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Judge: US-born woman who joined Islamic State not citizen

Nov. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the U.S. government was correct when it determined a woman who joined the Islamic State group was not an American citizen despite her birth in the country. Lawyers for the family of the woman said Friday that they plan to appeal the ruling. “This is not...

Arkansas court rules driver wasn’t negligent in fatal crash

Nov. 15, 2019 3:13 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A driver who crashed his pickup truck into another vehicle on a state highway, killing a family of four, was not criminally negligent, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled. In a decision issued Thursday, the court said there’s no evidence Benjamin Ward Ledwell was speeding,...

Trump asks justices for temporary block of House subpoena

Nov. 15, 2019 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants the Supreme Court to keep House Democrats from getting his financial records at least until the justices resolve a broader fight over efforts to subpoena a sitting president’s records. Trump filed an emergency appeal with the court Friday in a case from...

Court denies ex-Detroit mayor’s motion to get out of prison

Nov. 15, 2019 3:03 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has denied ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s latest effort to get out of prison. The order was filed Friday on Kilpatrick’s motion arguing, among other things, that U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds was biased and should have recused...

North Carolina Supreme Court won’t take up remap appeal now

Nov. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court won’t hasten an appeal by an advocacy group and state Democrats who say the Republican-controlled General Assembly didn’t do a good enough job redrawing legislative districts for the 2020 elections. The state Supreme Court’s...

Florida officials appeal ruling on felon voting rights

Nov. 15, 2019 2:51 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials are appealing a federal judge’s ruling last month that opened the way for some felons to regain their voting rights despite being unable to settle unpaid fines and other legal debts. The move by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday follows last week’s hearing...

Justices to consider reinstating military rape convictions

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate convictions for rape by a military officer and two enlisted men. The issue is whether they could be prosecuted long after the rapes occurred. A military appeals court threw out the convictions because too much time had elapsed between the...

Supreme Court steps into Google-Oracle copyright fight

Nov. 15, 2019 2:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will referee a high-profile copyright dispute between technology giants Oracle and Google. Oracle says it wants nearly $9 billion from Google. The case stems from Google’s development of its hugely popular Android operating system by using Oracle’s...

Ailing ex-telecom executive Ebbers seeks release from prison

Nov. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former telecommunications executive convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history is asking a judge to shorten his prison sentence so he can be released as his health deteriorates. Bernard Ebbers led WorldCom, once one of the world’s largest...

Teen who stabbed ex-girlfriend to be tried in juvenile court

Nov. 15, 2019 1:19 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge says the trial of a teenager accused of stabbing his former girlfriend and then himself at an Omaha, Nebraska, high school will be moved to juvenile court. Judge Duane Dougherty said in his ruling Wednesday that he relied heavily on the mental health experts who examined the boy...