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This combo of file photos from Washington show Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall  on Oct. 24, 1967; and Constance Baker Motley, nominated to be judge of the southern district of New York, at her confirmation hearing, on April 4, 1966. The NAACP's Legal Defense Fund launched a $40 million scholarship program on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, to create a new generation of civil rights lawyers. The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, named for the legal defense fund's founder and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and his staff attorney Constance Baker Motley, who later became the first Black female federal judge. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, left, and Henry Griffin)

Anonymous $40 million gift funding 50 civil rights lawyers

Jan. 18, 2021 1:10 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund launched a $40 million scholarship program on Monday to support a new generation of civil rights lawyers, dedicated to pursuing racial justice across the South. With that whopping gift from a single anonymous donor, the fund plans to put 50...

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump.  In December, Paxton filed legal papers attempting to overturn the results of the presidential election based on unfounded claims of election fraud in four states that supported President Donald Trump in 2016 but elected Joe Biden president in 2020. The Republican attorneys general for 17 other states made legal filings supporting his effort, which was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Actions by GOP attorneys general could damage credibility

Jan. 17, 2021 2:11 PM EST

By supporting efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election, most of the nation's Republican state attorneys general may have undermined their offices' long-held special status in federal courts. In December, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed legal papers attempting to overturn the results of...

An Afghan man sweeps blood after Gunmen fired in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Gunmen fired on a car in northern Kabul on Sunday, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan's high court and wounding the driver, a court official said. It was the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government officials in Qatar. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Official: Gunmen kill two women judges in Afghan capital

Jan. 17, 2021 3:02 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen fired on a car in northern Kabul on Sunday, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan's high court and wounding the driver, a court official said. It was the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government officials in...

Reno judges, staff jump the line for COVID-19 vaccinations

Jan. 16, 2021 4:45 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — City officials in Reno have criticized the Municipal Court staff after learning they may have secured vaccinations for some city personnel and their families ahead of plans outlined by Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Washoe County Health District. “To those of you who were...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, anti-abortion activists participate in the

March for Life asks its supporters to stay home this year

Jan. 16, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest. Instead, a small group of invited anti-abortion leaders will march Jan. 29, and the...

ND officials predicted electoral vote lawsuit would fail

Jan. 16, 2021 1:35 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Emails indicate North Dakota’s attorney general signed onto the Texas lawsuit over the presidential election despite expectations from some of his top officials that the legal challenge would fail. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the lawsuit which 17 states signed onto...

Trial date set in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Jan. 16, 2021 10:53 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has set a March 23 trial date for six men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor in what authorities say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids set...

Court: Tourette's patient can sue for being denied procedure

Jan. 16, 2021 9:38 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A woman who has Tourette’s syndrome may proceed with her lawsuit against a surgeon who declined to repair her injured shoulder because of her disability, the state Supreme Court ruled. The doctor performed surgery on Carol Cutting's injured shoulder but opted not to repair her...

This 2015 photo provided by Shawn Nolan Chief, Capital Habeas Unit Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, shows Dustin Higgs at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Ind. Higgs, the last federal inmate facing execution before President Donald Trump leaves office was sentenced to death for the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge in 1996. Higgs is scheduled to be executed on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. ((Federal Bureau of Prisons/Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania via AP))

Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution

Jan. 16, 2021 4:21 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration early Saturday carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — an opponent of the federal death penalty. Dustin Higgs, convicted of ordering...

2 Hawaii men indicted in 2014 hate crime case on Maui

Jan. 16, 2021 2:41 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charged two Hawaii men with one count of a hate crime after they allegedly attacked a white man who was attempting to move into their Maui neighborhood. Court documents said Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. punched, kicked and used a shovel...