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Nevada court considering Wynn defamation claim against AP

Jul. 6, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court was asked Monday to reinstate a defamation lawsuit against The Associated Press and an AP reporter based on a story about accounts to Las Vegas police from two women who alleged sexual misconduct by former casino mogul Steve Wynn. In oral arguments, a lawyer for...

Potato chip heiress wins back control of fortune

Jul. 2, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The heiress to the Golden Flake potato chip empire is for now back in control of her fortune after a ruling Thursday by the Alabama Supreme Court. The court voided a 2019 probate order granting an emergency conservator that came after two employees claimed that 88-year-old Joann...

File-This June 18, 2020, file photo shows Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updating the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse, in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds on Monday, June 29, 2020, signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool, File)

Iowa governor signs abortion law amid court challenge

Jul. 2, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. Reynolds signed the measure into law just after lawyers representing Planned...

Texas DA files new charges resulting from deadly drug raid

Jul. 1, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The investigation of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid has resulted in charges being filed against six former officers, who are accused of routinely using false information to get search warrants and of lying on police reports, prosecutors announced...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 30 The Wall Street Journal on allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan: It is going to be something to behold, on Jan. 21, 2021, when President Biden takes revenge on Russia for paying the Taliban...

Germanwings crash relatives lose court case on compensation

Jul. 1, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Wednesday rejected demands for higher compensation from Lufthansa by eight people who lost loved ones in the deliberate crash of a plane operated by its budget airline Germanwings five years ago. French and German investigators have concluded that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz...

Court: Permit for oil refinery planned near national park OK

Jun. 30, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with state regulators in a challenge to an air quality permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state. In a unanimous opinion, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that affirmed...

Judge halts Iowa's new 24-hour waiting period for abortion

Jun. 30, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

An Iowa judge issued an injunction halting the state’s latest abortion restriction, a 24-hour waiting period, on Tuesday, a day before the measure was set to become law. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill Monday, but the order issued by state court Judge Mitchell Turner prevents it from becoming...

Missouri high court says state must pay Planned Parenthood

Jun. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that lawmakers violated the state constitution when they tried to end all government funding of Planned Parenthood. The 6-1 ruling scraps a provision in a state budget law forbidding Medicaid reimbursements to any Planned Parenthood clinic,...

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, early Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

Jun. 30, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — States can't cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote with the conservatives in the majority, the justices upheld a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private...