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Stories with subject: National courts
  • City asking for mental health records of fired city attorney 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 2:30 am

    MINOT, North Dakota - The city of Minot is asking a federal judge to require a fired city employee to turn over mental health records since 1994 as part of an ongoing legal battle.

  • Alaska troopers: No plans to intervene in village dispute 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 12:58 am

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers said they don't know who the rightful tribal leaders are in a western Alaska village involved in a power struggle, and they've taken no action weeks after a federal judge said the agency could use force to evict former leaders.

  • The Latest: Clinton makes pitch to young NH voters story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:20 pm

    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail with days to go until the New Hampshire primary (all times local):

  • Judges strike down 2 North Carolina congressional districts 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:51 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.

  • Federal judge issues temporary freeze on new election law 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:35 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - A federal court judge put a temporary freeze Friday on a new Michigan election law that critics say amounts to a "gag order," and urged lawmakers to clarify the issue quickly.

  • The Latest: State lawmakers to appeal ruling on districts 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 8:29 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on a panel of federal judges striking two congressional districts in North Carolina (all times local):

  • Judge who presided over Martha Stewart's NY trial dies at 86 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 7:40 pm

    NEW YORK - A federal judge who presided over Martha Stewart's criminal trial in New York has died. Miriam Cedarbaum was 86.

  • Lawyer: New York-born man was mistreated after terror arrest 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 7:16 pm

    NEW YORK - The lawyer for a New York City-born man serving a 15-year prison sentence for supporting al-Qaida urged a judge Friday to find the U.S. government liable for failing to quickly diagnose a medical condition after his 2010 arrest, but a federal prosecutor said he was treated properly.

  • Calif. attorney joins effort to recover Nazi-looted painting 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 7:07 pm

    LOS ANGELES - California's attorney general is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling allowing a priceless 19th century painting to remain in a Spanish museum rather than going to the heirs of a Jewish woman forced to hand it over to the Nazis during the Holocaust.

  • Arkansas asks for oral arguments on execution challenge 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 6:06 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Attorneys for the Arkansas attorney general's office has asked the state Supreme Court to hold oral arguments in the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling not to dismiss a constitutional challenge to an execution secrecy law.

  • Sexting charges against coach puts school under scrutiny 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:45 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - An exclusive private school in Indianapolis is under scrutiny over how it handled the allegations that a coach who led the high school boys basketball team to back-to-back state titles sent sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old female student. Court documents say Park Tudor School officials notified the state child welfare agency the same day the coach quit, but also allowed him to temporarily keep a school computer.

  • Judge: Discovery done in protracted Libertarian suit in Ohio 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:36 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge has declared the evidence-gathering phase closed in the Libertarian Party of Ohio's protracted lawsuit over disqualification of two of its statewide candidates in 2014.

  • Can Cruz legally be president? Ivy League scholars debate 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:12 pm

    BOSTON - Two legal scholars squared off in a public debate on Friday to settle whether Republican Ted Cruz is eligible to become president. Spoiler alert: They didn't settle it.

  • Bridge case defendants can subpoena Christie office docs story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:35 pm

    NEWARK, New Jersey - The two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case will get a second chance to force the release of documents from the law firm whose taxpayer-funded 2014 report absolved Christie of blame.

  • Judge denies bid to halt Yellowstone bison slaughter 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:56 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - A federal judge has denied a request to halt the planned capture and slaughter of bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park.

  • Judge's order strikes down Nebraska ban on gay marriage 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 2:58 pm

    OMAHA, Nebraska - A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction striking down Nebraska's now-negated constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.

  • Judge rules against opponents of Confederate statue removal 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 2:39 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - A state judge ruled Friday against an effort by preservationists to stop the removal of prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

  • Kenya: Supreme court judge to be investigated over bribery 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 1:38 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - The head of Kenya's Judiciary Friday said that an internal probe has found that a Supreme Court judge should be investigated further over allegations that he received a $2 million bribe to influence an election petition.

  • Court orders reconsideration of Maryland gun law ruling 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:54 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Gun-rights supporters who challenged Maryland's assault weapon's ban will get another chance to argue that it should be overturned.

  • Police officials quarrel over effort to raise bar on force 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:19 pm

    WASHINGTON - A police group's proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what's minimally required by law in violent encounters has spurred anger and pushback from leading national groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers.

  • Furniture giant IKEA loses its trademark in Indonesia story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:12 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Wait! IKEA of Indonesia? Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide.

  • Chronicle of Julian Assange's battle against extradition 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:58 am

    LONDON - Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been fighting to avoid extradition to Sweden, which wants to question him about allegations of rape. He has spent more than three years inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid being sent to Sweden and possibly forced to go to the United States to face charges there. A United Nations panel said Friday that he has been unlawfully detained by Swedish and British authorities. Here are key events in the Assange saga:

  • Spain challenges creation of Catalonia's foreign ministry 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:56 am

    MADRID - Spain's caretaker government said Friday it will mount a legal challenge to halt the creation of a foreign affairs ministry by the separatist-dominated regional government of Catalonia.

  • New trial date for ex-Boal Mansion CEO on child-sex charges 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:25 am

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - A federal judge has set a new trial day for the former CEO of a Centre County museum awaiting trial on child-sex charges.

  • Texas pilot pleads guilty to drug conspiracy 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 7:36 am

    NEW ORLEANS - A Texas pilot has pleaded guilty to transporting almost $500,000 worth of cocaine on a plane that authorities intercepted when it stopped to refuel at a Louisiana airport in September.