- Defense appealing double-prosecution ruling in deputy death Updated: May-04-15 8:37 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Lawyers for a Utah man accused in the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy said Monday that federal charges filed against him after he was acquitted in a state trial are double jeopardy, and they're appealing a judge's refusal to toss the case.
- Accused Texas gunman well-known to FBI before attack Updated: May-04-15 8:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson - one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
- Wisconsin DOJ moves to dismiss justice's lawsuit Updated: May-04-15 7:53 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Department of Justice is asking a federal judge to toss out Shirley Abrahamson's lawsuit demanding that she be allowed to retain her title as Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice.
- Lawyer wants Ohio terror plot suspect to review tapes alone Updated: May-04-15 7:53 pm
CINCINNATI - The attorney for a man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol building asked a federal judge Monday to allow the defendant to privately review video and audio files in the case against him.
- Senate passes tax cuts, sets stage for talks with House Updated: May-04-15 7:13 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Senate on Monday passed a tax cut plan that is a fraction of the size of the relief bill that earlier cleared the House, setting the stage for difficult negotiations over a compromise that are expected to go right up to the mandatory May 18 adjournment.
- Correction: Property Tax Vote story Updated: May-04-15 6:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - In a May 3 story about Pulaski County Special School District taxes, The Associated Press reported an erroneous amount for a proposed increase. Voters are being asked to increase their millage rate by 5.6 mills, not a total increase of $5.6 million.
- 5th Circuit: 3 Mexican states cannot sue BP over 2010 spill Updated: May-04-15 6:38 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit against BP and other companies by three Mexican states over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- Texas, Kansas to back Florida lawsuit against administration Updated: May-04-15 6:17 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Governors in Kansas and Texas said Monday they'll support Florida Gov. Rick Scott's fight against the Obama administration to free billions of federal hospital dollars even if the states don't expand Medicaid.
- Killer who got mandatory life term at 14 resentenced to life Updated: May-04-15 5:28 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.
- 5th Circuit: 3 Mexican states cannot sue over 2010 spill Updated: May-04-15 4:06 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that three Mexican states cannot sue BP and other companies over damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- 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.
- Judge: Rowan leaders must stop Christian prayers at meetings Updated: May-04-15 3:50 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - A federal judge ruled Monday that Rowan County commissioners must stop opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to Christianity.
- Owner of energy lease near Glacier urges judge to act Updated: May-04-15 2:43 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - A Louisiana company is asking a judge to resolve its lawsuit challenging the government's suspension of an oil and gas lease near Montana's Glacier National Park so the company can begin drilling this summer.
- 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.
- Judge: law requires Florida prisons to serve kosher meals Updated: May-04-15 2:46 am
MIAMI - A federal judge has ruled that the law requires Florida prisons to serve kosher meals to inmates who request them for religious reasons.
- Analysis: Kansas may revisit governor's favored tax break Updated: May-03-15 4:16 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Top Republican legislators in Kansas appear increasingly ready to reconsider a business tax break that's been a cherished economic policy for GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, possibly making it more difficult to close a projected budget shortfall.
- Missouri building repair plan advances as deadline nears Updated: May-03-15 1:04 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Plans to use bonds to pay for repairs to the Missouri Capitol, public universities and other state-owned buildings are moving forward in the House, but possible cuts to park spending threaten to derail the proposals as lawmakers near their budgetary deadline.
- 17 South Dakotans chosen for panel to study elder abuse Updated: May-03-15 11:47 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - Seventeen people have been appointed to a committee that will study financial, physical and emotional abuse of elderly South Dakotans.
- Florida judge refuses to dismiss terror case against Kenyan Updated: May-03-15 2:14 am
MIAMI - A Florida federal judge has refused to dismiss terrorism support charges against a Kenyan man.
- Federal judge bars Allegiant Air pilots from going on strike Updated: May-02-15 4:49 pm
LAS VEGAS - A federal judge in Las Vegas has issued an order barring Allegiant Air pilots from going on strike while mediation is under way in their labor dispute.
- Judge allows woman's suit over jail miscarriage to proceed Updated: May-02-15 1:26 pm
HAMMOND, Indiana - A federal judge has ruled that a northern Indiana woman can proceed with her lawsuit alleging negligence in a miscarriage she suffered while in custody.
- 26 accusers in workers' class-action suit v. Bully's taverns Updated: May-02-15 1:22 pm
RENO, Nevada - A federal judge has granted class-action status for a lawsuit that more than two dozen cooks and kitchen workers want to join accusing northern Nevada's largest chain of sports taverns of misclassifying them as salaried executives to skirt U.S. labor laws requiring overtime pay.