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Murder sentence reduced after high court drug ruling

Dec. 03, 2021 08:52 AM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The prison sentence for a man convicted of murder was reduced by more than seven years Thursday, following a recent Washington state Supreme Court decision. A jury in 2019 found Matthew McGowan guilty of first-degree murder for tying Michael Boone...

Roe 'settled' law? Justices' earlier assurances now in doubt

Dec. 03, 2021 07:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh convinced Sen. Susan Collins that he thought a woman’s right to an abortion was “settled law,” calling the court cases affirming it “precedent on precedent” that could not be casually overturned. ...

John Hutchison to become WVa Supreme Court chief justice

Dec. 03, 2021 04:07 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — John Hutchison will become the West Virginia Supreme Court’s chief justice on Jan 1. The court announced the move Thursday. As chief justice, Hutchison will become the administrative leader of the state’s judiciary...

Few want Roe overturned, but abortion opinions vary widely

Dec. 03, 2021 00:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguments before the Supreme Court this week signaled that the conservative-leaning bench may dramatically limit abortion rights in the United States. The decision whether to uphold Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban will determine the fate of the...

Preview of 'a post-Roe world' in Texas over abortion access

Dec. 03, 2021 00:12 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas offers a glimpse in real time of what would be a striking new national landscape if the Supreme Court drastically curtails abortion rights: GOP-led states allowing almost no access to abortion, and women traveling hundreds of miles to end their pregnancies. ...

Roe v. Wade nearly fell 30 years ago. Can it survive again?

Dec. 03, 2021 00:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — We've been here before, with the fate of abortion rights throughout the United States in doubt and awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court. Nearly 30 years ago, the court came within a vote of throwing out the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized...

Phoenix man sentenced to prison in ammunition smuggling case

Dec. 03, 2021 00:07 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A 26-year-old Phoenix man has been sentenced to over three years in prison for attempting to take thousands of rounds of ammunition from the United States to Mexico. A federal judge in Tucson sentenced Mauricio Robles on Wednesday on his July 26...

Lawyers allied with Trump ordered to pay $175K in sanctions

Dec. 02, 2021 23:35 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nine lawyers allied with former President Donald Trump were ordered Thursday to pay Detroit and Michigan a total of $175,000 in sanctions for abusing the court system with a sham lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results. The money, which must...

Grand jury indicts security guard in store customer shooting

Dec. 02, 2021 23:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County grand jury has returned a murder indictment against a security guard who wasn’t certified to carry a gun on the job for shooting to death a customer outside a Lowe’s Home Care Center in North Portland. Logan C. Gimbel, 28,...

Matanuska-Susitna Borough challenging new redistricting maps

Dec. 02, 2021 19:38 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is suing the Alaska Redistricting Board over recently drawn legislative boundaries that it says dilutes the votes of borough residents. The lawsuit — brought on behalf of the borough and Michael Brown, the borough...