Latest National courts News

Judge weighs bail for Epstein; women urge jail until trial

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge to...

Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbance

Jul. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Australian model has been sentenced in Los Angeles to community service and probation but no prison time for slapping a flight attendant and going on an obscene tirade during a flight. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney sentenced Adau Mornyang on Monday to three years of probation...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who birthed a baby into a toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández had already...

North Carolina partisan gerrymandering trial begins

Jul. 15, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Election advocacy groups and Democrats are arguing in state court that North Carolina Republicans unlawfully discriminated against voters based on political leanings when they drew legislative maps to preserve GOP majorities Lawyers for Common Cause, the state Democratic Party and...

Judge combines R. Kelly hearings in separate federal cases

Jul. 15, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal court hearing for R&B singer R. Kelly has been pushed back a day and will instead be held Tuesday when the singer was expected to be arraigned. Federal judges were supposed to meet Monday in Chicago to figure how to proceed in the case that involves separate indictments out of...

Latest: Oklahoma prosecutor calls drugmaker opioid 'kingpin'

Jul. 15, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma's lawsuit against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries over the opioid crisis (all times local): 9:25 a.m. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has described consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson as the "kingpin" company...

Guatemala cancels meeting between Morales and Trump

Jul. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A meeting in Washington between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales purportedly over a potential "safe third country" agreement for asylum seekers has been canceled, Guatemala's office of the presidency said Sunday. The presidency said that the...

The Latest: National Guard trying to rescue family of 5

Jul. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): ___ 11:40 p.m. Authorities are trying to rescue a family of five who are trapped by high water in a south Louisiana home. KTBS-TV reports that the family was trapped Saturday night in the town of Franklin. The Shreveport television station reports...

Court order blocking contraception exemptions upheld

Jul. 13, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld a lower court order that blocked the Trump administration from enforcing rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Friday that...

Today in History

Jul. 13, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 13, the 194th day of 2019. There are 171 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 13, 1985, "Live Aid," an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa's starving people. On this date: In...