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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)

Organizers appeal ban on arms at upcoming Virginia gun rally

Jan. 17, 2020 6:19 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a judge's ruling upholding the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally that's expected to draw thousands of gun activists to the state Capitol on Monday. The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America...

Longtime Kentucky Supreme Court clerk to retire

Jan. 17, 2020 4:21 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A fixture of Kentucky's Supreme Court for 25 years is retiring. Susan Stokley Clary, the clerk of the Supreme Court, will retire Feb. 1. Clary has been clerk for three chief justices and is responsible for the custody, control and storage of all Supreme Court records. The clerk is...

Ruling: Casino employee can't claim workers' comp benefits

Jan. 17, 2020 12:21 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court decision says at least some tribal casino workers injured on the job can't receive benefits through the state's workers' compensation program. A unanimous ruling Thursday precludes an Isleta Pueblo casino employee who hurt a knee while pushing chairs from...

This is an undated Mississippi booking photo provided by Department of Corrections shows Willie Nash. . The Mississippi Supreme Court confirmed Nash's 12-year prison sentence for carrying his mobile phone into a county jail cell,  on Jan. 9, 2020. The ruling on the 2018 sentencing is being slammed by some people as a brutal example of racial injustice. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

12-year sentence for jail phone is 'failure,' justice says

Jan. 16, 2020 7:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court's confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice. Even one of the justices who joined in the unanimous ruling said that...

Mark D'Amico exits the Mitchell H. Cohen U.S. Courthouse, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, after his hearing in Camden, N.J. D'Amico, who has already pleaded guilty in state court to participating in an online donation fraud scheme was indicted Wednesday on federak charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. The 40-year-old Bordentown resident already faces a five-year term in state prison. (Tyger Williams/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Man in GoFundMe scheme pleads not guilty to federal charges

Jan. 16, 2020 6:23 PM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who authorities said was the ringleader in a scheme that raised more than $400,000 with a bogus tale involving a homeless veteran rescuing a woman from the side of a highway pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges. Mark D'Amico appeared in court in Camden to...

Mark D'Amico exits the Mitchell H. Cohen U.S. Courthouse, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, after his hearing in Camden, N.J. D'Amico, who has already pleaded guilty in state court to participating in an online donation fraud scheme was indicted Wednesday on federak charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. The 40-year-old Bordentown resident already faces a five-year term in state prison. (Tyger Williams/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

STORY REMOVED: US--Helpful Homeless Man

Jan. 16, 2020 6:13 PM EST
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about a homeless Samaritan scam. AP will publish a corrected version of the story.
Brittany Jones, advocacy director for the conservative Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, answers questions from reporters following the unveiling of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution on abortion, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Jones' group and other anti-abortion organizations are backing the amendment, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas abortion measure's fate may rest on when vote is set

Jan. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The fate of a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution could depend more on when it would appear on the ballot than the language being considered by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Supporters of the proposal for overturning last year's Kansas Supreme Court...

Jordanne Beach, of Urbandale, Iowa, speaks before a Senate subcommittee at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. She opposed a constitutional amendment that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

Republicans introduce Iowa abortion constitutional amendment

Jan. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican legislative leaders Thursday introduced a resolution that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution, a move in the first week of the session guaranteed to prompt a heated debate. The proposed constitutional amendment comes in a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla.  The 60-day Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,  will have lawmakers considering everything from coconut patties to a state budget expected to exceed $90 billion. Lawmakers are also expected to address abortion rights, private gun sales and environmental issues such as the rise in sea level. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights

Jan. 16, 2020 5:17 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday in a legal dispute over restoring voting rights to felons with unpaid fines — one of many clashes over the ballot box in a state that will play a crucial role in this year's presidential election. The court's...

This Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, booking photo released by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office shows Anthony Todt, who is charged with killing his wife, their three young children and a dog in an affluent suburb near Walt Disney World. The bodies were discovered Monday in Celebration, a community located near Orlando. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Therapist charged with killing family faced fraud probe

Jan. 16, 2020 3:40 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A physical therapist charged with killing his wife, three children and dog in a home near Walt Disney World and leaving their bodies there for days was being investigated in Connecticut for health care fraud motivated by his need to pay off personal loans, according to court documents...