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Sentence doubled for Israeli policeman who shot Palestinian

Aug. 19, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has doubled the sentence of a former border policeman who was convicted in the death of a stone-throwing Palestinian teenager in 2014. The court on Sunday upheld a state appeal for a longer sentence, extending Ben Deri's imprisonment from nine months to 18 months....

Iraq's top court ratifies manual recount of May ballots

Aug. 19, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top court has ratified the results of the country's May parliamentary elections following a manual ballot recount ordered by the outgoing chamber following charges of irregularities. The Federal Court's decision on Sunday paves the way for the president to summon lawmakers to an...

Lawsuit challenging immigrant arrests goes before judge

Aug. 19, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging the arrest of immigrants seeking legal residency through marriage. The Monday hearing will address the government's arguments to dismiss the class action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of...

Judge upholds delay of anti-segregation housing rule

Aug. 18, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a decision by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to delay an Obama-era anti-discrimination rule. Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by a group of civil rights...

Judge tells US officials, ACLU to come up with asylum plan

Aug. 17, 2018 10:16 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday called on the U.S. government and the American Civil Liberties Union to come up with a plan to address the rights of parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum. The request was made during a hearing a day after U.S. District Judge Dana...

Alaska man gets life in prison for Florida airport shooting

Aug. 17, 2018 9:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An Alaska man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded, a federal judge ordered Friday. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom accepted a plea deal in which Esteban Santiago, 28, agreed to admit to the shooting...

Justice lawyers try to halt Trump financial records release

Aug. 17, 2018 8:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to let them file a legal appeal that could, for now, keep President Donald Trump's critics from getting access to financial records related to his Washington, D.C., hotel. Trump has been fighting multiple lawsuits that argue that...

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

Aug. 17, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species....

DC judge: For now, no need to accept new DACA applications

Aug. 17, 2018 7:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington who ruled against the Trump administration's plans to end a federal program that shields some young immigrants from deportation won't require the administration to process new applications while it appeals his ruling. The Deferred Action for Childhood...

The Latest: Manafort jury sent home for the weekend

Aug. 17, 2018 5:08 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Paul Manafort (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sent home for the weekend after concluding a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. Judge T.S. Ellis III sent...