- Feds urge US Supreme Court to reject Maine Medicaid case Updated: May-06-15 6:07 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The federal government is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Republican Gov. Paul LePage's request to decide whether Maine can eliminate Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income young adults.
- Abbott gets behind fast-moving religious objections bill Updated: May-06-15 1:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is publicly getting behind a religious objections bill that is moving fast after the U.S. Supreme Court heard historic arguments over gay marriage.
- Missouri lawmakers disagree on murder sentences for minors Updated: May-04-15 10:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers disagree over how long minors convicted of first-degree murder should have to spend in prison, with a House panel on Monday advancing a proposal that would end the state's mandatory life without parole sentences by offering an alternative sentence of 25 to 40 years.
- Killer who got mandatory life term at 14 resentenced to life Updated: May-04-15 10:02 pm
CHICAGO - An Illinois judge on Monday resentenced a convicted killer to the same life term without the possibility of parole that he received at age 14, saying he had grown from a boy who took part in a double murder into a dangerous and violent adult.
- Supreme Court will hear appeal over energy regulation Updated: May-04-15 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a regulation that offers financial incentives to factories, retailers and other large electricity users to reduce their power consumption.
- Supreme Court rejects inmate's appeal for sex-change surgery Updated: May-04-15 4:05 pm
BOSTON - A nearly two-decade legal fight by a convicted murderer in Massachusetts to get taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery ended in failure Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her final appeal.
- High court: Debtors must wait to appeal payment plan denial Updated: May-04-15 11:00 am
WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court says debtors in bankruptcy cannot immediately appeal a court's order rejecting a plan to repay creditors.
- High court won't hear NY appeal over Miranda warnings Updated: May-04-15 10:03 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court won't hear a dispute over statements that law enforcement officials in Queens, New York, made before telling suspects about their Miranda rights against self-incrimination.
- Court rejects challenge to NJ ban on gay conversion therapy Updated: May-04-15 9:50 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for patients under 18 years old.
- Wolf opens door to running insurance marketplace Updated: May-01-15 4:40 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf's administration advanced plans Friday to maintain federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 400,000 Pennsylvanians ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could wipe out the aid to insurance buyers in some states.
- Kansas court puts capital case from sheriff's death on hold Updated: May-01-15 11:49 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas' highest court has halted its review of the capital murder case stemming from a sheriff's death because the U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing other death penalty cases from the state.
- Texas religious objection bill follows Supreme Court hearing Updated: Apr-30-15 6:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage.
- 9th Circuit gives feds time to take Bonds to Supreme Court Updated: Apr-30-15 6:15 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has granted a motion from prosecutors that gives them until at least July 22 to decide whether to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.
- GOP divided as Supreme Court ruling on health care law nears Updated: Apr-30-15 11:52 am
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ron Johnson was elected to Congress in 2010 as an adamant foe of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Yet facing a Supreme Court decision that could disrupt how that law functions, the Wisconsin Republican is among many in the GOP who want Congress to react with caution.
- 8th Circuit Court of Appeals defers gay marriage cases Updated: Apr-29-15 7:56 pm
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has deferred arguments and a decision on four same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.
- AP-GfK Poll: Nuanced views on gay rights, religious liberty Updated: Apr-29-15 5:18 pm
WASHINGTON - Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over gay rights when the two come into conflict, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds, though fewer think most businesses should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of religious beliefs.
- Supreme Court debates challenge to execution drug Updated: Apr-29-15 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions.
- Justices uphold limits on judges' appeals for campaign cash Updated: Apr-29-15 2:30 pm
WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can ban judicial candidates from personally asking for campaign contributions, in a decision aimed at protecting the impartiality of elected judges.
- Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard Updated: Apr-29-15 12:37 pm
BALTIMORE - When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers made a split-second decision to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets.
- Court: Judges can review EEOC efforts to settle job bias Updated: Apr-29-15 10:53 am
WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that federal judges have authority to make sure the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying hard enough to settle charges of job discrimination before filing lawsuits against employers.
- Justice Kennedy sent clearer signal in 2013 marriage case Updated: Apr-29-15 3:51 am
WASHINGTON - Two years ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy left little doubt during Supreme Court arguments that a part of the federal anti-gay marriage law was doomed.
- How the AP-GfK poll on same-sex marriage was conducted Updated: Apr-29-15 3:50 am
The Associated Press-GfK poll on same-sex marriage was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications April 23-27. It is based on online interviews of 1,077 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.
- Texas inmate facing execution wins reprieve from state judge Updated: Apr-28-15 10:28 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas judge on Tuesday halted the execution of an inmate convicted of stabbing a corrections officer to death more than 15 years ago.
- High court protester has history of disrupting public events Updated: Apr-28-15 6:05 pm
WASHINGTON - The protester who interrupted the Supreme Court's historic argument over gay marriage is an anti-abortion activist with a history of disrupting public events.
- Festival-like atmosphere outside Supreme Court Updated: Apr-28-15 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court looked like a festival Tuesday, with costumes, colorful flags, towering signs and people taking selfies under the spring sunshine as advocates and protesters of same-sex marriage thronged the area in front of the high court's steps.