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FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, Lisa Finander, right, checks that each ballot has the voter's name on the ballot and mailing envelope and Laurie Mattila, left, checked that it was correct at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services in Minneapolis. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 that Minnesota absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court.(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Court: Late Minnesota absentee ballots must be separated

Oct. 29, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota absentee ballots arriving after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court, an appeals court panel said Thursday, in a ruling that puts the state's extended counting period at risk and sets the stage for post-election...

Democrats lose suit over Arizona redistricting panel list

Oct. 29, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort by Democratic leaders of the Arizona Legislature to disqualify two of five independents chosen by a judicial panel as potential chairs of a commission that will redraw political district boundaries next year. The lawsuit filed last week by House Minority Leader...

Nevada high court revives Wynn defamation case against AP

Oct. 29, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a defamation lawsuit against The Associated Press based on a story about accounts to Las Vegas police from two women who alleged sexual misconduct by former casino mogul Steve Wynn. The court revived Wynn’s claim that a February 2018...

Colorado jury convicts man in killing of sheriff's deputy

Oct. 29, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado jury on Thursday convicted a man in the killing of a sheriff's deputy in 2018. Dreion Dearing, 24, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of first-degree murder and felony murder of a peace officer. Dearing also was...

Judge: Ex-CIA officer spy case too complex for speedy trial

Oct. 29, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A case against a former CIA officer accused of spying for China is too complex for a trial to happen until at least September 2021, a judge ruled Thursday. Prosecutors asked the judge to declare the case complex against Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a former CIA officer and contract linguist for...

Court: Sales tax can't fund highway project in Little Rock

Oct. 29, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said a half-cent sales tax can't be used to fund a $1 billion project widening an interstate corridor in the heart of downtown Little Rock. Justices ruled that the sales tax, approved by voters in 2012, cannot be used for any highways with...

Kentucky court won't reduce jury award in Rand Paul attack

Oct. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an award of nearly $600,000 against Sen. Rand Paul's former neighbor, who attacked the lawmaker in 2017 in a dispute over lawncare, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Rene Boucher had asked the high court to review the award but the...

Judge declines to halt COVID-related eviction moratorium

Oct. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta declined Thursday to put on hold a Trump administration directive that halts the eviction of certain renters through the end of the year in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. The moratorium was issued last month by the federal Centers for...

Court rules finance secretary has broad investigative powers

Oct. 29, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s chief financial officer wields broad authority that can include issuing subpoenas to people outside government when investigating possible mismanagement in the awarding of state contracts, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The ruling stems from a...

Maryland man found guilty in 2017 workplace shooting deaths

Oct. 29, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who showed up for work at a countertop company three years ago and shot five of his co-workers, killing three, has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and other charges. The Harford County jury of nine women and three men took about three and a half...