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Reyna Montoya stands outside her home Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Gilbert, Ariz. Every Monday, Montoya wakes up extra early and logs onto the Supreme Court's blog, hitting refresh over and over again to find out if it's ruled on the Obama-era program that shields her from deportation. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Immigrants anxious as they await Supreme Court DACA decision

Jun. 4, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya’s hands get sweaty and her throat feels like it’s closing just talking about the anxiety of every Monday this spring. The immigrant rights activist who's shielded from deportation and allowed to legally work in the U.S. under an Obama-era program sets a 6 a.m....

No prison time for Wells County ex-sheriff in theft case

Jun. 4, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former sheriff in North Dakota won't spend any time behind bars after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors on accusations he stole more than $750,000 from the state government. Johnny Zip Lawson, 43, the former Wells County sheriff, was ordered to pay full restitution during...

In this image provided by the U.S. State Department, Michael White holds an American flag as he poses for a photo Thursday, June 4, 2020, with U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook at the Zurich, Switzerland, airport after White’s release from Iran.  White, a Navy veteran who's been detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and is making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft. (U.S. State Department via AP)

Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal

Jun. 4, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran whose family said his only crime was falling in love left Iran on Thursday after nearly two years of detention, winning his freedom as part of a deal that spared an American-Iranian physician any more time behind American bars. Michael White flew from Tehran to Zurich,...

Montana man in fatal drunk driving accident gets 18 months

Jun. 4, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for the drunk driving death of one of his passengers in a car crash in Glacier National Park, a judge said. Leo James Hagan, 20, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury for...

Oklahoma justices asked to settle compact tiff with governor

Jun. 4, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican legislative leaders asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to settle whether Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority when he reached deals with two Native American tribes to allow sports gambling. That was Attorney General Mike Hunter’s...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 10, 2009, file photo, former financier Bernie Madoff exits federal court in Manhattan, in New York. Madoff asked a federal judge Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, to grant him a “compassionate release” from his 150-year prison sentence, saying he has terminal kidney failure and less than 18 months to live. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Judge rejects Ponzi king Madoff's bid for early release

Jun. 4, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A dying Ponzi king Bernard Madoff lost his bid for early release from prison Thursday when the judge who sentenced him to 150 years behind bars said he intended for him to die there and nothing has happened in the last 11 years to change his mind. Judge Denny Chin, who now sits on the 2nd...

High court won't bypass in GOP challenge to virus orders

Jun. 4, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's school superintendent said Thursday that K-12 districts are confronting the possibility of staggering spending cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic unless Congress helps fill a nearly $2.4 billion revenue shortfall over this budget year and next. A divided state Supreme...

FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School walkout to the football field for 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 victims killed at the school.  The Florida Supreme Court is blocking an assault weapons ban from going to voters in 2022, saying in a Thursday, June 4 2020 ruling that the ballot summary is deceptive because it doesn't clearly state that a grandfathering clause applies to the owner, not the gun itself.(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Florida Supreme Court blocks assault weapon ban from ballot

Jun. 4, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is blocking an assault weapons ban from going to voters in 2022, saying in a Thursday ruling that the ballot summary is deceptive because it doesn't clearly state that a grandfathering clause applies to the owner, not the gun itself. A group called Ban...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, people protest against school vouchers in Nashville, Tenn.  Tennessee education officials remained largely in the dark on how parents misspent school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found.  The Tennessee voucher program is currently modest in scale but is set to expand under Republican leadership over the next year. Under the program, the state gives families of children with certain disabilities the option of removing their student from public school and then provided a state-issued debit card loaded with tax dollars to help cover their children's needs in the private sector. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

High court won't take over Tennessee voucher lawsuit

Jun. 4, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's highest court declined Thursday to take up an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the legality of a school voucher program that would let parents use public tax dollars for private school tuition. Voucher supporters had hoped the Tennessee Supreme Court would reach down and...

Court orders release of man convicted of 1996 killing

Jun. 4, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man imprisoned in a 1996 killing, finding that prosecutors withheld crucial evidence. In a decision signed Friday by Chief Justice George Draper, the court ordered that Lawrence Callanan be freed within 30 days unless...