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SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: David faces Goliaths over pipeline

Apr. 23, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On one side of an upcoming Supreme Court case over a proposed natural gas pipeline in New Jersey are two lawyers with more than 250 arguments between them. On the other is Jeremy Feigenbaum, a lawyer for New Jersey who will be making his first Supreme Court appearance. ...

Texas ends clergy, spiritual advisers ban in death chamber

Apr. 22, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prisons have resumed allowing clergy as well as spiritual advisers in the death chamber, reversing a two-year ban created after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of an inmate who had argued his religious freedom was being violated because his Buddhist...

Board: districts must pay for 3 to attend religious schools

Apr. 22, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Citing a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision that says states can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, the Vermont State Board of Education has decided that the school districts of three students must pay the tuition for...

Polish legal body rejects prosecutor request to arrest judge

Apr. 22, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A controversial disciplinary body within Poland's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a prosecutor's request to arrest a judge who has become a symbol of resistance for those who believe judicial independence is threatened in the country. The...

High court moves away from leniency for minors who murder

Apr. 22, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday to sentence minors convicted of murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a ruling that reflects a change in course driven by a more conservative group of justices. In a dissent, a liberal...

Supreme Court cuts back FTC power to seek ill-gotten gains

Apr. 22, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Thursday cut back the Federal Trade Commission's authority to recover ill-gotten gains, overturning a nearly $1.3 billion award against a professional race car driver who was convicted of cheating consumers through his payday loan businesses. ...

German 'emergency brake' plan clears last legislative hurdle

Apr. 22, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday as it was passed by parliament's upper house. The upper house,...

Guatemala prosecutors pursue ex-president Jimmy Morales

Apr. 21, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors on Wednesday requested that former President Jimmy Morales be stripped of his immunity so he can be prosecuted for violating the mandate of the United Nations-backed anti-corruption mission then working in the country. ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 21, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 21 The Buffalo News on climate change, Earth Day and President Joe Biden's environmental plan: The realities of climate change present...

Teen's death puts focus on split-second police decisions

Apr. 20, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

It happened in less than a second. Thirteen-year-old Adam Toledo dropped the gun he'd been holding, turned and began raising his hands just as the officer had commanded. Then the cop fired a single shot, killing the boy in the dark Chicago alley. The...