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Justices appear ready to void Tennessee alcohol sales law

Jan. 16, 2019 1:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to strike down a Tennessee provision that requires people to live in the state for two years before obtaining a license to sell alcohol. Several justices said the restriction unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state economic...

Prosecutors want 30 years for teacher who fled with student

Jan. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors want a Tennessee teacher who was on the run for weeks with a 15-year-old student to spend 30 years in prison. A federal judge is scheduled to sentence Tad Cummins on Wednesday in Nashville. In a sentencing memorandum filed Monday, prosecutors argue the...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

Texas man gets 35 years in 8-state child pornography scheme

Jan. 16, 2019 12:19 PM EST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Illinois say a Texas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison on child pornography charges involving more than 40 girls in eight states. Prosecutors said Tuesday 36-year-old Mark P. Barnwell of Whitehouse, Texas, was sentenced on Jan. 9. Authorities say he...

Judge hears major Puerto Rico debt restructuring case

Jan. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A court hearing on a major restructuring of Puerto Rico's massive debt opened on Wednesday, with protesters warning the deal would further indebt the U.S. territory and supporters arguing it would secure funds that the government urgently needs. The hearing involves more than...

Romania: Ruling on intelligence pact puts trials in doubt

Jan. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that secret protocols between prosecutors and the country's domestic intelligence agency were unconstitutional. The decision, reached in a 6-3 vote, could cause murder and corruption trials in which prosecutors have relied on...

Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

Jan. 16, 2019 7:50 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate. She spends her days in seclusion for fear of being targeted by angry mobs clamoring for her death. In her...

Israeli police probe suspicious attempts to appoint 2 judges

Jan. 16, 2019 4:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they are investigating allegations rocking Israel's legal system involving suspicious attempts to appoint two judges. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday the Lahav 433 investigative body is looking into "offenses of integrity" regarding attempts to appoint...

Mexico's Supreme Court overturns state migrant ID law

Jan. 15, 2019 8:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court has overturned a law passed in Jalisco state that required migrants to show identification documents to police. The ruling won praise from the country's human rights commission, which considered the law a violation of migrants' rights to privacy. The court said...

Final defendant sentenced in Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada

Jan. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's bodyguard in confrontations with U.S land management agents became the last of 19 defendants from 11 states to be sentenced on Tuesday in an armed standoff nearly five years ago. Brian "Booda" Cavalier, 47, of Mesa, Arizona, was told he won't serve any more...