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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2005, file photo, former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam holds up the original copy of his dismissal letter he received from then Governor-General Sir John Kerr on Nov. 11, 1975, at a book launch in Sydney, Australia. The High Court's majority decision in historian Jenny Hocking’s appeal on Friday, May 29, 2020 overturned lower court rulings that more than 200 letters between the monarch of Britain and Australia and Governor-General Sir John Kerr before he dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s government were personal and might never be made public. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Australian court rules queen's letters can be made public

May. 29, 2020 3:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled on Friday to make public letters between Queen Elizabeth II and her representative that would reveal what knowledge she had, if any, of the dismissal of an Australian government in 1975. The High Court’s 6-1 majority decision in...

Australian jailed for 2007 stabbing free to leave Bulgaria

May. 28, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — An Australian man released after serving 11 years in a Bulgarian prison over a fatal stabbing is free to return home after the country’s highest court refused to send him back to prison. But Jock Palfreeman said on Friday he would be arrested if he attempted to leave Bulgaria...

New Mexico will lift many business restrictions on June 1

May. 28, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will allow restaurants, shopping malls and salons to reopen at limited capacity starting on Monday, June 1, as state health regulators relax restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the changes under a new...

FILE - This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges

May. 28, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled...

Puerto Rico court orders new murder trial for judge's son

May. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The son of a federal judge convicted in 2014 of killing his wife in one of Puerto Rico’s most high-profile cases will get a new trial, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. Puerto Rico’s appeals court issued the ruling based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusts his face mask as he speaks to supporters while departing his official residence, Alvorada palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil police search Bolsonaro allies in fake news probe

May. 27, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Federal Police on Wednesday executed more than two dozen searches and seizure warrants in six states as part of an investigation into a network that allegedly spread defamatory fake news and threats against Supreme Court justices. The judicial orders targeted allies and...

FILE - In this March 9, 2010, file photo a tanker truck passes the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, May 26 against major oil companies in lawsuits brought by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said state courts are the proper forum for the lawsuits alleging that Big Oil promoted petroleum as environmentally responsible when producers knew it was causing damage. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

May. 26, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big Oil lost a pair of court battles Tuesday that could lead to trials in lawsuits by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by energy companies and ruled state courts are the proper forum...

Gay equality activist Marco Castillo, right, embraces his longtime partner Rodrigo Campos, after they were married before a judge, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Costa Rica became the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage early Tuesday when a ruling from its supreme court went into effect ending the country's ban. (AP Photo/Carlos Gonzalez)

Costa Rica latest country to legalize same-sex marriage

May. 26, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica became the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage early Tuesday when a ruling from its supreme court went into effect ending the country's ban. Couples held ceremonies — mostly private due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some that were broadcast — to...

Supreme Court refuses case of condemned Alabama inmate

May. 26, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to consider the appeal of an Alabama death row inmate convicted in two slayings. Without comment, the justices rejected a legal challenge by Taurus Carroll, 42. Carroll was convicted in 1998 of killing Betty Long in her family's laundry...

Judge won't dismiss order tossing out virus restrictions

May. 26, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A rural Oregon judge says he won’t dismiss his ruling which tossed out Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home orders to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew B. Shirtcliff told the state Supreme Court...