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Panel won't dismiss complaint over judge's execution protest

Aug. 20, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A disciplinary panel said Monday it won't dismiss an effort to sanction an Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline...

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

Aug. 15, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday....

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...

County to appeal ruling in lawsuit over Joe Arpaio's patrols

Aug. 7, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's most populous county plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that concluded it is liable in lawsuits over former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's crackdowns on immigrants during traffic stops. A judge said Arpaio, known for housing jail inmates in tents in triple-digit heat and...

Appeals court: No immunity for agent in cross-border killing

Aug. 7, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teen on the other side of the border doesn't have immunity and can be sued by the boy's family for violating his civil rights. The ruling on Tuesday has wide implications and came almost two years after...

Influence of organized labor gets big test in Missouri vote

Aug. 4, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor's clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. The statewide vote in Tuesday's primary...

With scant record, Supreme Court nominee elusive on abortion

Aug. 3, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court. One was in a dissent in the case of a 17-year-old migrant seeking to terminate her pregnancy. The other was a speech before a...

US Supreme Court ruling in union dues impacts case in Oregon

Jul. 30, 2018 9:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state employee and a labor union have reached a settlement over her lawsuit seeking payback of obligatory union fees, marking the first refund of forced fees since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June that government workers can't be required to contribute to labor groups,...

Supreme Court keeps 'climate kids' suit on track for trial

Jul. 30, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected another Trump administration request to halt proceedings in a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government isn't doing enough to prevent climate change. The high court said Monday that the government's request for relief is premature. The...

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh's gun views are clear

Jul. 30, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he recognizes that gun, drug and gang violence "has plagued all of us." Still, he believes the Constitution limits how far government can go to restrict gun use to prevent crime. As a federal appeals court judge, Kavanaugh made it clear...