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Customers wear a variety of protective masks as they wait some six-feet apart to enter a Trader Joe's store, where the number of customers allowed inside at any one time was limited because of the coronavirus outbreak, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Virus sparks prison riot, hits more WA long-term care homes

Apr. 9, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Inmates at a Washington state prison staged a large protest following new coronavirus diagnoses at the facility and health officials say they continue to see high numbers of cases in the state's long-term care facilities. More than 9,600 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and at least...

This Feb. 25, 2020 shows Preterm executive director Chrisse France in the procedure room, in Cleveland. Court decisions in two U.S. states Monday, April 6, allowed abortions to continue after the procedure was caught in the crosshairs of governors’ orders suspending non-essential elective surgeries due to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Judge blocks ban on some Texas abortions during outbreak

Apr. 9, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has ordered that Texas abortion clinics may continue to perform abortions in some cases, either those using medication or those involving patients for whom delays would pose an essential ban. The ruling came in a 16-page opinion filed Thursday by U.S. District Judge Lee...

In this March 16, 2020 photo, people walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

No halt to culture wars during coronavirus outbreak

Apr. 9, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A partisan fight over voting in Wisconsin was the first issue linked to the coronavirus to make it to the Supreme Court. Efforts to limit abortion during the pandemic could eventually land in the justices' hands. Disputes over guns and religious freedom also are popping up around the...

Nevada suspect to be tried for murder of Spring Creek teen

Apr. 9, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A judge in Elko County has ordered a Spring Creek man to stand trial in the killing and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl last month. Bruce Dickey, 18, is accused of killing Gabrielle “Britney” Ujlaky. Her body was found in a remote area between Elko and Spring Creek...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks at a news conference to give updates on the COVID-19 outbreak Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via AP]

ACLU seeks release of Kansas inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

Apr. 9, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday to immediately release prisoners who have preexisting medical conditions that make them vulnerable to the coronavirus. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas filed the class action petition on behalf of seven inmates...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020 file photo, amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of protesters drive around Cook County Jail and the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, honking their horns and chanting to demand the

Judge orders Chicago jail to do more to halt spread of virus

Apr. 9, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago Thursday ordered one of the nation’s largest jails to take prompt action to stem the potentially catastrophic spread of the coronavirus, including by ensuring that its more than 4,000 detainees have access to adequate soap and sanitizer. U.S. District Judge...

An empty sanctuary awaits parishioners on Palm Sunday at Saint Mary's Catholic Church Sunday April 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The church is not holding Mass but is opening the sanctuary for prayer. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Judge rejects lawsuit over order; no religious exemption

Apr. 9, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A judge in southwest Virginia on Thursday ejected a lawsuit that sought to carve ought a religious exemption to Gov. Ralph Northam's executive order requiring people to stay at home. Russell County resident Larry Hughes filed the lawsuit this week. He said the governor's...

Court rejects town's appeal of $1.8M for landfill

Apr. 9, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town lost an appeal Thursday of a $1.8 million judgment it received from a state agency for a landfill. The town of Kearny's argument that the value for the 104 acres taken by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority isn't enough was rejected, according to a ruling...

Death row inmates' deal for better conditions gets approved

Apr. 9, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge signed off on a settlement Thursday between Pennsylvania death row prisoners and the state Corrections Department to make broad changes to their confinement rules. U.S. District Judge John Jones approved the deal that gives the state's death-sentenced inmates the same...

FILE - This Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo released by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office shows Derick Almena at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif. Almena who is man charged with manslaughter in the Ghost Ship blaze that killed 36 partygoers at a firetrap warehouse in Northern California may be released from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak, a judge ruled. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge has decided to release Almena from custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and place him in an electronic monitoring program while he awaits retrial, officials said Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Man awaiting retrial in deadly warehouse blaze may be freed

Apr. 9, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man awaiting retrial in a fire that killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse may be released from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge is likely to release Derick Almena from the Santa Rita Jail and place him in an...