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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...

Prosecution rests in Manafort tax evasion and fraud trial

Aug. 13, 2018 10:28 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday rested their tax evasion and bank fraud case in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, closing two weeks of testimony that depicted him as using millions of dollars hidden in offshore accounts to fund a luxurious lifestyle — and later...

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....

The Latest: Manafort judge closes court for sealed motion

Aug. 13, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial has closed the courtroom from the public while he hears argument on a sealed motion filed by the former Trump campaign chairman. U.S. District Judge...

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,...

Immigration cases tossed in fallout from high court ruling

Aug. 13, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown out, bringing more chaos to a system that was already besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy...

The Latest: West Virginia Justice Loughry impeached

Aug. 13, 2018 1:43 PM 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): 1:20 p.m. West Virginia's House of Delegates has impeached suspended Justice Allen Loughry over $363,000 in spending on his office...

Church abuse report, 2 years in works, may soon be released

Aug. 12, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A damning report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members and efforts to cover it up in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses is expected to be released in the coming days. The public disclosure of the findings, the result of an almost...

Memo shows Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president

Aug. 11, 2018 5:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. The memo, tucked toward the end of nearly 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater...

Judge rules against 3rd trial for US agent in fatal shooting

Aug. 10, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. State Department agent who shot and killed a man in a Hawaii fast-food restaurant cannot be tried a third time, a U.S. judge ruled Friday. Hawaii prosecutors may not proceed with a retrial against Special Agent Christopher Deedy, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu ruled....