- Utah man sentenced in Arizona on guilty plea to sexual abuse Updated: Jul-28-15 12:02 pm
PHOENIX - A Utah man has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Arizona in a sexual abuse case dating back more than a decade.
- Wisconsin asks US Supreme Court to take Ho Chunk casino case Updated: Jul-28-15 10:56 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal of a federal court ruling that allows the Ho-Chunk Nation to offer video poker at its Madison casino.
- Federal judge throws out death sentence in double murder Updated: Jul-28-15 10:52 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A federal judge has overturned Todd Wessinger's death sentence in the shooting deaths two decades ago of restaurant co-workers Stephanie Guzzardo and David Breakwell.
- Greece advances in loan talks, under fire for euro exit plan Updated: Jul-28-15 9:43 am
ATHENS, Greece - Greece pushed ahead with talks on a new rescue loan Tuesday, but its government came under increasing pressure over claims it had a top-secret plan to prepare for a euro exit that involved accessing citizens' personal tax data.
- Judge to rule on Ala prisoner's abortion request Updated: Jul-28-15 8:31 am
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A federal judge says he will rule by Friday on a female prisoner's request for an abortion.
- Court approves changes to Seattle police use of force Updated: Jul-27-15 8:44 pm
SEATTLE - A federal court has approved updates to the Seattle Police Department's use of force policies to include a new de-escalation section and more specifics on when the use of force is appropriate.
- 3 pension funds sue New Jersey for billions in damages Updated: Jul-27-15 8:01 pm
Three public workers' pension funds are suing New Jersey for billions in damages, claiming the state government breached contracts when it contributed less than planned.
- Federal appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban Updated: Jul-27-15 7:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.
- High court may get first independent candidate since 1990s Updated: Jul-27-15 6:19 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A Philadelphia judge could become the first independent or minor-party candidate more than two decades to make the ballot for Pennsylvania's highest court.
- US appeals court rejects apartheid cases against Ford, IBM Updated: Jul-27-15 6:05 pm
NEW YORK - Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. in New York because they cannot show that the companies' alleged offending behavior occurred in the United States, a federal appeals court said Monday.
- Suit accusing Detroit-area chief of sex assault dismissed Updated: Jul-27-15 5:41 pm
PLEASANT RIDGE, Michigan - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a woman who says a suburban Detroit police chief sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager decades ago.
- Judge: Immigrant kids should be freed from family detention Updated: Jul-27-15 5:29 pm
LOS ANGELES - A federal judge has ruled that immigrant children arriving on the U.S. border with their mothers should not be detained in secure detention facilities. But experts say it isn't entirely clear when they might get out.
- Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill Updated: Jul-27-15 4:07 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.
- Correction: Immigration-Family Detention story Updated: Jul-27-15 3:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - In a story July 24 about the detention of immigrant children, The Associated Press reported erroneously which federal government agency was found to be in violation of a previous settlement involving the detention of immigrant children. The agency was the Department of Homeland Security, not the Department of Justice. The story also reported erroneously how long the judge gave the government to respond regarding the possibility of an injunction. It was one week, not 90 days.
- Man gets prison, must pay $1.8M for tax fraud in Houston Updated: Jul-27-15 3:28 pm
HOUSTON - A Houston businessman who for more than five years skipped paying employment taxes is going to prison and must repay more than $1.8 million
- Lawyers for 'Whitey' Bulger ask court to overturn conviction Updated: Jul-27-15 12:46 pm
BOSTON - Lawyers for convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he received immunity for his crimes.
- Romania: Parliament to vote on tax cuts that president nixed Updated: Jul-27-15 10:02 am
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's center-left ruling party will recall Parliament from its summer recess to vote on a redrafted series of tax cuts after the president refused to pass the previous proposals into law.
- Judge rules on motions in Standing Rock slaying case Updated: Jul-27-15 9:11 am
FORT YATES, North Dakota - A federal judge overseeing a homicide case on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas has granted two defense requests regarding evidence but denied two others.
- Lawsuit points to hacking by Ethiopia as Obama makes visit Updated: Jul-27-15 3:34 am
WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.
- Minor parties get court win in ballot-access lawsuit Updated: Jul-24-15 7:21 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A federal judge threw out provisions in Pennsylvania law on Friday that he said make it unconstitutionally difficult for independent or minor political party candidates to get onto ballots because of the threat of costly court challenges.
- Judge defends himself after top court removes him from case Updated: Jul-24-15 6:56 pm
JACKSON, Michigan - A Jackson County judge says a decision by the Michigan Supreme Court to throw out a murder conviction will have a "chilling effect" on judges statewide.
- Finding money for highways is becoming a bipartisan project Updated: Jul-24-15 6:17 pm
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia - As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren't waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways.
- Federal judge says $50,000 sentence in hepatitis case stays Updated: Jul-24-15 5:05 pm
LAS VEGAS - A federal judge says mistake or not a clinic chief connected to the largest medical office hepatitis C outbreak in Nevada history will pay $50,000 in restitution to overbilled insurers and companies, not $2.2 million prosecutors sought.
- Federal judge wants deadlines in cleanup at Hanford Updated: Jul-24-15 3:31 pm
RICHLAND, Washington - Specific requirements and deadlines are needed to hold the U.S. Department of Energy accountable in the cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a federal judge told state and federal officials on Thursday.
- GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban Updated: Jul-24-15 9:06 am
WASHINGTON - A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation.