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Mexico's president, judiciary in standoff over pay

Dec. 10, 2018 6:21 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's new president said Monday that salaries for some in the country's judicial branch are "offensive" and that he will leave it to the Congress to implement his call for austerity. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador showed no sign of budging in his standoff with Mexico's judges,...

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

Dec. 10, 2018 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an...

Justices reject county's appeal over woman's time in jail

Dec. 10, 2018 10:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected a Mississippi county's appeal in the case of a woman who was jailed for more than three months without seeing a judge. The court's order on Monday leaves in place a federal judge's ruling that Choctaw County and its sheriff are liable for violating the...

Mexico president blasts 'stratospheric' supreme court wages

Dec. 8, 2018 9:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican president is butting heads with the Supreme Court just one week into office after judges suspended a law that would cap public sector salaries, one of his key campaign promises. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador accused the judges of looking after their own pocketbooks...

Trump prods McConnell on sentencing bill: 'Go for it Mitch!'

Dec. 7, 2018 8:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. And on Friday, it also brought on a tweet from President Donald...

Judge rejects challenge to winner-take-all election system

Dec. 7, 2018 7:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the winner-take-all system Massachusetts uses to assign its Electoral College presidential votes, rejecting the argument that it violates the principle of "one person, one vote." The case is one of several spearheaded by the onetime...

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

Dec. 7, 2018 6:15 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of newly elected governors and attorneys general in Wisconsin and Michigan, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch? The legal threat arose...

Supreme Court seems likely to keep double jeopardy exception

Dec. 6, 2018 12:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed likely Thursday to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. Several justices expressed concern about upsetting the long-standing rule that provides an exception to the Constitution's ban on...

The Latest: Justices unlikely to upset double jeopardy rule

Dec. 6, 2018 11:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched case on double jeopardy (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The Supreme Court seems likely to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. Several justices are saying...

Russia's highest court upheld land swap deal in Caucasus

Dec. 6, 2018 6:04 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's highest court has upheld a land swap deal in the North Caucasus which caused large-scale protests. Thousands of people rallied for days earlier this year after the leaders of the provinces of Ingushetia and Chechnya signed the agreement to exchange unpopulated plots of agricultural...