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North Carolina lawmakers redraw state’s congressional map

Nov. 15, 2019 7:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized Friday, with its lines redrawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias and endangering reelection prospects for two Republicans next year. The GOP-controlled General Assembly enacted boundaries for...

Florida gov appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 7:13 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

Boeing settles several more lawsuits over Max plane crashes

Nov. 15, 2019 7:01 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing is settling a few more of the roughly 150 lawsuits filed by families of passengers killed in two crashes of the 737 Max jet. A Seattle law firm said Friday it settled four of the 46 cases it’s handling for families of passengers who were on board a Lion Air Max that crashed off...

December sentencing date set for ex-Trump aide Rick Gates

Nov. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set a sentencing date for next month for former Trump campaign official Rick Gates. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson scheduled the sentencing for the morning of December 17 in Washington’s federal court. Gates pleaded guilty in February 2018 in special counsel...

Judge says MASN should pay Nats based on MLB panel decision

Nov. 15, 2019 4:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered lawyers for the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles to submit a proposed judgment of what the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network should pay Washington for television rights from 2012-16 based on the decision issued in April by an arbitration panel of three baseball executives. New...

Supreme Court steps into Google-Oracle copyright fight

Nov. 15, 2019 3:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will referee a high-profile copyright dispute between technology giants Oracle and Google. Oracle says it wants nearly $9 billion from Google. The case stems from Google’s development of its hugely popular Android operating system by using...

Judge: US-born woman who joined Islamic State not citizen

Nov. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the U.S. government was correct when it determined a woman who joined the Islamic State group was not an American citizen despite her birth in the country. Lawyers for the family of the woman said Friday that they plan to appeal the ruling. “This is not...

Trump asks justices for temporary block of House subpoena

Nov. 15, 2019 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants the Supreme Court to keep House Democrats from getting his financial records at least until the justices resolve a broader fight over efforts to subpoena a sitting president’s records. Trump filed an emergency appeal with the court Friday in a case from...

Court denies ex-Detroit mayor’s motion to get out of prison

Nov. 15, 2019 3:03 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has denied ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s latest effort to get out of prison. The order was filed Friday on Kilpatrick’s motion arguing, among other things, that U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds was biased and should have recused...