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Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

Aug. 16, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats said Thursday they will file a federal lawsuit next month if government agencies deny their requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's days as an aide to President George W. Bush. The threat represents Democrats' latest attempt to focus the public...

The Latest: Gary Johnson: I'd 'probably' confirm Kavanaugh

Aug. 16, 2018 2:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Gary Johnson running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson says he likely would vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if he was in the U.S. Senate...

Rights group: Change needed for free election in Maldives

Aug. 16, 2018 3:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group said Thursday that the Maldives government is intimidating the political opposition and the media and that threatens the prospects for a fair presidential election next month. New-York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report that the...

Suburban Chicago man charged in prominent attorney's death

Aug. 16, 2018 1:57 AM EDT

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 66-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged in the death of a prominent attorney who argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Northfield police say John Gately III of Winnetka was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting late Monday of...

Exiled jurists symbolically sentence Maduro to 18 years

Aug. 15, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A panel of self-exiled Venezuelan judges holding a symbolic trial found President Nicolas Maduro guilty of corruption Wednesday and sentenced him to more than 18 years in prison. Ousted chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega accused Maduro of accepting $35 million from the Brazilian...

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

Aug. 15, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday....

Expensive renovations lead to impeachment, political feud

Aug. 15, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A taste for blue suede sofas, inlaid wooden floor maps and glass countertops has led to the retirement of two West Virginia Supreme Court justices and the impeachment of three others. It also has created a political firestorm, as Democrats accuse the Republican-led legislature of...

Germany creates 3rd gender identity for records: 'diverse'

Aug. 15, 2018 12:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a ruling from the country's highest court. In November, the Federal Constitutional Court decided that people must be allowed to be entered in...

Ex-dictatorship police agents sentenced in Chile

Aug. 14, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Supreme Court has sentenced 24 former police agents to prison for the disappearance of a man who was arrested during the "dirty war" crackdown on leftists under dictator Augusto Pinochet. The ruling released Tuesday says Jorge Arturo Grez Aburto was detained in 1974 by agents...

Prominent attorney fatally shot in suburban Chicago home

Aug. 14, 2018 3:49 PM EDT

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Police say an attorney who argued 30 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court has been fatally shot during a domestic altercation inside his suburban Chicago home. The Cook County medical examiner's office says 71-year-old Steve Shapiro died in the Monday night attack in Northfield....