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Montana, New Jersey ask judge to rule on dark-money lawsuit

Apr. 21, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for Montana and New Jersey are asking a federal judge to rule on their dark-money lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department without a trial. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a motion for summary...

LSU professor fired for vulgarity seeks to revive lawsuit

Apr. 21, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former tenured LSU professor who was fired in 2015 for using vulgarity and discussing her sex life and the sex lives of students in her elementary education classes has asked federal appellate court to revive her lawsuit against the university. The Advocate reports that Teresa...

Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question

Apr. 21, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan's father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family's apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an "alien," though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry about his citizenship...

Judge: City must return marijuana ordinance on ballot

Apr. 21, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering a city in West Virginia to put an ordinance that would decriminalize marijuana back on the June 4 ballot. U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh decided on Friday that Salem city officials must return the "Sensible Marijuana Ordinance" on the ballot after...

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

Apr. 20, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the...

Life sentence upheld for Great Falls triple murder by teen

Apr. 20, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has rejected a request for a lighter sentence for a man serving three consecutive life sentences for a triple homicide committed when he was 17. Steven Keefe won a chance at re-sentencing largely because of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that life sentences for...

Man mistakenly freed in 2006 won't face more prison time

Apr. 20, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia native who had been facing the possibility of more prison time after federal officials said he was mistakenly released more than a dozen years ago has been credited with time served. A federal judge on Thursday granted a joint motion by prosecutors and attorneys for...

India's chief justice accused of sexual harassment

Apr. 20, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A former employee of India's Supreme Court has accused the country's chief justice of sexual harassment, an accusation that was vehemently denied by the judge, the nation's largest news agency reported Saturday. The 35-year-old woman filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday...

Review: Diversity in Texas Legislature not reflecting state

Apr. 20, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Even though a record-setting number of Hispanics have been elected as lawmakers in Texas, a review has found that the racial breakdown of the Legislature does not accurately reflect the diversity of the state's general population. An Austin American-Statesman analysis of the...

Today in History

Apr. 20, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 20, the 110th day of 2019. There are 255 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives. On this...