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Judge won't toss suit challenging Georgia voting machines

May. 21, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawsuit challenging Georgia's outdated voting machines and seeking statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots can move forward, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The lawsuit argues that the paperless touchscreen voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are unsecure, vulnerable to hacking...

Ex-police officer gets prison for paying teen girls for sex

May. 21, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to paying two teenage girls for sex while he was employed as a police officer in Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Robert Hur's office says U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake also on Tuesday sentenced...

Judge dismisses part of Sioux Falls house dispute lawsuit

May. 21, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge in South Dakota has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a couple who had to tear down their Sioux Falls house after a long-running dispute with their neighbors. Judge Roberto Lange recently granted Liberty Mutual Insurance's motion to dismiss the allegations that...

States sue over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

May. 21, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly two dozen states and municipalities sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to...

Former Louisiana councilman pleads not guilty in tax case

May. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana parish councilman has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of tax evasion and wire fraud. Chris Roberts, who served on the Jefferson Parish Council since 2004, entered his plea Monday. News outlets report federal authorities have accused Roberts of under-reporting his...

Indicted sheriff ordered to surrender gun, not make threats

May. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal prosecutor suggested a suspended sheriff in South Carolina has tried to intimidate former deputies from cooperating with investigators that continue to look into corruption charges. The lawyer for Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood called the case an assault on law...

Former county commissioner charged with extorting bribes

May. 21, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Georgia say a former county commissioner used her elected position to extort $1,000 from a contractor. Sharon Barnes Sutton was arraigned Tuesday before a U.S. District Court judge in Atlanta on charges of extortion and bribery. An indictment says the 59-year-old...

Judge: Mississippi 6-week abortion ban 'smacks of defiance'

May. 21, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year said during a court hearing Tuesday that the state's legislators defied his ruling by passing a new law that sets the ban even earlier. The new law — which is not yet in effect — would prohibit...

McGahn defies subpoena for testimony, faces contempt vote

May. 21, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled open a Trump-Russia hearing Tuesday with an empty witness chair and a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn will be held in contempt for failing to appear in defiance of the committee's subpoena.. "Our subpoenas are not...

The Latest: Judge questions Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

May. 21, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing in a lawsuit to block a Mississippi abortion law that bans the procedure after 6 weeks (all times local): 12:05 p.m. A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year is sharply questioning a new state law that bans abortions even...