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Arkansas judge: denies casinos motion for contempt

Jul. 3, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge denied a casino's motion for contempt alleging that a state commission did not follow its own rules and issue the company a casino license within 30 days of the judge's previous ruling. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's Thursday ruling did not approve...

Judge: Former speaker, felon can lobby despite convictions

Jul. 3, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former House Speaker and felon Salvatore F. DiMasi won a court ruling allowing him to lobby the state legislature and executive branch, despite his prior convictions. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Robert B. Gordon found that the state statute prohibiting people convicted of certain state...

Judge rules Illinois governor's order exceeded authority

Jul. 3, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A county judge has ruled Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority by extending the state’s public health disaster declaration beyond the first 30 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The impact of Thursday’s ruling by a judge from southern Illinois’...

Protesters from Amnesty International stage a protest outside a court in Istanbul, Friday, July 3, 2020, where the trial of 11 prominent human rights activists for terror-related charges and adjourned proceedings was continuing. The banner reads in Turkish: 'Justice for Rights Defenders'. The closely-watched case against Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders and helped sour Turkey's relations with European nations, notably with Germany. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey convicts 4 human rights activists of terror charges

Jul. 3, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday convicted Amnesty International’s former Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, of membership in a terror organization and sentenced him to more than six years in prison. The court also convicted three other human rights activists — Gunal Kursun, Idil Eser and...

Iowa man who sued son over wife's death attacked by 2nd son

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who successfully sued one of his sons for the shooting death of his wife has been assaulted by his other son, police said. Billy Dean Carter, 55, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assaulting his father, 74-year-old Bill Carter, the Des Moines Register reported....

Yakama Nation to continue appeal against mining expansion

Jul. 3, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that the Yakama Nation can move forward with its lawsuit to halt the expansion of a gravel mining project that they say could disrupt a tribal cultural and burial site. The court ruled Thursday that the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the...

Potato chip heiress wins back control of fortune

Jul. 2, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The heiress to the Golden Flake potato chip empire is for now back in control of her fortune after a ruling Thursday by the Alabama Supreme Court. The court voided a 2019 probate order granting an emergency conservator that came after two employees claimed that 88-year-old Joann...

FILE - In this April 21, 2020, file photo, is the international airport in Honolulu. A judge is expected to consider Thursday, July 2, 2020, whether to grant a request to stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, meant to control the spread of the coronavirus. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents filed a lawsuit saying Hawaii's emergency order is unfair and unnecessary. They gained the support of the U.S. Department of Justice, which filed a statement saying the quarantine discriminates against out-of-state travelers, even though it also applies to residents. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

US judge mulls challenge to Hawaii traveler quarantine

Jul. 2, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge said she will try to issue a decision Thursday on whether to grant a request to stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, meant to control the spread of the coronavirus. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents filed a lawsuit saying Hawaii's...

File-This June 18, 2020, file photo shows Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updating the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse, in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds on Monday, June 29, 2020, signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool, File)

Iowa governor signs abortion law amid court challenge

Jul. 2, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. Reynolds signed the measure into law just after lawyers representing Planned...

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this...