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The Latest: New Mexico defendant in immigration custody

Aug. 14, 2018 9:35 PM EDT

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on 11 children found living in a filthy, makeshift compound in New Mexico (all times local): 7:20 p.m. A sheriff in New Mexico says a woman arrested in a raid on a compound and charged with child abuse has been turned over to federal immigration authorities. Taos County Sheriff...

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

Aug. 14, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the poorest states in America has triggered an...

Ohio high court upholds trafficked girl's murder conviction

Aug. 14, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction of a woman whose forced prostitution as a teenager was cited as a factor leading to her involvement in the fatal shooting of her pimp during a robbery. The court's 6-1 decision came in the case of a 2013 slaying of the...

Tennessee high court fast-tracks lethal injection challenge

Aug. 14, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court is fast-tracking the appeal in a challenge of the state's lethal injection drugs. After the move Monday, Justice Sharon Lee warned in her dissent that the court's review shouldn't be "so hurried that it is meaningless" in an apparent effort to clear the...

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis retires after her impeachment; 3 others to face Senate trial

Aug. 14, 2018 10:05 AM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis retires after her impeachment; 3 others to face Senate trial.

Lawmakers impeach all 4 W.Va. court justices over spending

Aug. 14, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment. The state House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Allen Loughry on...

The Latest: All 4 West Virginia justices impeached

Aug. 14, 2018 12:00 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on an impeachment hearing in the West Virginia House of Delegates concerning members of the state Supreme Court (all times local): 11:50 p.m. The West Virginia House of Delegates has impeached all four of the state's Supreme Court justices. The Republican-led House on...

The Latest: 60K sign petition to oppose Nebraska execution

Aug. 13, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska preparing for its first execution since 1997 (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Death penalty opponents say they have gathered more than 60,000 signatures calling on Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts to stop the state from carrying out its first execution since 1997....

Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

Aug. 13, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Three years after Nebraska lawmakers voted to abolish capital punishment, the state is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday in a bewildering about-face driven largely by the state's Republican governor. Gov. Pete Ricketts, a wealthy former businessman,...

Court: Police dash camera recordings not public records

Aug. 13, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A divided New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that police videos of an arrest that led to criminal charges against an officer can be shielded from disclosure under public records laws. The 4-3 ruling found that because there's no law mandating the recordings be made, they aren't...