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After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymandering case begins

Jul. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in a political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for Common Cause,...

Trump citizenship plan will face logistical, legal hurdles

Jul. 12, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population "or more." But his plan will likely be limited by logistical hurdles...

Court: GOP mapmaker's files allowed in gerrymandering trial

Jul. 12, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A few dozen computer files recovered from the home of a deceased Republican redistricting consultant can be offered as evidence in next week's partisan gerrymandering trial in North Carolina, state judges ruled on Friday. The three-judge panel presiding over the trial that starts...

ACLU: timing threatens public vote on Missouri abortion law

Jul. 12, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Timing threatens to stymie efforts to let the public vote on a new Missouri law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy or later after the state Supreme Court on Friday refused to intervene to force the state's top election official to act quickly. At issue is a push by the...

Orioles ask court to refuse arbitration decision with Nats

Jul. 12, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for the Baltimore Orioles were met by skeptical questions from a judge they asked to reject an arbitration decision from baseball executives awarding the Washington Nationals $296.8 million for their television rights from 2012-16. During a three-hour hearing Friday in New York...

Questions about Nebraska execution drugs may go unanswered

Jul. 12, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections director won't have to testify before lawmakers about the state's lethal injection protocol or how prison officials obtained the drugs used in an execution last year, the state's top court ruled Friday. The Nebraska Supreme Court sided with the state corrections...

Immigrant appeals Nevada murder case to state Supreme Court

Jul. 11, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for a 20-year-old Salvadoran immigrant accused of killing four northern Nevadans are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling upholding a grand jury's authority to indict him in Reno for two of the fatal shootings outside the county. Public defenders for Wilber...

Suspect in courthouse pipe bombs unsuccessfully sued county

Jul. 10, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man who federal agents said exploded two bombs outside a South Carolina courthouse had his lawsuit about poor jail conditions in the same county thrown out just days earlier. The Tuesday arrest of Michael Seabrooke caused a stir in Pickens County after he told agents he threw other...

Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor

Jul. 10, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

LIBERTY, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver's license for 20 years, but he just can't afford it. To punish him for high school truancy in 1999, Tennessee officials told him he would not be able to legally drive until he turned 21. He drove anyway, incurring two tickets and...

German court convicts Iraqi of raping, murdering teen

Jul. 10, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a rejected Iraqi asylum-seeker of raping and murdering a 14-year-old local girl and sentenced him to life in prison. Ali Bashar's conviction by the Wiesbaden state court on Wednesday followed a four-month trial in a case that fueled tensions over migration. News...