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FILE - This April 26, 2016 file photo shows author Jon Krakauer in Bozeman, Mont.  The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of rape will remain confidential after the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer.  (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

Supreme Court won't hear case brought by author Jon Krakauer

Feb. 24, 2020 1:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of rape will remain confidential after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer. Krakauer had made a public records request for the documents in 2014 while writing...

Actor Jussie Smollett appears in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Feb. 24, 2020, where he plead not guilty to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself and falsely reporting it to police. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Actor Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges

Feb. 24, 2020 1:10 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself last year in Chicago and falsely reporting to police that the phony attack was real. His lawyer, Tina Glandian, entered...

A fan holds a sign during a spring training baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

MLB tells court attempts at cheating are a part of sports

Feb. 24, 2020 1:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Attempts at cheating are a part of sports, Major League Baseball said in urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by fantasy contestants. Five men sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of...

FILE - This is a Jan. 27, 2020 file photo of The Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples.  The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to stop placing children with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's agency because it would not permit same-sex couples to serve as foster parents.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

Feb. 24, 2020 1:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples, a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court. The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits as he is introduced during an event at the Library of Congress in Washington.  Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer. On Monday, he turned inward, focusing his criticism on a court opinion he wrote in 2005 defending the power of federal administrative agencies. Thomas' evolving views about federal agencies is part of a growing conservative movement to rein in the powers of the bureaucracy.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion -- his own

Feb. 24, 2020 12:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer. On Monday, the 71-year-old justice turned inward, focusing his...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, hundreds of people overflow onto the sidewalk in a line snaking around the block outside a U.S. immigration office with numerous courtrooms in San Francisco. As the new public charge rule taking effect Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, has approached, droves of immigrants including citizens and legal residents have dropped government social services they or their children may be entitled to out of fear they will be kicked out of the U.S. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect

Feb. 24, 2020 12:02 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Pastor Antonio Velasquez says that before the Trump administration announced a crackdown on immigrants using government social services, people lined up before sunrise outside a state office in a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood to sign up for food stamps and Medicaid. No more. ...

This is a court artist sketch of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the dock reading his papers as he appears at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court for his extradition hearing, in London, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.  (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks' Assange

Feb. 24, 2020 11:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court. A lawyer for the U.S. authorities, who want to try Assange on espionage charges,...

The head of the electoral commission Tchambakou Ayassor announces the winner of the presidential elections in Lome, Togo Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Togo's electoral commission says the country's President Faure Gnassingbe has easily won a fourth term, extending the grip his family has had on power since 1967. (Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

Togo's president wins, keeping family's long hold on power

Feb. 24, 2020 11:46 AM EST

LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo's electoral commission said Monday the country's president has easily won a fourth term, extending the grip his family has had on power since 1967, while the opposition alleged organized fraud. The commission announced overnight that President Faure Gnassingbe received 72% of the...

Justices throw out seizure of church assets in Puerto Rico

Feb. 24, 2020 10:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a court order to seize assets belonging to the Roman Catholic archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to pay pension benefits for Catholic school teachers. The justices said in an unsigned opinion that a Puerto Rico court lacked the authority to issue...

Supreme Court to hear dispute over Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples

Feb. 24, 2020 9:34 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court to hear dispute over Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples.