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Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Oct. 16, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to...

Trump plans to nominate Kindred for Alaska judgeship

Oct. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to nominate Joshua Kindred to a federal judgeship in Alaska. The White House made the announcement Wednesday. According to Kindred's bio, he is the regional solicitor for the U.S. Interior Department in Alaska. He has previously worked as environmental...

Federal courthouse in Minneapolis named after Judge Murphy

Oct. 16, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal courthouse in Minneapolis is being named after a judge who is seen as a trailblazer in the Twin Cities legal community. Judge Diana Murphy was the first woman appointed to the federal bench in Minnesota in 1980, and later became the first woman to sit on the 8th Circuit Court...

Interim prosecutor appointed; 6 vie for permanent job

Oct. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Six Vermont lawyers are hoping to become the next permanent state's attorney in Caledonia County. The Caledonian Record reports the six candidates to succeed Lisa Warren will address the Caledonia County Republican Committee. The committee will forward three names to Gov. Phil...

The Latest: Challenger raises more cash than top Senator

Oct. 15, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on political fundraising efforts in New Mexico (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A Democratic primary election challenger is raising more campaign cash than the president of the New Mexico state Senate. Tracy Perry of Las Cruces reported Tuesday that her campaign has raised...

Anti-abortion group opposes Kansas Supreme Court candidates

Oct. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group launched an effort Tuesday to block two candidates for a state Supreme Court vacancy even before a state commission selects finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, an abortion rights supporter, to consider. The unusually vocal and public...

Justices seem likely to uphold Puerto Rico oversight board

Oct. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that was deepened by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices voiced skepticism on Tuesday about a constitutional challenge to the oversight...

Court orders new sentencing for Alabama death row inmate

Oct. 15, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Alabama man condemned to die for a killing more than 30 years ago should get a new sentencing hearing because of questions over his mental competence. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released the decision Tuesday in the case of James...

Romanian president asks Ludovic Orban to form new government

Oct. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Tuesday nominated Ludovic Orban of the center-right National Liberal Party to form a new government and become the country's next prime minister. Orban has 10 days from receiving President Klaus Iohannis' mandate to build support in the Romanian Parliament,...

After delay, Sandusky resentencing set for early November

Oct. 15, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will learn next month what his new prison sentence will be for a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction. An order was filed Tuesday in Centre County that set Sandusky's resentencing for Nov. 8 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania....