- Federal judge dismisses former chief justice's lawsuit Updated: Aug-01-15 11:22 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - A federal judge has dismissed former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson's lawsuit alleging her colleagues improperly stripped her of her title, ruling the justices were within their authority under a newly adopted constitutional amendment.
- GOP proposes protections for clergy on gay marriage Updated: Jul-31-15 6:01 pm
ATLANTA - A top-ranking Republican leader wants to make clear that Georgia clergy can refuse to perform gay marriages, a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.
- GOP proposes protections for already protected clergy Updated: Jul-31-15 3:01 pm
ATLANTA - A Republican wants to explicitly allow clergy in Georgia to refuse to perform gay marriages - a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.
- Austrian government to end migrant standoff with provinces Updated: Jul-31-15 9:32 am
VIENNA - Austria's federal government plans to change the country's constitution in attempts to end a standoff with provincial leaders over finding housing for a massive influx of migrants.
- Officials: Timing of vote on Supreme Court justice unclear Updated: Jul-28-15 11:47 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A new judicial amendment to the state constitution has left an open question about when voters will get a chance to decide on a new Supreme Court justice.
- Plans for Army base could include museum, amphitheater Updated: Jul-28-15 7:32 am
ATLANTA - Filmmaker Tyler Perry's plans for a sprawling movie studio at Fort McPherson may include an amphitheater and a museum, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument at Capitol must go Updated: Jul-27-15 7:11 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court reaffirmed in a 7-2 decision Monday that a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds is unconstitutional and must be removed.
- Arkansas attorney general's office rejects 5 pot proposals Updated: Jul-27-15 4:39 pm
CONWAY, Arkansas - The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected five proposed ballot titles that would have asked voters to legalize marijuana for various purposes.
- France's top court OKs controversial surveillance bill Updated: Jul-24-15 6:05 am
PARIS - France's Constitutional Council has ruled that a bill legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects doesn't violate the country's constitution.
- Justice: Court voted on narrow part of gay marriage case Updated: Jul-23-15 6:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Supreme Court voted on a narrow part of the state's case over gay marriage last month but only planned on issuing that decision if the nation's highest court didn't legalize same-sex marriage, a justice said Thursday.
- Arkansas attorney general rejects 3 proposed amendments Updated: Jul-20-15 3:54 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected three proposals to amend the state constitution, including two to legalize marijuana.
- Protests over Nepal constitution injure dozens, police say Updated: Jul-20-15 10:16 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Protesters clashed with police in southern Nepal on Monday as the government tried to collect the public's suggestions on the draft of the country's long-overdue constitution.
- Q&A: The ruckus over Japan's military legislation Updated: Jul-16-15 3:05 am
TOKYO - The opposition walked out before the vote, and thousands of protesters took to the streets the previous night, but none of that stopped Japan's lower house of parliament from approving a contentious set of bills Thursday to allow a greater role for the country's military.
- Maine bear hunters get ready for season after ban try fails Updated: Jul-14-15 4:41 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's bear hunters are getting ready for their season after withstanding a pair of challenges to the way they hunt, but opponents say their methods are cruel and they might try again to stop them.
- Rwandan lawmakers vote to support third term for president Updated: Jul-14-15 1:12 pm
KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwandan lawmakers on Tuesday voted in support of a petition to remove presidential term limits from the country's constitution, starting a process that could see President Paul Kagame extend his rule beyond two terms.
- Family: MLK sculptor in grave condition after crash Updated: Jul-12-15 12:41 pm
ATLANTA - The artist tapped to sculpt a Martin Luther King Jr. statue for the Georgia Capitol grounds is in critical condition after being hit by an accused drunk driver.
- GBI: Gun pointed at deputies before shooting Updated: Jul-11-15 1:55 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - State investigators said a gun was pointed at Newton County deputies before the officers shot and wounded two men during a traffic stop.
- Myanmar opposition to run in November polls despite doubts Updated: Jul-11-15 8:52 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - The Myanmar opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi announced Saturday it will contest the general election on Nov. 8 despite misgivings about transparency, in an effort to challenge the ruling military-backed party.
- Judge: Family of Mexican teen shot by agent can sue Updated: Jul-10-15 12:52 am
TUCSON, Arizona - The mother of a Mexican teen killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a cross-border shooting can continue a lawsuit in the case, a federal judge has ruled.
- Can KKK 'adopt a highway'? Appellate court considers matter Updated: Jul-09-15 2:59 pm
ATLANTA - A Georgia court heard arguments Thursday about whether the state violated a Ku Klux Klan group's constitutional rights by refusing its application to a highway cleanup program and whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision applies in the case.
- Backer of Missouri voter ID measure seeks help from 10,000 Updated: Jul-09-15 2:08 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state is looking for 10,000 volunteers to help gather signatures for a voter identification initiative petition.
- Woman found competent for trial in corpse-slashing case Updated: Jul-08-15 3:00 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma woman charged with slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend is competent to stand trial, a district judge ruled Wednesday.
- Montana ballot proposal would legalize recreational pot Updated: Jul-08-15 1:11 pm
HELENA, Montana - A Montana man proposed a ballot measure this week to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21 in Montana.
- Man on quest to carry Confederate flag to Washington by foot Updated: Jul-08-15 10:11 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Johnny Cooper says America is losing its way, a message he intends to carry along the highways from Alabama's capital to the nation's capital.
- Election seen as crucial step for Myanmar set for Nov. 8 Updated: Jul-08-15 8:50 am
YANGON, Myanmar - A general election seen as a crucial next step for Myanmar's transition to democracy has been scheduled for Nov. 8.