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Court battles go down to count deadline in Pa. Senate race

May. 24, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick went to Pennsylvania's highest court Tuesday in an eleventh-hour bid to help him close the gap in votes with celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania's neck-and-neck Republican primary contest for U.S. Senate. ...

Judge keeps Democrat running for Georgia regulator on ballot

May. 24, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Democrat running for the Georgia Public Service Commission stayed on the ballot Tuesday after a judge blocked a Monday decision by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to disqualify her over residency issues. Patty Durand of Conyers is one of two Democrats...

Arizona court upholds man's convictions, death sentences

May. 24, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a man's convictions and death sentences in the 2012 killing of his nine-months pregnant girlfriend who was bound, handcuffed and gagged when her partially burned body was found in a bed by firefighters responding to an apartment fire. ...

Lower Brule tribe sues Lyman County over redistricting plan

May. 24, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is suing Lyman County in federal court for delaying a redistricting plan that would ensure the timely election of tribal candidates to the County Commission. The tribe says the delay prevents them from electing two commissioners in...

McCormick sues over counting mail ballots in Pa. Senate race

May. 23, 2022 19:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The campaign of David McCormick, who is in a neck-and-neck Republican primary contest for the U.S. Senate against celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, sued in a Pennsylvania court Monday to try to ensure counties obey a brand-new federal appeals court decision that could...

4 Republicans vying for secretary of state nomination

May. 21, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Four Republicans are vying for the nomination for Alabama secretary of state, the official responsible for overseeing state elections. Ed Packard, who worked in the secretary of state’s elections division for nearly 25 years, faces State Auditor Jim...

Court rules on mail ballots as Senate race votes are counted

May. 20, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal court ruled Friday that mail-in ballots without a required date on the return envelope must be allowed in a 2021 Pennsylvania county judge race, a decision that could complicate the ongoing process of vote counting in the state's neck-and-neck U.S. Senate...

Elko man convicted of murdering Spring Creek teen in 2020

May. 20, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — An Elko County jury has found a 20-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder and sexual assault with a deadly weapon in the death of a Spring Creek teenager two years ago. The same jury will return to district court Monday for the penalty phase after convicting...

Woman accused in dismemberment slaying competent for trial

May. 20, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A judge in Brown County has ruled a woman accused of killing and dismembering a man in Green Bay is competent to stand trial. The decision means Taylor Schabusiness understands the legal proceedings and can assist in her defense. The 24-year-old Green Bay...

Ex-deputy gets 18 years after detainees drown in locked van

May. 19, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a cage in the back was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. A Marion County...