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Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

Court rules in lawsuit challenging voter guide statement

Aug. 7, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled against state schools chief Chris Reykdal, who sued his reelection opponent, Maia Espinoza, for defamation. The Seattle Times reports that in her official voter guide statement, Espinoza claimed Reykdal championed a policy that taught sex positions to fourth...

Judge bans indoor services at defiant California church

Aug. 7, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California church that for weeks has held indoor worship in defiance of anti-coronavirus health orders must close its doors, a judge ruled Friday. A temporary restraining order was issued that bars Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park from indoor worship services anywhere in the...

Massachusetts man held without bail for alleged hate crime

Aug. 7, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has ordered that a Brockton man accused of a hate crime be held without bail. Michael Cates Jr., 34, faces assault and battery for allegedly calling another man a homophobic slur and knocked his teeth out, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported. Tom Anderson, 34,...

Court lifts block on 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday lifted a judge's ruling that has blocked four Arkansas abortion restrictions from taking effect, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner’s consent...

US court will rehear Epstein victims' claims over plea deal

Aug. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court decided Friday to reconsider claims that Florida federal prosecutors violated the rights of Jeffrey Epstein's sex abuse victims by not informing them about a secret plea deal. The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a previous...

Judge removes Green Party candidates from Montana ballot

Aug. 7, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Green Party of Montana candidates removed from the November ballot after finding the secretary of state improperly rejected requests by voters to have their signatures removed from petitions that qualified the party for the races. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit...

Appeals court sides with teen who spoke out against assault

Aug. 7, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court was justified in blocking the suspension of a Maine high school student who posted a note in a bathroom to draw attention to sexual assault. Cape Elizabeth schools suspended Aela Mansmann, then a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape...

Tennessee updates mail voting application after court ruling

Aug. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials have updated the absentee ballot application for November to reflect that the state Supreme Court eliminated an expansion of mail voting during the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office says voters who have underlying...

Judge halts St. Louis evictions through the end of August

Aug. 7, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has ordered a halt to evictions in St. Louis through the end of August, but a civil rights advocacy group says the moratorium should be extended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Circuit Court Presiding Judge Rex Burlison issued the order Thursday. It does not apply to commercial...