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Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid. If the judge declines to do so, justices said Saturday that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff must explain why and give the...

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media during his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker's COVID-19 moves

May. 23, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department intervened Friday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The federal government filed a statement of interest in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis supporting the lawsuit filed by...

ER doctor charged with child porn, hiding camera in bathroom

May. 22, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former emergency room doctor at Vermont's largest hospital who was charged last month with setting up a video camera in a staff bathroom is now facing federal child pornography charges. Eike Blohm, 38, of South Burlington appeared in court Friday where he was ordered held pending...

Barber Rudy Soliz gives Brian Barnett a haircut at the San Marcos Barber Shop in San Marcos, Texas, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Businesses in Texas closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to open in phases; bars are permitted to open Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Supreme Court justice tests positive for coronavirus

May. 21, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas Supreme Court justice said Thursday that she and her husband have tested positive for COVID-19 after going to a drive-through testing center with symptoms including body aches and fevers. Justice Debra Lehrmann tweeted that she and her husband, Greg, tested positive for the...

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Court says dinosaur fossils worth millions aren't minerals

May. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Dinosaur fossils aren't minerals under state law, a divided Montana Supreme Court said in a ruling Wednesday that has implications in an ongoing legal battle over the ownership of millions of dollars of fossils unearthed on an eastern Montana ranch. Lige and Mary Ann Murray own the...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: UN chief warns pandenic threatens Africa

May. 20, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN Secretary-General warns virus pandemic threatens...

FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people hold signs protesting Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's executive order that shut down much of the state's economy and imposed social distancing, in her effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, rally outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. A judge in rural Oregon on Monday, May 18, tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Brown, saying she didn’t seek the Legislature's approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon high court keeps state virus restrictions in place

May. 19, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has kept statewide virus restrictions in place by halting a judge’s order to end them in a lawsuit claiming the governor exceeded her authority when she shut down in-person religious services. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff ruled Monday...

In this Monday, April 20, 2020 photo, inventory clerk Teresa Barajas, left, and warehouse supervisor Maribel Juarez work on elections business as part of a skeleton staff, as the department navigates elections during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Cameron County Elections Department in Brownsville, Texas.  (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

Federal judge orders expansion of mail-in voting in Texas

May. 19, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday ordered Texas to allow any of the state's 16 million voters to cast a ballot by mail over fears of the coronavirus, paving the way for what would be one of the most dramatic expansions of mail-in voting in the country. The decision is unlikely to be the last...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington. Musk is threatening to pull the company’s factory and headquarters out of California in an escalating spat with local officials over reopening an electric vehicle plant. On Twitter Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2020. Musk also threatened to sue over Health Department coronavirus restrictions that have stopped Tesla from restarting production at its factory in Fremont south of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Tesla shareholder suit over Elon Musk tweets remains on hold

May. 19, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has denied a request by attorneys for Tesla shareholders to pursue a lawsuit seeking to prevent CEO Elon Musk from using his personal Twitter account to disseminate information regarding the electric vehicle and solar panel manufacturer. Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights...

Jail in virus hot spot holds dozens authorized for release

May. 19, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland jail in a COVID-19 hot spot is detaining more than 100 prisoners who have been authorized or ordered by a court to be released, according to civil rights attorneys who sued over jail conditions during the pandemic. The Prince George’s County Jail is holding at...