- Information freeze thaws after injunction on election law Updated: Feb-13-16 4:10 am
LANSING, Michigan - An information freeze on local and school officials is thawing after a federal judge put a preliminary injunction on a new Michigan election law that critics called a "gag order."
- Lawmakers postpone vote on adoption by gay couples bill Updated: Feb-12-16 9:33 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah lawmakers postponed a vote Friday night on a proposal to ensure married gay couples are treated equally as married heterosexual couples in adoptions and foster care placements.
- Man gets over 17 years for Kearney credit union robbery Updated: Feb-12-16 7:55 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A judge has sentenced a Chicago man to over 17 years in prison for robbing a Kearney credit union.
- Awaiting redistricting decision, lawmakers plan hearings Updated: Feb-12-16 7:29 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina legislative leaders unveiled Friday a speedy schedule to redraw congressional boundaries should the U.S. Supreme Court refuse to block a lower-court decision requiring a new map be approved by next week.
- Court gunman's widow sentenced to life in prison Updated: Feb-12-16 6:35 pm
DOVER, Delaware - The ailing widow of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse was sentenced Friday to life in prison on federal cyberstalking charges.
- Montana Chief Justice Mike McGrath reflects on first term Updated: Feb-12-16 6:23 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana Chief Justice Mike McGrath stood over a short stack of file folders, some bound by rubber bands, as he talked about his court's growing caseload.
- Corrections chief resigns amid youth prison investigation Updated: Feb-12-16 6:09 pm
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall has resigned amid an investigation into abuse allegations at the state's youth prison, the governor's office said Friday as news emerged that the FBI had taken over the inquiry.
- Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday.
- Elections board predicts 10 percent turnout Tuesday Updated: Feb-12-16 6:02 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board is predicting about 10 percent of eligible voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the spring primary election.
- Challenge to Nebraska's limit on paternity requests rejected Updated: Feb-12-16 5:19 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - The Nebraska Supreme Court rejected Friday a constitutional challenge to the state's four-year statute of limitations on paternity requests in the case of a man who sought paternity and custody of an 8-year-old child born to a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair.
- Judge weighs bid to block Indiana's Syrian refugee order Updated: Feb-12-16 5:11 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A judge considering a challenge to Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana appeared skeptical Friday, peppering the state's lawyer with questions about whether the directive was achieving its stated goal of protecting the state's security.
- Cuomo revises plan to keep youths out of NY's adult prisons Updated: Feb-12-16 4:56 pm
ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revised his proposal for keeping juveniles out of New York's adult prisons and jails.
- Court sets Wellmark headquarters taxable value at $99M Updated: Feb-12-16 4:39 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The corporate headquarters for health insurer Wellmark Inc. should have been taxed at a value of $99 million in 2011, the Iowa Supreme Court said Friday in reversing earlier rulings that set the taxable value much lower.
- Arkansas ex-judge asks to withdraw guilty plea Updated: Feb-12-16 4:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A former circuit judge in central Arkansas asked a federal judge Friday to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea on a federal bribery charge, two weeks before he is scheduled to be sentenced.
- Landowners win case against Bluegrass Pipeline Updated: Feb-12-16 4:28 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Landowners who had opposed efforts to put a natural gas pipeline across 13 counties have been victorious in the Kentucky Supreme Court.
- Man gets 60 days for punching JetBlue flight attendant Updated: Feb-12-16 4:24 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A man accused of punching a flight attendant and threatening to blow up a Florida-bound plane has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.
- Man sentenced to death again for pregnant wife's murder Updated: Feb-12-16 4:14 pm
GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama - A Marshall County judge has sentenced a north Alabama man to death for the second time in the 2009 death of the pregnant wife.
- Va. Supreme Court upholds juvenile's sentence reduction Updated: Feb-12-16 3:36 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's order reducing a juvenile's six life sentences for armed robbery.
- DOJ, Miami police near settlement in civil rights case Updated: Feb-12-16 3:12 pm
MIAMI - The U.S. Justice Department and city of Miami are close to a settlement in a civil rights case stemming from questionable police shootings from 2008 to 2011.
- Alabama family loses fight over Thomas Jefferson artifacts Updated: Feb-12-16 3:08 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama family has lost its fight over artifacts supposedly owned by the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.
- Nebraska high court reverses landlord discrimination order Updated: Feb-12-16 1:57 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A white Lincoln landlord has been slow to respond to all of his tenants, regardless of their race and nationality, the Nebraska Supreme Court said Friday in a ruling reversing a housing discrimination order.
- Ex-soccer player Bent given 12-month suspended jail sentence Updated: Feb-12-16 1:18 pm
GUILDFORD, England - Former English Premier League player Marcus Bent was handed a 12-month suspended jail sentence on Friday for confronting two police officers with a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife while under the influence of cocaine.
- Appeal rejected for man convicted in Fort Dix plot Updated: Feb-12-16 12:06 pm
CAMDEN, New Jersey - A federal judge in New Jersey has rejected the appeal of a Philadelphia man serving more than three decades behind bars after he was convicted of scheming to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, according to a ruling released Thursday.
- Judge: Kansas City convention hotel shouldn't go to voters Updated: Feb-12-16 11:13 am
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A judge has denied a public vote on a proposed convention hotel in downtown Kansas City.
- Man who defrauded more than 12 banks, businesses sentenced Updated: Feb-12-16 9:44 am
BANGOR, Maine - A federal judge has sentenced an Augusta man to more than two years in prison for defrauding more than a dozen banks and businesses by using altered and counterfeit checks.