about birth control until they hear whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear their case.
- Comcast reveals subscriber in online comments case Updated: Aug-20-15 9:10 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Comcast Cable Communications has given a local politician in northern Illinois the identity of an Internet service subscriber whose account was used to post an anonymous comment online suggesting the politician molests children.
- Donald O'Brien, US judge known for inmate cases, dies at 91 Updated: Aug-20-15 3:58 pm
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A longtime federal judge in Iowa known for rulings that improved jail and prison conditions has died at age 91.
- The Latest: Ex-Virginia governor petitions Supreme Court Updated: Aug-20-15 3:10 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The latest on the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who's been convicted on corruption charges but is appealing (all times local):
- El Paso abortion clinic will be first to reopen in Texas Updated: Aug-19-15 7:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - An El Paso clinic shuttered by Texas' tough abortion laws is set to become the first to reopen since the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked enforcement of key restrictions nearly two months ago.