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'Completely free': No retrial of ex-soldiers in 1992 killing

Jul. 12, 2018 10:48 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Mark Jones says he and two of his Army buddies were out for an impromptu bachelor party when Savannah police arrested them in a drive-by slaying that would land them behind bars for more than 25 years. Now prosecutors are dropping the case for good, sparing the men from a new trial...

Supreme Court could return abortion debate to the states

Jul. 12, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are searching for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has raised the possibility...

German court: Catalan politician can legally be extradited

Jul. 12, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday removed a hurdle to the extradition of a prominent Catalan politician on charges of embezzlement, setting the stage for a possible trial in Spain but on lesser charges than prosecutors there had hoped for. In its decision in the case of Carles Puigdemont, the...

Nevada execution delayed indefinitely after ruling on drug

Jul. 12, 2018 2:13 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state trying to execute its first inmate in 12 years using an untested combination of drugs is heading back to planning stages, and a twice-convicted killer who wants to die will return to death row, after a court postponed his lethal injection to allow a drug company to argue that it...

The Latest: Attorney says inmate accepts execution delay

Jul. 11, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the execution of twice-convicted killer in Nevada (all times local): 5:10 p.m. His lawyer says the Nevada death-row inmate whose execution was called off just hours ahead of time was meeting with family members and two close friends when he was told his death had been...

Hawaii Supreme Court sides with lesbian couple in B&B case

Jul. 11, 2018 6:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated by denying a room to two women because they're gay will stand after the state's high court declined to take up the case. Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young had argued she should be allowed to turn away gay...

West Virginia high court Justice Ketchum to resign, retire

Jul. 11, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum announced Wednesday that he plans to resign and retire two years before his term ends. In a brief, handwritten letter to Gov. Jim Justice, Ketchum said he would step down effective July 27. The letter was contained in a statement...

Drug company's lawsuit could derail Nevada execution

Jul. 10, 2018 8:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada inmate slated to die by a three-drug lethal injection combination never before used in the U.S. has said repeatedly he wants his sentence carried out and he doesn't care if it's painful. But a last-minute lawsuit filed by a drug company that doesn't want its product used in...

The Latest: Judge sets Wednesday hearing on execution drug

Jul. 10, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the planned execution of a Nevada inmate slated to die by a three-drug lethal injection combination never before used in the U.S. (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A judge in Las Vegas says she'll hear arguments and expects to decide just hours before a scheduled execution...

Opponents sue to nix ballot measure to split California in 3

Jul. 10, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of an initiative to split California into three states asked the state Supreme Court to pull the measure from the ballot, arguing it's too drastic a change to state government to go through the normal initiative process. A lawsuit filed Monday by the Planning and...