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Immigration cases tossed in fallout from high court ruling

Aug. 13, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown out, bringing more chaos to a system that was already besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy...

Tennessee carries out its 1st execution in nearly a decade

Aug. 9, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security...

The Latest: Inmate just before execution: 'I'm really sorry'

Aug. 9, 2018 9:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Tennessee inmate Billy Ray Irick (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Witnesses to Tennessee's first execution in nearly a decade say inmate Billy Ray Irick at first signaled he would have no last words, but then gave a brief statement to those watching....

Today in History

Aug. 8, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2018. There are 145 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announced he would resign the following day. On this date: In 1815, Napoleon...

Today in History

Aug. 6, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2018. There are 147 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000...

Senate veteran returns to action as Supreme Court Sherpa

Jul. 12, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Kyl trekked back to the Capitol with a name tag hanging around his neck, but he didn't need one. Kyl was a Republican senator from Arizona for three terms, which is why Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the White House wanted him to guide President Donald Trump's Supreme Court...

2 Supreme Court nominations made, Trump may have none to go

Jul. 12, 2018 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What would it take for President Donald Trump to get yet another Supreme Court pick? Probably the death of a justice. Trump has speculated that he could appoint a majority of the nine-member court. But it has been three decades since a president has been able to name more than two...

Kavanaugh would feel right at home among all-Ivy justices

Jul. 12, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts will soon lose his majority on the Supreme Court. With Judge Brett Kavanaugh nominated to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, Harvard Law's 5-3 advantage over Yale could become a 4-4 tie. The justices' all-Ivy background — Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a...

Kavanaugh would be at home on East Coast-tilted high court

Jul. 11, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts will soon lose his majority on the Supreme Court. With Judge Brett Kavanaugh nominated to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, Harvard Law's 5-3 advantage over Yale could become a 4-4 tie. The justices' all-Ivy background — Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a...

Smile! Supreme Court nominees and the art of the schmooze

Jul. 11, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh's wooing of the Senate is part of a time-honored tradition, including awkward grip-and-grin photo ops and light conversation that skirts the contentious issues that lie ahead. Here's what to watch for as Kavanaugh makes the rounds on Capitol Hill ahead of his confirmation...