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  • Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:45 pm
  • WASHINGTON - As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime.

  • US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:40 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

  • Crawford challenging earlier rape conviction 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:22 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered attorneys for death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford to file briefs by late May supporting his appeal of a 1994 rape conviction.

  • Judge: School can't suspend student from lacrosse 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:37 am
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - A federal judge has blocked the Portland schools from suspending a student lacrosse player for violating the drug-and-alcohol policy.

  • No-parole sentence reinstated for Minnesota man 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:31 am
  • MINNEAPOLIS - A man who was 17 when prosecutors say he raped and killed a teenage girl won't be eligible for release from prison.

  • Supreme Court hears school tax credit challenge 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:22 am
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - Supporters of an education tax credit program that offers scholarships to private and religious schools in New Hampshire packed the Supreme Court chambers for arguments on the law's constitutionality.

  • Livingston County jail must allow mail from ACLU 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:20 am
  • HOWELL, Michigan - A judge has ordered the Livingston County jail to stop intercepting mail sent to inmates from the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • Court rejects bankruptcy protection for Mt. Gox 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:47 am
  • TOKYO - The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.

  • German Shepherd called to jury duty in New Jersey 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:16 am
  • BRIDGETON, New Jersey - At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime.

  • Judge Durwood Conque will retire at end of year 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:25 am
  • LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - Lafayette Parish Judge Durwood Conque says he will retire when his six-year term ends in December.

  • GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:10 pm
  • DETROIT - General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.

  • May 1 trial set in Rocky Boy embezzlement case 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:22 pm
  • HAVRE, Montana - A federal judge has set a May 1 trial date in the embezzlement case against former Rocky Boy Indian Reservation health clinic director Fawn Tadios.

  • Alleged Hillary Clinton shoe thrower detained 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:14 pm
  • PHOENIX - A federal magistrate on Tuesday ordered a Phoenix woman to remain jailed until she is returned to Las Vegas to face federal charges alleging she threw a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech.

  • House kills bill to remove La.'s anti-sodomy law 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:02 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.

  • Judge lets conviction of Arkansas treasurer stand 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:02 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A federal judge Tuesday upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, saying prosecutors proved she illegally influenced interstate commerce and rejecting her argument that the case against her should have been heard by state authorities.

  • Judge takes up ban on domestic partner benefits 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:49 pm
  • DETROIT - A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday.

  • Wyoming governor touts wolf reintroduction success 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:46 pm
  • CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A recent survey showing Wyoming's wolf population is stable proves ending federal protections for the animals and placing them under state management was the right move, Gov. Matt Mead said Tuesday.

  • McVay death sentence will get automatic review 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:00 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The death sentence for a man accused of killing a Sioux Falls hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama will get an automatic review by the state Supreme Court, South Dakota's attorney general said Tuesday.

  • Judge dismisses McCotter's suit against intern 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:37 pm
  • DETROIT - Ex-Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's lawsuit alleging that a former intern deliberately submitted forged petitions to keep him from seeking re-election has been dismissed.

  • Court expands legal rights for injured workers 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:22 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling Tuesday that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who subsequently are fired from their jobs.

  • Judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:13 pm
  • BOSTON - A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.

  • Critics: Some Iowa courthouses lack basic security 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:06 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa courthouses have a variety of security features, with about half banning guns and fewer providing secure areas for judges and staff to work outside courtrooms, according to critics pushing for upgrades.

  • Turtle Mountain board wants officials ousted 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:35 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - The judicial board of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota wants to oust two judges and a clerk from office.

  • Nonprofit groups allowed to join Kauai law defense 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:26 pm
  • HONOLULU - A federal judge has decided to allow four nonprofit organizations to join Kauai County in defending a new law regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops in court.

  • Oklahoma Senate Oks limits on abortion drug 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:24 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to further restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma in a bill written in direct response to a recent state Supreme Court decision.