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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Ramapo police officers escort Grafton Thomas from Ramapo Town Hall to a police vehicle in Ramapo, N.Y. Attorney Michael Sussman says a psychiatrist has found  Thomas incompetent to stand trial on hate crime charges stemming from a machete attack at a Hanukkah party that wounded five Hasidic Jews. Sussman said Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, that he has asked a federal judge to hold a competency evaluation for Thomas. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal, File)

Lawyer: Man charged in Hanukkah attack incompetent for trial

Jan. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EST

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A psychiatrist has found Grafton Thomas incompetent to stand trial on federal hate crime charges stemming from a machete attack at a Hanukkah party that wounded five Hasidic Jews, Thomas's attorney said Monday. Defense attorney Michael Sussman said in a statement that he has asked a...

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law

Jan. 27, 2020 6:43 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning early ballots for another person violates the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also found that Arizona's...

FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court in Washington. A divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

Jan. 27, 2020 5:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers. Under the new policy, immigration officials can deny green cards to legal...

Judge: Jury should decide if Uber can be liable for crash

Jan. 27, 2020 4:37 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A jury should determine whether Uber ought to be held responsible for a passenger's injuries, a federal judge in Rhode Island ruled. A U.S. District Court judge concluded Jan. 16 that jurors should determine whether driver Claudette Issa is considered an employee of Uber —...

FILE - In this undated file photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Donnie Cleveland Lance, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago. Lance is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, plans to hold a closed-door clemency hearing Tuesday. The board on Monday declassified a clemency application filed by Lance's lawyers. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Lawyers ask parole board to spare condemned man's life

Jan. 27, 2020 2:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend shouldn't be executed, his lawyers argue, citing the additional pain it will cause his children, evidence of brain damage not heard by the jury that sentenced him to die and his model behavior in prison. Donnie Cleveland Lance,...

US appeals court rejects Tennessee election security lawsuit

Jan. 27, 2020 2:29 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Teen. (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with a lower court in rejecting a lawsuit that challenges the security of voting machines in Tennessee's largest county. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a September district court ruling against the...

Court rules against Arkansas' 2-year limit on contributions

Jan. 27, 2020 1:36 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday ruled against Arkansas preventing candidates for state office from accepting campaign contributions more than two years before an election, blocking the restriction from being enforced. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Supreme Court: Trump administration can enforce policy that could limit green cards to immigrants using public benefits

Jan. 27, 2020 1:27 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court: Trump administration can enforce policy that could limit green cards to immigrants using public benefits.

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 27, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Detroit News. January 23, 2020 Roadblocks ahead for Michigan school choice Don’t get too excited about the possibility of expanded school choice in Michigan — at least not yet. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could break down barriers to educational freedom, even...

Former judge, civil rights activist Nathaniel Jones dies

Jan. 26, 2020 2:08 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nathaniel Jones, a former federal judge who served for more than two decades on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as general counsel for the NAACP, has died. He was 93. Jones' death was confirmed by his daughter, Stephanie Jones and the Hamilton County...