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High court seems wary of involving judges in redistricting

Mar. 26, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed wary Tuesday of getting federal judges involved in determining when electoral district maps are too partisan. In more than two hours of arguments over Republican-drawn congressional districts in North Carolina and a single congressional...

El Chapo seeks new trial, citing jury misconduct

Mar. 26, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense attorneys asked a federal judge Tuesday to grant a new trial to the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, saying jurors improperly followed media coverage of the sensational drug conspiracy case. Joaquin Guzman's defense team said in court filings that jurors repeatedly disregarded...

Man who took Alabama town for $1.9M sentenced to 5 years

Mar. 26, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The founder of business incubator who pleaded guilty to scamming residents of an Alabama city was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in prison and ordered to return $1.9 million to investors. Kyle Sandler, 43, opened the Round House in 2014 as a launching pad for new tech...

Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown

Mar. 26, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, setting the stage for a legal showdown. Though the Republican governor said the measure signed late Monday strikes a balance, opponents said it is unconstitutional and promised to sue. The law...

North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban ruled unconstitutional

Mar. 26, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has overruled a North Carolina law banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge William Osteen's ruling Monday gives state legislators 60 days before the law he declared unconstitutional is voided so that they can amend it or appeal his...

The Latest: Committee OKs request for McCabe claim documents

Mar. 26, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the special counsel's Russia report (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee has approved a Republican request to demand documents from the Justice Department about former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's claim Justice Department officials discussed...

German magazine ordered to pull claims about Iranian group

Mar. 26, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ordered weekly magazine Der Spiegel to pull passages from an article that said an exiled Iranian opposition group engaged in "torture" and "psychoterror," saying the article didn't support the allegations. The Hamburg state court said in its ruling that it would fine the...

The Latest: High court wary of limiting partisan map drawing

Mar. 26, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overtly partisan (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The Supreme Court seems wary of getting federal judges involved in determining when electoral district maps are too partisan. The high court on...

San Diego seeks to ban homeless in vehicles near beaches

Mar. 26, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The mayor of San Diego is proposing a new law to ban the growing problem of homeless people living in vehicles near beaches. The move announced Monday follows hundreds of complaints about public urination, trash and illegal activity since an ordinance that had been in place was repealed in...

Dems cry foul as Trump calls for striking down 'Obamacare'

Mar. 26, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and revive a winning political issue for Democrats. The administration, in a terse filing Monday with the court in New Orleans,...