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The Latest: European Parl't should decide on Catalan leader

Nov. 12, 2019 5:11 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Catalan independence demands (all times local): 10:35 a.m. A top adviser to the EU's highest court says it should be down to the European Parliament to decide whether a jailed pro-independence Catalan leader who was elected as European lawmaker should qualify for immunity. In a...

Reporter goes to Australian High Court in press freedom case

Nov. 12, 2019 4:38 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A journalist went to Australia's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a search warrant that created outrage when it was executed on her home and triggered a national campaign for greater press freedom. Rival Australian media businesses banded together to fight for press freedom...

Protections for 660,000 immigrants on line at Supreme Court

Nov. 12, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protections for 660,000 immigrants are on the line at the Supreme Court. The justices are hearing arguments Tuesday on the Trump administration's bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation and...

Mulvaney to file his own impeachment lawsuit, lawyers say

Nov. 11, 2019 10:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney plans to file his own lawsuit over testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, withdrawing his bid to join a separate case filed last month by a former Trump adviser, his attorneys said Monday. The plans were revealed in a court filing in...

Condemned Georgia man launches another appeal for DNA tests

Nov. 11, 2019 7:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man sentenced to die Wednesday has launched another last-ditch appeal aimed at supporting his claims of innocence, asking a federal judge to stop his execution and order DNA testing on crime scene evidence. In court papers filed Friday in Valdosta, Cromartie's lawyers say such...

Virginia man pleads guilty in WWII dog tags theft

Nov. 11, 2019 4:47 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Virginia National Guard sergeant accused of stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland has pleaded guilty to a theft charge. Robert Rumsby of Fredericksburg, Virginia, entered a guilty plea to one misdemeanor count of...

Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against NY over tax returns

Nov. 11, 2019 3:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump's lawsuit against New York officials that was aimed at preventing the release of his tax returns. Judge Carl Nichols handed down a 19-page ruling, finding the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., does not have jurisdiction to...

Sage grouse court order trims energy lease auction in Nevada

Nov. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. land managers have withdrawn more than 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of public land from a swath of eastern Nevada where oil and gas drilling leases are set to go to auction. The move came after a judge blocked a Trump administration attempt to curtail protection of habitat...

Tennessee DACA recipients head to DC for immigration hearing

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For Alexa Maqueo-Toledo, who traveled with her mom to a small town in Tennessee from Mexico when she just a toddler, sitting back while the Supreme Court prepares to determine her future wasn't an option. The 19-year-old recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

As ruling nears, immigrant fights for anti-deportation act

Nov. 11, 2019 12:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Mexican immigrant fighting President Donald Trump's attempt to end a program shielding young immigrants from deportation says he is nervous about the case finally being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Martín Batalla Vidal is a lead plaintiff in one of the cases to preserve the...