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Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

Apr. 25, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan must redraw dozens of congressional and legislative districts for the 2020 election because Republicans configured them to guarantee their political dominance over the last decade by unconstitutionally diluting the power of Democratic voters, federal judges ruled Thursday. In...

US judge in Washington state blocks new Trump abortion rule

Apr. 25, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge in Washington state Thursday blocked new Trump administration rules that would provide additional hurdles for women seeking abortions, including by banning taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima granted the preliminary injunction...

Musk still working on pact with SEC to avoid contempt ruling

Apr. 25, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators say they are still trying to work out an agreement that would avoid the Tesla CEO being held in contempt of court over his tweets. In a filing late Thursday, Musk and a counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission asked U.S. District Judge...

Fake German heiress convicted of bilking banks, businesses

Apr. 25, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury on Thursday convicted an extravagant socialite who bankrolled an implausibly lavish lifestyle with tens of thousands of dollars she swindled from banks, hotels and friends who believed she was a wealthy German heiress. The Manhattan jury found Anna Sorokin guilty of four...

Trump administration reevaluating offshore drilling plans

Apr. 25, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is reevaluating its controversial plan to sharply expand offshore drilling as it responds to a court ruling that blocked oil and gas development off Alaska and parts of the Atlantic. Governors and lawmakers from both Republican- and Democratic-led...

Suburban Detroit judge suspended 45 days without pay

Apr. 25, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a 45-day unpaid suspension for a suburban Detroit judge who was arrested for suspected drunken driving before being elected to the bench. The court Thursday affirmed a decision by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission that determined Oakland...

Man sentenced for threatening mail carrier who sprayed dog

Apr. 25, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man convicted for pointing a gun at a mail carrier who had earlier pepper-sprayed his pit bull has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. A jury in November found David Polnitz Jr. guilty of two charges, including illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon....

2 guilty for toppling N Carolina campus's Confederate statue

Apr. 25, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Two men face a day in jail after being found guilty of rioting, damaging property and defacing a Confederate monument that had stood for a century on the campus of North Carolina's flagship public university. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the state district court...

Ex-officer sentenced to 25 years in black motorist's killing

Apr. 25, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer received a 25-year prison sentence Thursday for the fatal on-duty shooting of a black musician whose SUV had broken down after a late-night concert. Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja was the first Florida law enforcement agent in...

Kansas Supreme Court to rule on abortion rights protections

Apr. 25, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether the state constitution protects abortion rights. The court announced that it would issue a decision Friday in a lawsuit filed by two abortion providers in 2015 against a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester procedure. A...