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Court: First Amendment protects "hate group" label

Sep. 20, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 141-page decision issued late Thursday, threw out a complaint filed by the...

Funding plan for $189M US courthouse in Tennessee advances

Sep. 20, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee has voted to advance a plan to fund a new $189.1 million federal courthouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A news release from Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Senate Appropriations Committee's unanimous vote Thursday puts the proposal in position for a full Senate...

Court: Jail's 3-book limit doesn't violate rights of inmates

Sep. 20, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has ruled the confiscation by Cook County Jail guards of over 30 books from an inmate didn't violate his free-speech rights. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez agreed the First Amendment protected the right to read, not only...

Trump scores a victory in bicoastal battle over tax returns

Sep. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his tax returns private played out on both coasts Thursday, with a California judge handing him an initial victory and his lawyers in New York City arguing that federal prosecutors there are trying "to harass" him by seeking the...

Man tried 6 times for murder seeks bail, end to charges

Sep. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

A Mississippi man who's been tried six times for murder asked a judge to free him on bail and throw out the charges against him in motions filed Thursday in state court. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the convictions of 49-year-old Curtis Flowers in June, finding racial bias in jury selection. Prosecutors say...

The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback

Sep. 19, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing over California's law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns (all times local): 2:40 p.m. California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is...

Prison for gun trade show worker who stole 65 firearms

Sep. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas trade show worker who pleading guilty to stealing three machine guns and more than 60 other firearms at the U.S. gun industry's biggest annual convention in January has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware II also ordered...

Kealoha conspiracy sentencing re-scheduled for Halloween

Sep. 19, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge is postponing sentencing for a retired Honolulu police chief and his wife convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii's largest corruption case. Louis Kealoha and ex-prosecutor Katherine Kealoha requested a longer delay until after the conclusion of other trials against them. But U.S....

Labor pick will seek ethics advice on brokers conflict rule

Sep. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for...

Trump sues Manhattan DA seeking to block tax return subpoena

Sep. 19, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a federal court Thursday to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns as part of a criminal investigation, opening another front in the president's efforts to keep his financial information private. Trump's attorneys filed a lawsuit...