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FILE - In this June 27, 2017, file photo, a semi-automatic rifle is displayed with a 25 shot magazine, left, and a 10 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The panel's majority ruled Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that the law banning magazines holding more than 10 bullets violates the constitutional right to bear firearms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity magazines

Aug. 14, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's protection of the right to bear firearms. “Even well-intentioned laws must pass...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, file photo, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., listens during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Several Native American groups are warning Inhofe that legislation being discussed in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could undermine tribal sovereignty. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Tribal groups warn Inhofe bill could undermine sovereignty

Aug. 14, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation being discussed by some members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation to address a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision threatens to undermine tribal sovereignty, several Native American groups warned in a letter this week to Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe. The leaders of eight...

Federal judge dismisses appeal by Virginia death row inmate

Aug. 14, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed an appeal by a death row inmate convicted in the shooting death of a police officer in 2005. Thomas Alexander Porter’s appeals had previously been rejected twice in federal district court but were sent back for reconsideration in 2015 and 2018...

US judge hopes to rule soon on Louisiana bar closures

Aug. 14, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday closely questioned a Louisiana state health official about data the state used in a decision to close bars — but not restaurants that contain bars — amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten southeastern Louisiana bar owners are challenging Gov. John Bel...

Male stripper gets 16 years in prison for threats to witness

Aug. 14, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas sentenced a former male stripper to more than 16 years in prison following his conviction on charges related to having a shank in jail and threatening to have a white supremacist gang kill a witness. Collin Garrett Hayden, 28, was sentenced on Thursday. In...

Rights group demands Arizona schools not ask citizenship

Aug. 14, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A national Latino rights group Friday warned two Arizona school districts that their practice of asking about citizenship and Social Security numbers on enrollment forms violates a Supreme Court decision that ensures children have access to public education regardless of immigration status....

Federal judge declines to strike down ranked-choice voting

Aug. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected a request to strike down Maine's ranked voting system ahead of the November election. Four plaintiffs contended the voting system disenfranchises old and uneducated voters who don’t understand how it works and therefore select only a first...

FILE - In this April 20, 2012 file photo,  Marcus Robinson, an inmate on N.C.'s death row, listens as Cumberland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks found that racial bias played a role in Robinson's trial and sentencing and he should be removed from death row and serve a life sentence.  North Carolina's Supreme Court will let Robinson, a death row inmate serve out a lifetime prison sentence he was previously granted. The narrow 4-3 ruling, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, may also allow three other inmates facing the death penalty to get similar relief under the now-defunct Racial Justice Act. (Shawn Rocco/The News & Observer via AP)

NC death row inmate to serve life in prison, court rules

Aug. 14, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man on death row in North Carolina will soon have his sentence reduced to life without parole, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Marcus Robinson is one of four inmates to initially get death penalty sentences reduced using the legal process outlined in the now-defunct Racial...

FILE - This May 27, 2019, file photo shows the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is denying allegations by General Motors that FCA used foreign bank accounts to bribe union officials so they would stick GM with higher labor costs. In court papers filed Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, the Italian-American automaker said GM was using court records to make “defamatory and baseless

Judge refuses to reconsider GM lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

Aug. 14, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

A federal judge in Detroit said Friday that he will not reconsider his July dismissal of General Motors’ racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman wrote in an opinion that new evidence presented by GM regarding bribes and foreign bank accounts “is too...

FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, Ariel Quiros, left, former owner of Jay Peak Resort, stands outside the federal courthouse in Burlington, Vt., after his arraignment on fraud charges over a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using foreign investors' money. The Miami businessman, accused of being the mastermind behind a massive fraud case involving foreign investors' money in Vermont developments, is expected to plead guilty in next week in a plea deal in which prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than eight years in prison. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)

Miami businessman pleads guilty in Vermont ski fraud case

Aug. 14, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

A Miami businessman accused of being the mastermind behind the largest fraud case in Vermont's history pleaded guilty on Friday over a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using tens of millions of dollars in foreign investors' money. Ariel Quiros, 64, the former owner of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain ski...