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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla.  The state of Florida is asking a U.S. appellate court in Georgia to set aside an earlier judge's ruling that allowed some impoverished felons to regain access to the ballot box, despite owing fines and other legal debts.  The matter that will play out Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 before the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals is far from inconsequential because of the razor-thin margins that sometimes decide election contests in Florida, a perennial battleground state.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Appeals court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights

Jan. 28, 2020 5:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to set aside a ruling that allowed some felons to regain access to the ballot box despite owing fines and other legal debts. Florida Republicans, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, argue that only felons...

Court: Blood tests in fatal crashes are unconstitutional

Jan. 28, 2020 5:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A state law requiring a blood test without probable cause in all fatal crashes is unconstitutional, Maine's highest court ruled Tuesday in the case of a trucker fighting a manslaughter conviction. The Supreme Judicial Court issued the ruling even as it upheld the conviction of the...

Panel bolsters case for removing judge over sex comments

Jan. 28, 2020 5:11 PM EST

A three-judge panel has agreed with New Jersey's Supreme Court that a judge who suggested a woman should “close her legs” to prevent a sexual assault should be removed from the bench. The panel's recommendation released Tuesday echoes what the court decided last summer in the case of state Superior...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, the statue of John Harvard sits in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, charged Harvard University professor Charles Leiber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, with lying to officials about his involvement with a Chinese government-run recruitment program through which he received tens of thousands of dollars. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments

Jan. 28, 2020 4:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his...

German appeals verdict in crash that killed Egyptian student

Jan. 28, 2020 4:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German man convicted of negligent homicide for fatally hitting a 22-year-old Egyptian student with his car has appealed the verdict, court officials said Tuesday. The 22-year-old man was given a one-year suspended sentence by a youth court in the eastern city of Cottbus last week. Judges...

Court: 2 Indiana officers not liable in teen's custody death

Jan. 28, 2020 3:56 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled two Indianapolis police officers will not be held liable for the 2015 death of a black teenager who died in police custody after telling officers that he was struggling to breathe. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found there was no evidence the...

Mississippi upholds life without parole for 4 killings

Jan. 28, 2020 2:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal from a man convicted of killing four of his relatives when he was a teenager. Steven McGilberry was 16 when he used a baseball bat to bludgeon his stepfather, half-sister, mother and 3-year-old nephew to death at the...

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law

Jan. 28, 2020 10:24 AM 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---Picture taken on Jan.7 2020, shows cars driving past the City Hostel in Berlin, Germany. A long-standing dispute over a hostel on the grounds of the North Korean embassy in Berlin-Mitte is now at the Berlin Administrative Court. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)

German court rules against Berlin hostel at NKorea embassy

Jan. 28, 2020 9:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday dismissed a legal bid to prevent the closure of a hostel located on the grounds of the North Korean embassy in Berlin that was said to have been a significant source of foreign income for the East Asian country. The ruling by a Berlin regional court was welcomed by...

Judge denies bail for man accused of killing police officer

Jan. 28, 2020 8:02 AM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A judge has denied bail for a man accused of killing Huntsville police officer Billy Fred Clady III. Al.com reports that the ruling came late Monday in the capital murder case against LaJeromeny Brown. He will remain in the Madison County Jail, where he’s been held without...