- Franchises want more time to pay Seattle $15 minimum wage Updated: Sep-01-15 4:27 pm
SEATTLE - A lawyer for the International Franchise Association told a federal appeals panel on Tuesday that Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law unfairly discriminates against franchises, but a city attorney said the ordinance is fair and was designed to get more money into the pockets of workers as quickly as possible.
- Counts won't be dismissed for men accused of plan to join IS Updated: Sep-01-15 3:52 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A federal judge says he won't dismiss charges against seven Minnesota men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group.
- Court: $50 charge is a fine and must go to schools Updated: Sep-01-15 3:47 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Call it what you want, but that $50 collected for an improper equipment offense is a fine and must revert to public schools and not to a state fund for inmate costs, the state Court of Appeals said in a ruling Tuesday.
- Court: For Medicare purposes, family count includes spouse Updated: Sep-01-15 3:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is illegally excluding spouses from the definition of family when determining eligibility for state assistance, a federal appeals court said in a Tuesday ruling that advocates estimate could affect up to 100,000 people.
- Supreme Court says order to pay for payloader was wrong Updated: Sep-01-15 3:34 pm
FARGO, North Dakota - The North Dakota Supreme Court says a judge was wrong to order a state criminal investigator to pay a man for a payloader the agent confiscated and gave away because it was stolen.
- Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court Updated: Sep-01-15 3:22 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - A county clerk who invoked "God's authority" as she defied the U.S. Supreme Court yet again on gay marriage Tuesday refused to resign and now must face a federal judge who could impose fines or send her to jail.
- Court rejects appeal for full hearing on contribution limits Updated: Sep-01-15 3:19 pm
HELENA, Montana - A federal court has rejected Montana's request to rehear their defense of state campaign contribution limits.
- Latest Texas school finance case reaches state Supreme Court Updated: Sep-01-15 3:19 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Attorneys for 600-plus school districts suing Texas told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the GOP-controlled Legislature doesn't provide enough funding for classrooms and distributes it unfairly, especially given ever-tougher academic curriculum standards and a population boom pushing enrollment to record levels.
- New Mexico court schedules arguments on assisted suicide Updated: Sep-01-15 2:39 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico's highest court is poised to consider the legality of assisted suicide.
- The Latest: Kentucky clerk details her religious beliefs Updated: Sep-01-15 1:12 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The latest on a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her (all times local):
- Attorneys to argue scope of Obama administration water rule Updated: Sep-01-15 1:08 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A federal judge in North Dakota is giving attorneys until Tuesday night to file briefs arguing the scope of his injunction blocking a new Obama administration water rule.
- Court revives dispute over energy leasing's climate impacts Updated: Sep-01-15 12:22 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - A federal appeals court ruling has revived a bid by environmentalists to block drilling for oil and gas on public lands in Montana until the government looks more closely at climate change impacts.
- Ruling upholds requirement for DNA samples in death probe Updated: Sep-01-15 9:29 am
PHOENIX - A federal appeals court has ruled that Phoenix police officials acted reasonably in requiring three officers to provide DNA samples for an investigation into a sergeant's death.
- Stabbing suspect denied bond in Itawamba County Updated: Sep-01-15 9:02 am
FULTON, Mississippi - Bond has been denied for the suspect in the stabbing death of a 65-year-old Fairview woman.
- Federal judge to hear whether police violated protest order Updated: Sep-01-15 8:32 am
DENVER - A federal judge is set to hear arguments over whether Denver's police chief should be held in contempt of court after officers seized protesters' property.
- State's appeal of gay marriage ruling dismissed Updated: Sep-01-15 5:07 am
HELENA, Montana - A federal appeals court has formally dismissed Montana's gay marriage case now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to wed.
- W.Va. adult drug court for 2 counties opening Tuesday Updated: Sep-01-15 2:34 am
SPENCER, West Virginia - An adult drug court serving Roane and Calhoun counties is opening.
- Idaho Supreme Court allows Boy Scout lawsuit to move forward Updated: Aug-31-15 9:02 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's highest court has ruled that the 16 men who say they were sexually abused as youngsters by scout leaders in Idaho filed their lawsuit on time against the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- 6 high school football players sentenced in hazing case Updated: Aug-31-15 8:01 pm
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey - Six of the seven football players accused of hazing and sexual assaulting four other teammates in a New Jersey high school locker room were placed on probationary terms, prosecutors announced Monday night.
- Court considers challenge to California death penalty Updated: Aug-31-15 7:53 pm
PASADENA, California - A federal appeals court considering whether California's death penalty is unconstitutional because of excessive delays focused Monday on procedural issues over whether a novel legal theory had been addressed by the state Supreme Court.
- Kane, supporters mobilizing against effort to force her out Updated: Aug-31-15 7:44 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Attorney General Kathleen Kane has retained a lawyer to look into disciplinary matters for her, the lawyer said Monday as her supporters mobilized against perceived efforts to force her out of office as she fights criminal charges.
- Appeals court upholds Jesus statue on Montana mountain Updated: Aug-31-15 7:01 pm
HELENA, Montana - A 6-foot tall statue of Jesus that has spent the last 60 years overlooking a northwestern Montana ski hill may stay there, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
- North Carolina justices ponder 2011 redistricting again Updated: Aug-31-15 6:31 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - As North Carolina's highest court considers for a second time whether the state's legislative and congressional boundaries were lawfully drawn on the basis of race, the justices also must consider seemingly competing rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Oklahoma court rejects withdrawal of guilty plea in 3 deaths Updated: Aug-31-15 6:19 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma appeals court Monday denied a man's request to withdraw his guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two girls and his fiancÃ©e in eastern Oklahoma.
- Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case Updated: Aug-31-15 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group in its challenge of a key birth control provision of the Obama administration's health care overhaul.