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Lawsuit challenges Medicaid work requirements in Michigan

Nov. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Recipients of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program have filed a lawsuit challenging new work requirements that take effect in January. The suit was filed Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C. Health advocates say the Trump administration had no authority to approve the...

Bill for Nationals-Orioles TV dispute tops $99 million

Nov. 22, 2019 2:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The bill is coming due for what the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network should pay the Washington Nationals for television rights for 2012-16: more than $99 million. A proposed judgment was submitted Friday in New York Supreme Court. The court in August upheld an April 15 decision by a Major League...

Supreme Court will hear case over no-fly list

Nov. 22, 2019 12:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up the Trump administration’s bid to end a lawsuit filed by Muslim men who say they were placed on the government’s no-fly list because they refused to serve as FBI informants. The three foreign-born men claim in the lawsuit that their religious...

Poland approves controversial judges to constitutional court

Nov. 22, 2019 12:12 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s parliament elected three ruling party nominees as judges to the constitutional court, including two widely denounced by opposition lawmakers, raising concerns about the court’s independence. Parliament voted the judges in late Thursday during a heated session...

Military same-sex spouse denied Alaska oil check sues

Nov. 21, 2019 9:50 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman alleges the state is wrongly enforcing laws barring recognition of same-sex marriages, five years after a federal judge found such a ban to be unconstitutional. In a lawsuit, attorneys for Denali Nicole Smith say Smith was denied eligibility for the check paid to...

Judge gives final approval to Houston-area bail deal

Nov. 21, 2019 9:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement in a lawsuit over the bail system in Texas' most populous county which ensures that most people accused of misdemeanor offenses don't languish in jail. The bail system in Harris County, where Houston is located, had been deemed...

California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

Trial rescheduled for man charged with making racist threats

Nov. 21, 2019 7:54 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Court officials say the upcoming trial of a white man charged with making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia has been postponed. A federal judge on Thursday pushed back the trial date for Daniel McMahon of Brandon, Florida. The trial was originally scheduled to...

House urges court to lift hold on subpoena for Trump records

Nov. 21, 2019 7:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Manhattan’s top prosecutor told the Supreme Court Thursday that President Donald Trump’s arguments to shield his tax returns and financial records are weak, and not deserving of the justices’ intervention. The Democrats said they should be allowed...

AP Exclusive: DOJ would take halted executions to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours after a district court judge temporarily...