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FILE — In this Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James adjusts her glasses as she announces that the state is suing the National Rifle Association during a press conference, in New York. A New York judge on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, denied the National Rifle Association's bid to throw out a state lawsuit that seeks to put the powerful gun advocacy group out of business. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Judge: NY lawsuit seeking NRA's dissolution can go forward

Jan. 21, 2021 5:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge on Thursday denied the National Rifle Association’s bid to throw out a state lawsuit that seeks to put the powerful gun advocacy group out of business. Judge Joel Cohen’s ruling will allow New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit to move ahead...

FILE - This photo from Wednesday March 7, 2012, shows Illinois gun owners and supporters file NRA applications during an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois State in Springfield, Ill. Lawyers for the influential gun-rights advocacy group told a federal judge Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that the organization’s recent decision to seek bankruptcy protection and reincorporate in gun-friendly Texas was not an attempt to dodge a lawsuit brought by the attorney general in New York, its current corporate home. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

NRA fights for its future in Texas, New York courts

Jan. 20, 2021 8:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association is in a double-barreled legal battle for its future, moving forward with its bankruptcy case while fighting accusations it only sought Chapter 11 protection to avoid a potentially crippling lawsuit. Lawyers for the influential advocacy group told a federal...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson dunks during the third quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Judge sides with Zion Williamson against ex-marketing agent

Jan. 20, 2021 7:59 PM EST

A federal judge in North Carolina has ruled in favor of New Orleans Pelicans player Zion Williamson in a case concerning a contract he terminated with a Florida-based marketing agent who is seeking $100 million in damages from the former Duke star. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs in Winston-Salem, North...

NJ high court overturns conviction over 'Shining' reference

Jan. 19, 2021 4:51 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme court has overturned a man's bank robbery conviction because of a prosecutor's reference to a classic horror movie. During closing arguments in the case against Damon Williams, the prosecutor showed jurors a photo from the movie “The Shining”...

Anti-scaling fencing has been placed in front of the Supreme Court, which stands across the street from the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alan Fram)

Supreme Court takes on early stage of global warming case

Jan. 19, 2021 2:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed cautious about siding with oil and gas companies in a case involving global warming. The case the court was hearing is not about whether the companies can be held responsible for harms resulting from global warming. Instead, it’s an important...

Arkansas court: Judge can't handle capital murder case

Jan. 14, 2021 7:11 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said a judge who was barred from hearing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty protest can't preside over a capital murder case. Justices granted a request by the state to prohibit Pulaski County Circuit Judge...

Some Uber, Lyft drivers sue over California ballot measure

Jan. 12, 2021 7:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers for app-based ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The lawsuit filed with the California Supreme Court said...

District says it shouldn't have to give workers gun training

Jan. 12, 2021 4:47 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A school district that voted after a deadly shooting to allow employees to be armed argued Tuesday in Ohio’s highest court that they shouldn’t have to first provide police-level training to those workers. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments from both sides in...

FILE - This Feb. 22, 2017, file photo provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Ryan Duke. Georgia's highest court heard arguments Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, on whether taxpayers should cover portions of the legal defense for Duke, a man facing trial in the 2005 slaying of Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade.  (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

Teacher killing trial makes detour to Georgia Supreme Court

Jan. 12, 2021 3:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court heard arguments Tuesday on whether taxpayers should cover portions of the legal defense for a man facing trial in the 2005 slaying of a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade. Ryan Duke had been scheduled to stand trial on...

Murder charge dismissed after debunked bite-mark testimony

Jan. 11, 2021 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Black man who spent more than a quarter-century on death row in the 1992 killing of a white woman. Eddie Lee Howard, now 67, was convicted multiple times of capital murder in the stabbing death of 84-year-old Georgia Kemp of...