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Anita Hill, Bob Woodward honored at annual PEN American gala

May. 22, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The featured speakers at the annual benefit gala for PEN America shared stories about truth and the determination to learn it. Hundreds gathered Tuesday night at the American Museum of Natural History as the literary and human rights organization presented awards to Anita Hill and Bob...

Labor lawyer, prosecutor win spots on fall court ballot

May. 21, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A steelworkers' union lawyer and a county prosecutor have been nominated to run for open seats on a statewide appellate court. Democrat Amanda Green-Hawkins, a Pittsburgh lawyer, and Republican Megan King, a Chester County prosecutor, won spots on the fall ballot in Tuesday's primary...

Former judge files new motions in Jussie Smollett case

May. 21, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former judge who wants a special prosecutor appointed in the Jussie Smollett case is back in court with new motions to obtain her goal. Sheila O'Brien on Tuesday filed three motions in Cook County Circuit Court attempting to get the case before a different judge. At a hearing last week,...

The Latest: Police shooting suspect appears in court

May. 21, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Sunday killing of an Alabama police officer (all times local): 2:23 p.m. A man charged with killing one Alabama police officer and wounding two others has made his initial court appearance. Grady Wayne Wilkes was denied bond during a hearing Tuesday in Opelika. He was...

Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for records

May. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a "crazy" decision that his lawyers would appeal. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta...

US Sen. Edward Markey faces Democratic primary challenger

May. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing a challenger in next year's Democratic primary in Massachusetts. Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers' rights lawyer, announced her intention Monday to challenge the one-term senator for the Democratic nomination. Liss-Riordan made the announcement in a video and...

Law firm investigator to fill vacancy in W.Va. House

May. 19, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is set to appoint a law firm investigator to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates. The governor's office says in a news release that Justice on Monday will appoint Chuck Little of Davisville to the 9th District seat, which serves Wirt and Wood...

Judge won't kick decision in Smollett case to another judge

May. 17, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has rejected a request to have a judge outside Chicago consider whether to appoint a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case. Judge Michael Toomin said Friday he's not swayed by claims that it would be a conflict for Cook County judges to make the decision. Sheila O'Brien, a...

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

May. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the Iowa State...

Senate confirms abortion opponent as US judge in Louisiana

May. 16, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Louisiana lawyer Wendy Vitter as a federal judge Thursday, overcoming opposition from Democrats who criticized her anti-abortion stance and accused her of trying to hide her record on the issue. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to oppose Vitter's...