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High court: Rhode Island mail-in voters don't need witnesses

Aug. 13, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail in two upcoming elections without signing their ballots in the presence of two witnesses or a notary. State officials had agreed to suspend the requirement because of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky.  A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said “only the Supreme Court may revise its precedent.”  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Federal appeals court: Male-only draft is constitutional

Aug. 13, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision. In a decision that overturned a 2019 ruling by a Texas-based federal judge, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

An electoral official, right, tells a voter that the ballots haven't arrived at a voting center in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico set for 2nd voting round after botched primaries

Aug. 13, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans prepared Thursday for a second consecutive weekend of primary elections after the U.S. territory's Supreme Court ordered authorities to reopen polling centers where botched ballot supplies prevented people from voting in the first round. The court's ruling...

File - In this Friday, June 12, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Nicholas Rovinski, second from right, of Warwick, R.I., is depicted standing with his attorney William Fick, right, as Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell, left, presides during a hearing in federal court in Boston. In August 2020, U.S. District Judge William Young ordered Rovinski's early release after his lawyers argued that his medical conditions make him particularly susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP, File)

Man guilty in terror plot to be released from prison

Aug. 13, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man sentenced to 15 years in prison for participating in a plot to behead a blogger on behalf of the Islamic State group will be released early because of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge has ruled. The judge ordered Nicholas Rovinski's release this week after his...

Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it

Aug. 13, 2020 11:17 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it.

Judge orders Oahu organized crime suspect held without bail

Aug. 13, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an Oahu businessman held without bail pending trial on multiple charges stemming from a lengthy organized crime ring investigation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Mansfield on Tuesday granted federal prosecutors' request for the detention of Michael Miske Jr....

Portland protest clashes re-emerge near US courthouse

Aug. 13, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters and police clashed in downtown Portland in a demonstration that lasted into the predawn hours of Thursday, with some in the crowd setting a fire and exploding commercial grade fireworks outside a federal courthouse that's been a target in months of conflict for Oregon's...

New York challenges ruling that allowed larger weddings

Aug. 13, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are challenging a federal judge's ruling in favor of two couples who wanted to have more than 50 people at their weddings despite the state's pandemic-related restrictions. U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby issued a preliminary injunction Friday that allowed a...

Native American man seeks further delay of federal execution

Aug. 12, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys for the only Native American on federal death row are asking a judge to delay his upcoming execution while they argue that the procedures should be consistent with Arizona law. Lezmond Mitchell, who is Navajo, is set to be put to death on Aug. 26 at the federal prison in...

An official turns away two voters at a voting center lacking ballots in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico Supreme Court upholds second round for primaries

Aug. 12, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the votes cast during a botched primary over the weekend are valid and that a second round of voting will be held this Sunday at centers that never opened or did not remain open for the required eight hours. The ruling was...