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White House, CNN wait to hear ruling on ban of CNN reporter

Nov. 15, 2018 12:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and CNN waited Thursday to hear whether a federal judge would order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, was expected to issue a ruling after hearing...

Judge allows Mueller case against Russian company to proceed

Nov. 15, 2018 12:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a special counsel indictment against a Russian company accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The decision by U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, an appointee of President Donald Trump, allows the criminal case against Concord...

Neo-Nazi's attorney calls ruling dangerous for free speech

Nov. 15, 2018 11:53 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge's decision to allow a lawsuit to proceed against the publisher of a neo-Nazi website is "dangerous for free speech," the publisher's attorney said Thursday. Attorney Marc Randazza said he believes U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen made a legally flawed decision...

Federal judge: Florida is 'laughing-stock of the world'

Nov. 15, 2018 11:51 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems, and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. "We have been the laughing-stock of the world, election after...

Judge declines to halt counting in Maine's new voting system

Nov. 15, 2018 11:22 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declined to halt tabulations under Maine's new voting system , putting the state on path to declaring a winner in the second of its two U.S. House races. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is challenging the constitutionality of Maine's ranked-choice...

The Latest: Judge: Florida is 'laughing-stock of the world'

Nov. 15, 2018 10:26 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A federal judge is sharply criticizing Florida legislators and elections officials in Palm Beach County for the state's chronic recount issues. During a hearing on whether to extend the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline...

Gov's race: Dems doubt Kemp's claim of 'insurmountable lead'

Nov. 15, 2018 9:11 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrats ratcheted up their attacks on Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, he claimed Wednesday that results certified by county election officials confirm he has an "insurmountable lead" in the governor's race. At a news conference, Georgia Democrats cast doubt on the legitimacy of any...

Rapper not dropping guilty plea in Arkansas gun case

Nov. 15, 2018 8:20 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Tennessee rapper no longer wants to withdraw his guilty plea from a weapons charge that was filed after he was arrested with a gun following a shooting at a Little Rock nightclub that left 25 people injured last year. Little Rock television station KATV reports that Ricky Hampton...

Mexican citizen executed in Texas for killings of wife, kids

Nov. 14, 2018 11:46 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago. Roberto Moreno Ramos was condemned for the 1992 deaths of his 42-year-old wife Leticia, 7-year-old daughter Abigail, and...

The Latest: Mexican citizen executed for killings in Texas

Nov. 14, 2018 11:19 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a Mexican citizen convicted for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children (all times local): 9:42 pm. A 64-year-old Mexican citizen on death row in Texas has been executed for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more...