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The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia urges justices to uphold weapons ban at gun rally

Jan. 17, 2020 5:13 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia urged the state Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a weapons ban at an upcoming gun rally in the capital, arguing it was necessary to prevent a repeat of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally more than two years ago. State Attorney General Mark Herring's...

FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules

Jan. 17, 2020 4:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The justices agreed Friday to yet another case stemming from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, this time about...

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Robert Leamon. A Cass County, Mich., judge said he will order a new sentence for Leamon, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1993 death of Rebecca Stowe. They were teenagers at the time. Leamon, has been in jail or prison for more than 20 years and is currently serving a no-parole sentence. The new sentence will give him an opportunity for release.(Michigan Department of Corrections via AP)

Michigan juvenile lifer to get new sentence in girl's death

Jan. 17, 2020 4:49 PM EST

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) — A judge set aside a life sentence for a man who was convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend when they were teenagers and burying her body in southwestern Michigan. The decision Monday by a Cass County judge means Robert Leamon, 43, will get a new sentence and a chance for...

FILE - In this June 3, 2014, image provided by the U.S. Navy, Navy Capt. John R. Nettleton, then-commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, speaks during a Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony.  Nettleton was convicted Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 of interfering with an investigation into the death of a civilian with whom the commander had fought and argued over his alleged affair with the man's wife. A federal jury in Jacksonville convicted Nettleton on charges of obstruction of justice, concealing material facts, falsifying records and making false statements.(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Goff/U.S. Navy via AP)

Ex-Guantanamo commander convicted of lying about man's death

Jan. 17, 2020 4:07 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was convicted Friday of interfering with an investigation into the death of a civilian with whom the commander had fought and argued over his affair with the man's wife. A federal jury in Jacksonville convicted Navy Capt....

Appeals court won't rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

Jan. 17, 2020 3:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic d oes...

Appeals court rules against convict over gender pronouns

Jan. 17, 2020 3:01 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A transgender convict has lost a federal appeal to have her name changed in court records — and to have the appeals court refer to her with feminine pronouns. The case of Norman Varner — now Katherine Nicole Jett — divided a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit...

Judge says conservation group can look into energy panel

Jan. 17, 2020 2:57 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A conservation group can seek details from the Trump Administration on whether it used the recommendations of a disbanded committee to craft policies on oil, gas and coal extraction, according to a federal court ruling. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said in a late Thursday ruling...

Helena man convicted of taking $390k stolen from armored car

Jan. 17, 2020 2:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Helena man has been convicted of taking $390,000 that was stolen from an armored truck and spending it on gambling, day trading, and travel. A federal jury found John Gregory Alexander Herrin, 30, guilty Thursday of interstate transportation of stolen property and eight counts of...

FILE - This June 6, 2019 file photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows one of the signs over the doorways within the dedicated unit for transgender migrants in the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, N.M. One month after winning her release from immigration detention, a transgender woman from El Salvador was arrested  Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, and taken back to the Cibola County facility because the U.S. government is appealing. Lawyers say the woman is being unfairly detained and has a seizure disorder that threatens her life if left untreated. (Ron Rogers/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)

Lawyers: ICE arrests trans migrant woman month after release

Jan. 17, 2020 2:53 PM EST

One month after winning her release from immigration detention, a transgender woman from El Salvador with several illnesses was arrested and taken back to the same jail because the U.S. government is appealing the judge's decision, the woman's lawyers said Friday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Florida man acquitted of murder in 2016 Alabama shooting

Jan. 17, 2020 1:48 PM EST

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A Florida man has been acquitted of a felony murder charge stemming from a 2016 fatal shooting in Alabama. A Houston County jury sided with the defense's argument that Joseph Dozier was acting in self defense when he shot Christopher Damon Grimsley in Dothan in September 2016, The...