- Court orders reconsideration of Maryland gun law ruling Updated: Feb-04-16 4:58 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Maryland's assault weapons ban implicates its citizens' core Second Amendment rights and must be reviewed under a more rigorous judicial standard than the one used by a judge who upheld the law's constitutionality, a divided federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
- Alaska judge hears arguments in Medicaid expansion case Updated: Feb-04-16 4:48 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state court judge in Anchorage heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval.
- Ex-Georgia lawmaker ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution Updated: Feb-04-16 4:31 pm
ATLANTA - A federal judge on Thursday ordered a civil rights activist and former Georgia lawmaker to pay $250,000 in restitution to charitable donors he's accused of deliberately defrauding.
- Court: Lawyer whiffing at trial doesn't warrant new hearing Updated: Feb-04-16 4:27 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A death row inmate isn't entitled to a new sentencing hearing just because his trial lawyer said he may have delivered "one of the worst" closing arguments of his career, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
- NY Legislature weighing proposed raises for judges Updated: Feb-04-16 4:26 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's trial judges would get nearly $20,000 raises this year under an updated budget request from the judiciary.
- Company in West Virginia chem spill receives 'symbolic' fine Updated: Feb-04-16 4:24 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it.
- Court upholds South Dakota vehicular homicide conviction Updated: Feb-04-16 3:57 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of a Lake Andes man who was drunk when he drove into two federal wildlife researchers, killing them.
- Senate committee considers deadly force bills to update law Updated: Feb-04-16 3:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A state Senate committee is considering three bills that would update Missouri's deadly force laws.
- Federal court rejects convicted financier's sentence appeal Updated: Feb-04-16 3:30 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A federal appeals court has rejected a former Indianapolis businessman's bid to shorten his 50-year sentence for defrauding thousands of investors of $200 million to finance a lavish lifestyle.
- 5 years trimmed from ex-cop's sentence in Katrina body case Updated: Feb-04-16 3:15 pm
NEW ORLEANS - An ex-New Orleans police officer who burned the body of a man shot to death by a fellow officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina had his 17-year-sentenced reduced by more than five years Thursday by a federal judge.
- Arizona court denies appeal on sentences for holdup killings Updated: Feb-04-16 3:13 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a man serving two life sentences for killings committed during a holdup when he was 16 years old isn't entitled to a new hearing on his sentence.
- The Latest: Judge hear arguments in Medicaid expansion case Updated: Feb-04-16 2:59 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Latest on a lawsuit over Medicaid expansion in Alaska (all times local):
- Hardin County to appeal order overturning right-to-work law Updated: Feb-04-16 2:45 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Hardin County officials say they will appeal a federal judge's ruling that overturned a local law banning mandatory union membership.
- US court overturns inmate's death sentence in Tucson killing Updated: Feb-04-16 2:20 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - A federal appeals court has ordered that an Arizona death-row inmate convicted of the 1980 killing and rape of a Tucson hitchhiker be resentenced to life in prison.
- The Latest: More than 5 years cut from ex-cop's sentence Updated: Feb-04-16 2:12 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The latest on the federal resentencing hearing of Gregory McRae, a former New Orleans police officer convicted in connection with burning the body of a man who had been shot by another officer following Hurricane Katrina (all times local):
- Judge: Suit seeking to stop Chicago Lucas Museum can go on Updated: Feb-04-16 2:12 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge on Thursday allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400 million museum along Chicago's lakefront, leaving open the possibility that the museum as currently envisioned may not get built.
- Bill requires police to get judge's OK to withhold video Updated: Feb-04-16 1:54 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Law enforcement agencies in South Carolina would need a judge's blessing to withhold dashcam video under legislation intended to prevent police from indefinitely blocking the public's ability to scrutinize an officer's action.
- Man on death row for Broward triple-murder to get new trial Updated: Feb-04-16 1:54 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A man on death row since 2000 for a Broward County triple-murder six years earlier will get a new trial after the Florida Supreme Court ruled his defense attorney made mistakes, and there was a lack of evidence to convict.
- Condemned killer of Corpus Christi store clerk loses appeal Updated: Feb-04-16 1:53 pm
HOUSTON - A 31-year-old Corpus Christi man on death row for killing a convenience store clerk during a $1.25 robbery in 2004 has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.
- Image of Asia: Rally on Philippine-American War anniversary Updated: Feb-04-16 1:43 pm
In this photo by Bullit Marquez, riot police use their shields to cover themselves from a slight drizzle as protesters rally at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, to mark the 117th anniversary of the Philippine-American War. Carrying banners reading "Junk EDCA," the protesters are demanding the abolition of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement after the country's Supreme Court upheld the agreement's constitutionality, effectively allowing American forces, ships and planes to temporarily station in Philippine military camps. The U.S. military shut its local bases in 1992, ending almost a century of U.S. military presence in the Philippines, and opponents of the defense agreement see it as infringing on Philippine sovereignty.
- Lawsuit by soldier's widow tests Tennessee's malpractice law Updated: Feb-04-16 1:07 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - A federal court case brought by a military widow whose husband committed suicide is testing Tennessee's medical malpractice statute after a judge said the state's laws led to "seemingly unfair results" for the soldier's family.
- Butte courthouse increases security for murder trial Updated: Feb-04-16 12:40 pm
BUTTE, Montana - In the wake of bomb threats that have forced evacuations six times since mid-January, the Butte courthouse is increasing security for a murder trial next week.
- Kansas House rejects change in selecting high court justices Updated: Feb-04-16 12:39 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House has rejected a proposal to give the governor and legislators more control over appointments to the state Supreme Court.
- The Latest: Legal expert questions reported Assange ruling Updated: Feb-04-16 12:38 pm
LONDON - The Latest on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and impending finding by a U.N. body on his detention (all times local):
- Judge rules out mentions of deaths at BP supervisor's trial Updated: Feb-04-16 12:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Eleven men died in the 2010 rig explosion that led to BP's Gulf oil spill, but a jury will hear about only four during a rig supervisor's trial this month.