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Today in History

Jun. 20, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2018. There are 194 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 20, 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother. On this date: In 1782, Congress approved...

Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice

Jun. 19, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court upheld the expulsion of its chief justice, the authoritarian president's highest-ranking critic, in a final ruling Tuesday that critics warned is unconstitutional and threatens judicial independence and the country's democracy. Justices voted 8-6 to...

High court decision extends legal battle over gerrymandering

Jun. 19, 2018 12:55 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats hoped a Wisconsin case would be the vehicle the U.S. Supreme Court would use to strike down highly partisan gerrymandering of electoral maps. When those hopes fizzled Monday, attention turned to North Carolina. A case challenging that battleground state's congressional...

Court includes Ecuador's ex-President Correa in kidnap probe

Jun. 18, 2018 7:55 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's highest court has ordered former President Rafael Correa included in an investigation into a 2012 botched kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker. The judge in charge of the case gave Correa a month to clear his name. He has not been charged. The proceedings Monday dealt with...

Musician wins suit against ex who sabotaged his scholarship

Jun. 18, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has been ordered to pay more than $200,000 to her ex-boyfriend for sabotaging his opportunity at a prestigious scholarship because she didn't want him to leave. Eric Abramovitz, currently with the Nashville Symphony in Tennessee, is a Canadian clarinetist who in 2013 applied...

Supreme Court to hear appeal from Alaska hovercraft owner

Jun. 18, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska resident John Sturgeon is getting a second crack at the Supreme Court in his fight to get his hovercraft back on the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The justices agreed Monday to review a federal appeals court ruling that sided with the National Park Service and against...

Trump admin. asks high court to halt sanctuary cities ruling

Jun. 18, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow it to largely implement a policy of withholding public safety grants from "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement policies. The Trump administration filed a brief Monday...

Supreme Court leaves door open to curbing partisan districts

Jun. 18, 2018 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed electoral maps that were challenged as excessively partisan to remain in place for now, declining to rule on the bigger issue of whether to put limits on redistricting for political gain. The court issued a pair of unanimous rulings in partisan...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

Jun. 18, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims. The cases are among several that have been...

Justice Department deputy wins Supreme Court case

Jun. 18, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled for the Trump administration in a case about prison terms that was argued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The justices said in a 5-3 decision Monday that judges need not provide detailed explanations when modifying a prison sentence. The case has...