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The Latest: Survivor of executed serial killer at peace now

May. 23, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long (all times local): 8:30 p.m. A woman who survived an assault by convicted Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long says his execution brought her peace. Lisa Noland sat in the front row at Thursday's execution of the...

N Carolina man released after serving more than 40 years

May. 23, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who once was on death row and then served more than 40 years in prison for a shopkeeper's slaying in a failed robbery attempt was headed home Thursday. Attorney Theresa Newman, co-director of the Duke Wrongful Convictions Clinic, said 81-year-old Charles Ray Finch...

Judge denies request to dismiss lawsuits over church attack

May. 23, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a defense request to claims against the U.S. Air Force stemming from a 2017 massacre at a Texas church that left more than two dozen people dead. Relatives of those killed or injured at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs sued the federal...

USSF, promoter clash in court over international matches

May. 23, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for a promoter asked a judge to order the U.S. Soccer Federation to sanction international league matches in the United States. The USSF last month denied an application by Relevent Sports, a company owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, to have Ecuador's Barcelona and...

Judge weighs court's role in dispute over border wall

May. 23, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether courts should intervene in a political dispute between Congress and President Donald Trump over funding the border wall. Judge Trevor McFadden on Thursday questioned attorneys for the House of Representatives, which brought the lawsuit last month, on...

Judge rejects plea deal for ex-officer who abused minors

May. 23, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a plea deal for a former Kentucky police officer who admitted to sexually abusing minors in the Louisville police department's now defunct youth program. News outlets report U.S. District Court Judge David Hale said Thursday that the proposed 15-year...

July 9 appeal arguments set in 'Obamacare' case

May. 23, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A court has scheduled a July 9 hearing on a Texas-based judge's ruling that former President Barack Obama's signature health care law is unconstitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans set the hearing date Tuesday. The law's opponents want a 5th Circuit panel to...

'Real Housewives' husband wins reprieve in deportation fight

May. 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the husband of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Teresa Giudice can stay in the U.S. as he appeals deportation to his native Italy. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia delayed Joe Giudice's deportation in an order published...

Hunger-striking Greek extremist wins new hope of jail leave

May. 23, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court on Thursday ordered lower judges to reconsider granting a new temporary leave from prison to a far-left extremist serving 11 life sentences, who has been on hunger strike for three weeks after his initial request was rejected. Dimitris Koufodinas is in intensive...

Deputy is fired a day after filing to run against sheriff

May. 23, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy was fired a day after filing to run against his boss in a 2020 sheriff's race. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson fired Deputy Marco Lopez last week after he refused to resign. In a termination letter, the sheriff cited federal court...