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Federal court lifts CDC rules for Florida-based cruise ships

Jul. 23, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships are no longer in place under a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seek to fight a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. A three-judge...

Stitt taps Tulsa man for AG despite 'not qualified' rating

Jul. 23, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa attorney whom the American Bar Association rated as “ not qualified " to serve as a federal judge was tapped Friday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to serve as the state's next attorney general. After a two-month search that began in May...

US women tell 9th Circuit trial court didn't factor success

Jul. 23, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team urged a federal appeals court to reinstate their equal pay lawsuit, saying their greater success than the American men was not taken into account by a trial court judge who dismissed their case. ...

Messy Grand Teton camp draws bear; Idaho woman fined $5.8K

Jul. 23, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ordered an Idaho woman to pay over $5,800 for leaving trash out that attracted a grizzly bear to her campsite in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife officials had to tranquilize the bear and move it by boat elsewhere in the park...

Bid to block Nevada death penalty drug plan draws 2nd inmate

Jul. 23, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A second condemned inmate is asking a federal judge in Las Vegas to add him to legal challenges being made to the never-before-used method that Nevada prison officials want to employ for their first lethal injection in 15 years. Attorneys for Zane...

Appeals court upholds dismissal of ousted lawmaker's lawsuit

Jul. 23, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Arizona legislator who was expelled by the state House in 2018 for sexual harassment. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a Thursday opinion...

Ruling leaves immigrants who newly applied for DACA in limbo

Jul. 23, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the text message popped up on his phone, Samuel Alfaro didn't want to believe it. It said his appointment with U.S. immigration services about his application to join the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the one he had been waiting on...

EXPLAINER: Does suspension end Giuliani's career in law?

Jul. 23, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The days of practicing law for the mob-busting prosecutor turned point man for pushing Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election may be over. Rudy Giuliani’s law license has already been suspended in his home state. That suspension, in...

Satanic Temple suit over Boston council prayer moves forward

Jul. 23, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple against Boston to move forward. U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs rejected the city's bid to dismiss the Salem-based group's lawsuit challenging the Boston City Council's...

US seeks to drop Chinese researcher's visa fraud case

Jul. 23, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. prosecutors sought Thursday to drop their case against a Chinese researcher accused of concealing her ties to the Chinese military on a visa application so she could work in the U.S. In documents filed in federal court in Sacramento,...