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FILE - This Jan. 15, 2014 file photo shows a Los Angeles Police officer wearing an on-body cameras during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. Governments must bear the costs of redacting police body camera video before making it public, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday, May 28, 2020, in a decision that was hailed by media organizations but will be costly for cities and counties. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)

Court: California agencies can't charge to edit police video

May. 28, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Governments must bear the costs of redacting police body camera video before making it public, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision that was hailed by media organizations and will be costly for cities and counties. The court unanimously rejected the city of...

Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on the nomination of Judge Justin Walker to be a U.S. Circuit Court judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Caroline Brehman/Pool Photo via AP)

Graham urges older judges to retire so GOP can fill openings

May. 28, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is publicly urging federal judges in their mid-60s or older to step aside so President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans can fill the vacancies with conservative jurists. Graham’s comments, in an interview Thursday...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. PG&E's chief financial officer, Jason Wells, is expected to face questions Thursday, May 28 about the company's plan to nearly double its debt to almost $40 billion to finance its payments to wildfire victims, insurers and government agencies in the second day of the company's bankruptcy trial. Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission will vote on the bankruptcy plan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Judge rips PG&E's safety record before key bankruptcy vote

May. 28, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators are mulling whether to approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $58 billion plan for getting out of a bankruptcy caused by in a series of deadly wildfires. The vote is scheduled Thursday afternoon, just a few hours after a federal judge ripped the company...

Man charged for $317M sale of virus masks that didn't exist

May. 28, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was charged in federal court Thursday with trying to swindle a foreign government out of $317 million by promising to sell it face masks to protect against the coronavirus with a huge shipment that never existed. Paul Penn faces up to 20 years in federal prison if...

A woman enters the Oregon Department of Justice building in Salem, Ore., Thursday, May 28, 2020, the same day that the state supreme court and the appeals court began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries. The U.S. Supreme Court in April ruled that nonunanimous jury convictions are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

May. 28, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that will be scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are...

Supreme Court rules in FOIA case long delayed by lawmaker

May. 28, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of elected officials in southwest Virginia violated the state's open government law during meetings about dissolving a public library system, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a case long delayed by a lawmaker's use of a privilege of his office. State Del. Jeff...

Judge considering challenge to Inslee emergency virus orders

May. 28, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A judge in central Washington state is considering whether Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency stay-at-home orders issued in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are constitutional or should be lifted. The orders were issued two months ago and resulted in the closure of businesses, places of...

In this April 13, 2020, photo provided by TC Energy, construction contractors for TC Energy are seen installing a section of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline at the U.S.-Canada border north of Glasgow, Mont. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris has struck down a nationwide permitting program for new oil and gas pipelines in a lawsuit against the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada. (TC Energy via AP)

Court denies request to revive US pipeline permit program

May. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Thursday turned down a request by the Trump administration and energy industry groups to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines that had been canceled by a lower court. The case originated with a challenge to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from...

FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo, Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. A group of physicians has asked a federal court to suspend a U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule that requires patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, May 27 in Maryland on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic

May. 28, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Requiring patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill is needlessly risking their health during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of physicians allege in a lawsuit that seeks to suspend the federal rule. The federal lawsuit, which the American Civil...

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...