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Lawyer: Man accused of threats to kill senators has dementia

Oct. 20, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, New York (AP) — A man charged with threatening to kill U.S. senators over Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation has dementia and isn't dangerous, his lawyer said as the 74-year-old was ordered held without bail. Ronald DeRisi was arraigned Friday after prosecutors said he left a...

Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

Oct. 19, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world's top ski destinations. The Idaho Conservation League in federal court documents made public Thursday agreed...

US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

Oct. 19, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Chief Justice John Roberts signed an order...

The Latest: Supreme Court stalls youth climate change case

Oct. 19, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a youth climate change lawsuit against U.S. government (all times local): 4:10 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit that 21 young activists brought against the federal government. The order issued Friday by Chief Justice John...

US government seeks to recover painting stolen by Nazis

Oct. 19, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government wants a federal judge to facilitate returning a painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II to the heirs of a renowned Jewish art collector. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced the effort Friday. He wants to give back the 1639 painting by Salomon Koninck to the...

Court orders some fixes in Texas foster care, drops others

Oct. 19, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A federal appeals court says Texas must make improvements to abuse investigations within its foster care system and make sure workers have manageable caseloads, but the court also struck down dozens of other measures ordered by a judge. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling...

Ex-Navy commander gets more than 2 years in bribery case

Oct. 19, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. Navy commander has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to accepting lavish dinners, drinks and the services of prostitutes in exchange for providing ship schedules to a Malaysian defense contractor at the center of one of the military's worst...

Sessions says reforms of Chicago police could boost crime

Oct. 19, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned Friday that reforms planned for the Chicago police force could cause a surge in violent crime and pointed to the recent murder conviction of a police officer as evidence that such reforms aren't necessary because officers who break the law are already...

Manafort to be sentenced in February; appears in wheelchair

Oct. 19, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has set a February sentencing date for Paul Manafort, who appeared in court Friday for a post-trial hearing in a wheelchair and green jail jumpsuit. The hearing in federal court in Alexandria was largely procedural, but provided the first glimpse of the former Trump campaign...

Maryland asks Supreme Court to uphold law on drug pricing

Oct. 19, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging. The Maryland law, which was struck down by a federal appeals court panel this year, enabled the state's attorney general to sue...