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Lawyer: Man accused of threats to kill senators has dementia

Oct. 20, 2018 1:13 PM 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...

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...

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...

Man threatened to kill senators over Kavanaugh confirmation

Oct. 19, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man threatened to kill two U.S. senators for supporting Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal prosecutors said. Ronald Derisi, 74, of Smithtown, was charged Friday with threatening federal officials. He was scheduled to appear Friday at a federal court...

Supreme Court Justice Thomas stresses need for neutrality

Oct. 19, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says judicial independence and neutrality is as important as ever with public opinion deeply divided on high-profile issues. "It is becoming increasingly common for public opinion to galvanize behind particular outcomes and around particular...

AP-NORC Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth

Oct. 19, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when he heatedly rebuffed charges of sexual assault and heavy drinking during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and Republicans and Democrats hold starkly divergent views of whether his sworn testimony to senators was...

Trump administration seeks prompt immigration ruling

Oct. 18, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if a federal appeals court does not rule soon on the administration's decision to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. The U.S. Department of Justice wants the 9th U.S. Circuit...

Chief justice stresses independence in Minnesota speech

Oct. 16, 2018 10:30 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday stressed the need for the judicial branch to remain independent, taking note of the tumultuous debate over the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to say that the high court makes mistakes when it yields to political pressures. In a...

Nancy Pelosi: I'm confident Democrats will retake the House

Oct. 16, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she's confident Democrats will retake the House in next month's midterm elections. Pelosi, who stands to become speaker if her party captures the chamber, ticked off a legislative to-do list including lowering health care costs, spearheading a...