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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017 file photo, demonstrators carrying signs chant as they protest outside of the White House in Washington during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Trump's travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is headed back to a federal appeals court, three years after it was first imposed. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2020, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is scheduled to hear arguments in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the ban. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Court hears request to proceed with Trump travel ban cases

Jan. 28, 2020 2:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared skeptical Tuesday as civil rights groups sought to allow legal challenges to President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries to move forward despite a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban. The ban, put in place...

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...

US judge delays setting trial date in WVa opioid lawsuit

Jan. 28, 2020 2:08 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia has delayed setting a trial date in a lawsuit filed by the city of Huntington and Cabell County over the opioid crisis. U.S. District Judge David A. Faber said at a status hearing Monday that he would wait until March in order to give attorneys for...

Participants in a protest against Poland's government's efforts to control the court system in front of the Supreme Court where the vice president of the European Commission Vera Jourova was meeting the head of the court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, to discuss the situation of the judges, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

EU high official for talks in Poland on rule of law threats

Jan. 28, 2020 2:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The vice president of the European Commission met Polish parliament and justice officials Tuesday to discuss new legislation that restricts judges amid mounting conflict in Poland as the government takes steps to control the court system. Vera Jourova, who is in charge of EU values...

Woman gets 21 years in prison for killing twin grandsons

Jan. 28, 2020 1:22 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson woman has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of manslaughter in the shooting deaths of her 8-year-old grandsons. A Pima County Superior Court judge sentenced 56-year-old Dorothy Flood on Monday in the killings of Jorden and Jaden Webb...

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 12:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida are asking a federal appeals court 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 who...

Bills in Washington Legislature to allow sports betting

Jan. 28, 2020 12:03 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Bills to allow sports betting at Indian casinos in Washington state, including events like the Super Bowl and the World Series, have been introduced in the Legislature. The bills would allow owners of the 29 Indian casinos in the state to open Las Vegas-style sports books. However, a...

Officials: Missing man's body found in Sacramento river

Jan. 28, 2020 11:36 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California identified a body found in a river as the son of two Missouri judges who went missing in Sacramento in December. The Sacramento Police Department said Monday the coroner identified the body found Sunday in the American River as 25-year-old Alex...

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...

Grand jury: Officer acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

Jan. 27, 2020 10:59 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing in the Portland police fatal police shooting of 51-year-old Koben Henriksen who was seen waving knives at passing cars in early December. The grand jury determined that Officer Justin Raphael lawfully acted in self-defense...