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FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building in Washington. As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the Supreme Court late Wednesday, Nov. 25, temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The court’s action won’t have any immediate impact since the two groups that sued as a result of the restrictions, the Catholic church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, are no longer subject to them.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

Nov. 26, 2020 12:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the...

Soldiers stand at the entrance of a courthouse before the trial of 475 defendants, including generals and fighter jet pilots, in Sincan, Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. A Turkish court sentenced several military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences on Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in a failed coup attempt in 2016, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo)

Pilots, civilians given life terms over Turkey's 2016 coup

Nov. 26, 2020 12:23 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court sentenced hundreds of military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in the 2016 failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. A total of 475 defendants, including some...

Judge halts further vote certification; Gov. Wolf appeals

Nov. 25, 2020 5:59 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to halt any further steps toward certifying election results, a day after Gov. Tom Wolf said he had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania. Wolf's administration...

Arizona high court revives challenge over immigrant tuition

Nov. 25, 2020 5:10 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday revived part of a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general over immigrants in the country illegally paying in-state university tuition — an allowance that ended two years ago — but shut down his ability to sue over high college costs...

Nevada judge denies US House candidate's do-over request

Nov. 25, 2020 4:39 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas on Wednesday dismissed a case brought by a Republican congressional candidate that asked for a re-do of the Nov. 3 election he lost to an incumbent Las Vegas-area Democrat. Clark County District Court Judge Trevor Atkin denied the request from former professional...

Court: Ex-cop can try to rescind plea in suitcase death

Nov. 25, 2020 3:46 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former suburban Milwaukee police officer convicted of killing two women during sex and stuffing their corpses into suitcases can keep trying to withdraw his guilty plea in one of the cases, a Wisconsin appeals court ruled Wednesday. Steven Zelich, of West Allis, pleaded guilty in...

UK judge refuses Depp permission to appeal libel ruling

Nov. 25, 2020 3:38 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A judge has refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal against a British court's ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard. Earlier this month a High Court judge rejected Depp’s claim that a newspaper had committed libel when it called him a “wife-beater.” Judge Andrew...

FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo US and German flags fly outside the Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Germany's top administrative court has ruled that the country's government can't be forced to ensure that U.S. drone strikes controlled via an American military base on German territory are in line with international law. The decision Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig overturns a ruling last year that held the German government partly responsible for making sure that such military operations comply with international law. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool, File)

Court overturns ruling that Germany must press US on drones

Nov. 25, 2020 3:30 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top administrative court has ruled the country's government can't be forced to ensure that U.S. drone strikes controlled via an American military base on German territory are in line with international law. The decision Wednesday by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig...

Manhattan DA appeals Manafort dismissal to NY's high court

Nov. 25, 2020 2:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors are seeking to have the state’s highest court revive state mortgage fraud charges against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort after striking out twice before in lower courts. The Manhattan district attorney’s office...

Florida high court won't reinstate vacated death sentences

Nov. 25, 2020 1:27 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court ruled Wednesday it cannot reinstate death sentences for two convicted killers who previously had those sentences vacated by the justices in a ruling that could ultimately affect dozens of cases. Instead, the justices determined that new sentencing...