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California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

Military same-sex spouse denied Alaska oil check sues

Nov. 21, 2019 8:06 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman alleges the state is wrongly enforcing laws barring recognition of same-sex marriages, five years after a federal judge found such a ban to be unconstitutional. In a lawsuit, attorneys for Denali Nicole Smith say Smith was denied eligibility for the check paid to...

New Zealand jurors to decide if British tourist was murdered

Nov. 21, 2019 7:55 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday was deliberating whether a British backpacker was murdered by a man she met on a dating app or was accidentally choked to death during sex. Grace Millane died last December on her 22nd birthday after meeting a man through Tinder, going out for...

Kentucky lt. gov. appealing ruling in suit against governor

Nov. 21, 2019 7:13 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Continuing a legal fight at the top of Kentucky’s government, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton is appealing a ruling that concluded Gov. Matt Bevin’s office acted within its authority when firing her top two assistants. Hampton’s attorney, Joshua Harp, filed a notice that...

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Wyoming probation agent to pay $1M to harassed woman

Nov. 21, 2019 5:31 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a former probation agent to pay $1 million to a Wyoming woman after he failed to respond to a lawsuit against him. Casper Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Wyoming Department of Corrections was never named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Authorities say...

Jurors deliberating in shotgun killing trial in Maine

Nov. 21, 2019 5:02 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A jury has completed a full day of deliberations without a verdict in the trial of a man who killed his wife with a shotgun blast in Windham, Maine. Noah Gaston told investigators he thought he was firing at an intruder, but prosecutors said he intended to kill Alicia Gaston, or at...

Man acquitted in fight before fatal Colorado police shooting

Nov. 21, 2019 4:27 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man accused in a confrontation that ultimately led to a fatal Colorado police shooting has been acquitted after the defense claimed the alleged victim called police because he was mad about losing a fight he started. The Gazette reported it took jurors in Colorado Springs...

Man said he was framed, is found guilty of officer’s murder

Nov. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who took the stand in his own defense Wednesday has been found guilty of murder in the shooting of a Shreveport police officer. Grover Cannon, 31, testified against the advice of his counsel, news outlets reported on the seventh day of the trial. Cannon said he...

Woman fights charges after stepkids see her topless at home

Nov. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman charged with a crime after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home is fighting the case that could force her to register as a sex offender, pointing to a court ruling that overturned a topless ban in Colorado and helped fuel a movement. Tilli Buchanan’s...