- Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest Updated: Jul-30-15 10:53 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and activists who had dangled from a bridge to block its path.
- Grand jury to review Clayton County sheriff shooting case Updated: Jul-30-15 8:25 pm
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia - Gwinnett County prosecutors say the case of an off-duty sheriff shooting a real estate agent at a metro Atlanta model home will be reviewed by a grand jury.
- Montana Supreme Court upholds 24/7 Sobriety Program Updated: Jul-30-15 7:34 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Supreme Court upheld the state's 24/7 Sobriety Program in a ruling Thursday, saying charging associated fees for alcohol monitoring is not pretrial punishment in violation of the Constitution.
- Alabama judge orders hearing on prisoner's abortion request Updated: Jul-30-15 6:53 pm
FLORENCE, Alabama - A federal judge is ordering a hearing after an Alabama prisoner dropped her request to obtain an abortion.
- Supreme Court to hear public pension cost-of-living case Updated: Jul-30-15 6:43 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case that looks at whether retired public workers have a right to cost-of-living increases in their pensions.
- Petal settles lawsuit over effort to shut down group home Updated: Jul-30-15 6:26 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department, the city of Petal is giving up efforts to evict three mentally disabled men from a home.
- Wisconsin justice defends participation in Walker case Updated: Jul-30-15 6:08 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser said Thursday he didn't have to recuse himself from a ruling that ended a secret investigation into coordination between Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and outside groups. Prosser acknowledged spending by some of those same groups helped him win re-election in 2011 but argued that was years ago.
- White House nominates 4 for US judgeships in Pennsylvania Updated: Jul-30-15 6:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA - President Barack Obama has nominated four veteran judges to serve on the federal bench in Pennsylvania.
- US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee Updated: Jul-30-15 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.
- Meeting in federal case on sex offender lockup ruled private Updated: Jul-30-15 5:18 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - When Gov. Mark Dayton, top legislators and other public officials head into a federal courthouse next month to discuss Minnesota's embattled sex offender program, the assembly will be closed to the public.
- Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia Updated: Jul-30-15 5:14 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect.
- Saudi Arabia asks NY judge to drop it from Sept. 11 lawsuit Updated: Jul-30-15 5:00 pm
NEW YORK - Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families, a lawyer for the kingdom told a judge Thursday.
- House speaker protested by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair Updated: Jul-30-15 4:49 pm
PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi - About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair.
- Judge won't extend deadline for Minnesota archdiocese claims Updated: Jul-30-15 4:47 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A federal bankruptcy judge declined Thursday to extend next week's deadline for victims of clergy sex abuse to file claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
- Guatemala court lifts immunity for 3 lawmakers in graft case Updated: Jul-30-15 4:37 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's Supreme Court has withdrawn the immunity from prosecution for three members of congress with alleged links to corruption.
- Appeals court upholds convictions in Petro America case Updated: Jul-30-15 4:34 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A federal appeals court panel has upheld the convictions of five people for bilking mostly poor investors out of millions of dollars with promises that they could become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams by spending as little as $100.
- Death row inmate asks for new trial in child's death Updated: Jul-30-15 4:05 pm
NATCHEZ, Mississippi - Death row inmate Jeffrey Havard has filed a motion in Adams County Circuit Court to seek a new trial.
- Contempt filings dropped against reporters covering Hastert Updated: Jul-30-15 3:32 pm
CHICAGO - Two national television reporters cited for violating media security rules at former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment last month won't face sanctions after their attorneys apologized to a judge.
- South Dakota high court bars Citibank recoup of $30M in tax Updated: Jul-30-15 3:28 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Citibank will not be able to reclaim $30 million in overpaid bank taxes to the state because it didn't request a refund until after the three-year legal window had passed, the South Dakota Supreme Court said in an opinion released on Thursday.
- Maine House speaker sues governor over loss of school job Updated: Jul-30-15 2:56 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves on Thursday filed a civil rights lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage for threatening to withhold funds from a school for at-risk youth to get Eves removed from a job, saying it was time for someone to stand up to governor's abuse of power.
- Court denies Yellowstone Club founder's release from jail Updated: Jul-30-15 2:40 pm
HELENA, Montana - A federal appeals court has denied a third emergency petition to release the founder of Montana's Yellowstone Club from jail, meaning former billionaire Tim Blixseth will likely be detained until an October hearing concludes.
- Appeals court rules against online gambling firm's founder Updated: Jul-30-15 1:25 pm
ST. LOUIS - A federal appeals court has rejected attempts by the founder of a former online betting site to avoid paying $36 million in delinquent taxes and penalties, dismissing claims that his plea deal in a related criminal case precluded the government from pursuing the debt.
- Most claims dismissed in case against disability lawyer Updated: Jul-30-15 12:49 pm
COVINGTON, Kentucky - A federal judge has dismissed most, but not all, claims in a lawsuit that accuses eastern Kentucky disability lawyer Eric Conn of colluding with a judge to rig Social Security cases.
- Prosecutors ask justices to review insider trading case Updated: Jul-30-15 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate securities fraud convictions against two hedge fund portfolio managers, saying a federal appeals court ruling in the financiers' favor makes it harder to prosecute insider trading.
- Valente named superior court judge Updated: Jul-30-15 11:34 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed lawyer John Valente to Vermont's superior court.