- WHO says too few countries taxing tobacco products enough Updated: Jul-07-15 6:31 am
MANILA, Philippines - Taxing cigarettes up to 75 percent of their retail price is among the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use, but too few governments levy high enough taxes, according to a World Health Organization global report released Tuesday.
- Hattiesburg considers improvements to old federal building Updated: Jul-07-15 5:52 am
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - Hattiesburg officials say it may cost as much as $500,000 to upgrade the old federal courthouse before it could serve as the temporary home of the city's Municipal Court.
- ACLU goes to federal court to enforce state payments Updated: Jul-07-15 4:49 am
CHICAGO - An advocate for children in the Illinois child-protection system will ask a federal judge Tuesday to order the state to continue funding its services despite the budget deadlock in the state capital.
- @POTUS unscripted: Obama shows a looser side on Twitter Updated: Jul-07-15 3:34 am
WASHINGTON - Forget the primetime interviews or the formal, choreographed news conferences. President Barack Obama is taking to Twitter to muse about sports, pop culture, even Supreme Court rulings - at all hours of the day.
- Trial begins challenging Va. House of Delegates boundaries Updated: Jul-07-15 2:19 am
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - A panel of federal judges will hear arguments about whether the Virginia House of Delegates illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts.
- Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could help women's suit Updated: Jul-07-15 1:26 am
PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women's lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents.
- The Latest: Oregon Legislature adjourns 2015 session Updated: Jul-06-15 9:07 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Legislature is pressing to adjourn, perhaps as soon as Monday. Here's a look at the latest developments:
- Court overturns ex-Goldman Sachs programmer's conviction Updated: Jul-06-15 7:37 pm
NEW YORK - A New York state judge on Monday overturned the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs programmer for stealing confidential computer code - three years after a federal appeals court overturned his conviction on similar charges.
- Peabody Energy still chafes at strip-mining protest song Updated: Jul-06-15 6:55 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - More than 40 years after it was first recorded, a strip-mining protest song still rankles one of the nation's largest coal mining companies.
- Immigrant blames judicial error for previous deportation Updated: Jul-06-15 6:45 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - An immigrant who took refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation should be allowed to stay in the U.S. because of a judicial error at a hearing more than a decade ago, his attorney said Monday.
- More Alabama counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses Updated: Jul-06-15 6:37 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Additional Alabama counties on Monday said they were now willing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as some opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide fades away.
- Gay couple granted Texas marriage license after lawsuit Updated: Jul-06-15 5:58 pm
DALLAS - A gay couple was granted a marriage license Monday shortly after filing a federal lawsuit against a county clerk in Texas who cited religious opposition when denying them a license last week.
- US judge on hog grower's lawsuits: Dump talk of Chinese ties Updated: Jul-06-15 5:17 pm
ROSE HILL, North Carolina - Lawyers must edit out references to the Chinese government, the Communist Party and the country's People's Liberation Army from a lawsuit complaining that North Carolina neighbors of industrial hog farms have endured terrible smells for decades, a federal judge ruled.
- Man convicted of aiding Islamic State found with box cutter Updated: Jul-06-15 5:01 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man living at a halfway house while awaiting sentencing on a terror charge was returned to custody in April after a box cutter was found under his bed, according to a court document filed Monday.
- Man charged with threatening Obama's life in online post Updated: Jul-06-15 4:32 pm
BOSTON - A man has been charged with posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill President Barack Obama.
- Connecticut agency tracks down $85.8M in uncollected taxes Updated: Jul-06-15 3:58 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut's Department of Revenue Services announced Monday it unearthed about $85.8 million in uncollected tax revenue after ramping up efforts to resolve audit disputes with larger companies and making more personal visits to delinquent businesses.
- Ex-Illinois US Rep. Reynolds doesn't show for arraignment Updated: Jul-06-15 3:14 pm
CHICAGO - Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds failed to appear for his arraignment on federal tax charges Monday, and his lawyer told reporters that the Illinois Democrat couldn't return from an overseas trip in time because of a daughter's health problems.
- US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay Updated: Jul-06-15 2:52 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab.
- Judge dismisses lawsuit from man convicted of 9/11 role Updated: Jul-06-15 2:14 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge in Oklahoma City dismissed a lawsuit from a man imprisoned for a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
- Editorials from around Ohio Updated: Jul-06-15 10:01 am
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
- 2016 9th Circuit conference to be held at Big Sky Updated: Jul-06-15 9:20 am
BILLINGS, Montana - Next year's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference will be held at Big Sky.
- NC's spigot for Golden LEAF could turn back on again Updated: Jul-05-15 9:34 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Republicans at the General Assembly who once soured upon a foundation that used to get half of North Carolina's national tobacco settlement money may be coming around to embrace it, or at least accept it.
- 2 Miss men sentenced in death of Louisiana black bear Updated: Jul-05-15 8:13 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A Mississippi taxidermist must pay $4,300 for hiding the skin of a threatened Louisiana black bear from investigators, and a man who helped take the bear to him must pay an equal amount.
- Seattle's Duwamish Tribe denied federal recognition Updated: Jul-05-15 7:28 pm
SEATTLE - The federal government has again rejected a Seattle tribe's petition for federal recognition as an Indian tribe.
- Idaho's gay marriage ban remains in state constitution Updated: Jul-05-15 5:35 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.