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The Latest: Louis-Dreyfus references Kavanaugh at award

Oct. 21, 2018 11:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Julia Louis-Dreyfus receiving the 21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for an iconic career in comedy (all times local): 11 p.m. Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepted her Mark Twain award with an extended comedic bit and a few shots at new Supreme Court Justice Brett...

Maldives' Supreme Court refuses to annul presidential vote

Oct. 21, 2018 8:42 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' top court on Sunday dismissed the outgoing president's petition seeking an annulment of last month's presidential election result. The five-member Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the election was conducted within the law. No other details were immediately known. The...

Today in History

Oct. 21, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2018. There are 71 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1971, President Richard Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Both nominees were confirmed.) On this date: In 1797, the...

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...

Judge OKs logging project in Umpqua National Forest

Oct. 20, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by environmental groups to halt a 500-acre (200-hectare) logging project in western Oregon. The Capital Press reports in a story on Thursday that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane denied the request for a preliminary injunction of the logging...

Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

Oct. 19, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world's top ski destinations. The Idaho Conservation League in federal court documents made public Thursday agreed...

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...

US government seeks to recover painting stolen by Nazis

Oct. 19, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government wants a federal judge to facilitate returning a painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II to the heirs of a renowned Jewish art collector. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced the effort Friday. He wants to give back the 1639 painting by Salomon Koninck to the...

Court orders some fixes in Texas foster care, drops others

Oct. 19, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A federal appeals court says Texas must make improvements to abuse investigations within its foster care system and make sure workers have manageable caseloads, but the court also struck down dozens of other measures ordered by a judge. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling...