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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for mail-in-ballots into a mailbox in Omaha, Neb. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

US judge orders stop to Postal Service cuts, echoing others

Sep. 28, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia joined others Monday in ordering a halt to recent Postal Service cuts that critics say are causing mail delays and threatening the integrity of the presidential election. Six states and the District of Columbia presented “compelling...

Secretary of State Michael Watson speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi seeks to dismiss lawsuit on elections amid COVID

Sep. 28, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Top officials in Mississippi are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to remove some limitations from the state's absentee voting process amid the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary of State Michael Watson and Attorney General Lynn Fitch filed court papers Friday,...

Court: Private locker room violated transgender boy's rights

Sep. 28, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that schools must allow students to use locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity, saying a suburban school district violated the rights of a transgender student by keeping him from using the boys' main locker room. The...

Judge upholds GOP law making absentee voting harder in Iowa

Sep. 28, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge refused to block a new Republican-backed Iowa law that makes it harder for county officials to process absentee ballot applications and more likely that incomplete requests won't be fulfilled. In an opinion dated Friday and released Monday, Judge Lars Anderson rejected...

Georgia court allows lawsuit against sperm bank to proceed

Sep. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A couple who accused a sperm bank of misrepresenting its process for screening donors and providing incorrect medical and educational history of the donor they selected can proceed with a lawsuit against the sperm bank, Georgia's highest court ruled Monday. A Fulton County judge had...

Trump campaign sues to block mail-in ballot rule changes

Sep. 28, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign committee and the Republican National Committee sued Saturday to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state. The Republicans’ lawsuit...

Analysis: Lawsuit lingers long after bitter 2014 Senate race

Sep. 27, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six years after a contentious U.S. Senate race that divided Mississippi Republicans and more than a year after the death of the incumbent who won, a civil lawsuit connected to the case is still winding through the courts. A federal appeals court ruled last week that a Madison police...

Black federal agent alleges smear campaign after lawsuit

Sep. 27, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A supervisor for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Seattle says in a lawsuit she was the target of a smear campaign after she sued over racial harassment by a co-worker with a Nazi tattoo. Cheryl Bishop, a senior supervisory special agent who is Black, said court...

Hastert breach-of-contract jury trial set for February 2021

Sep. 27, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A jury trial for a $1.8 million breach-of-conduct case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been set for February 2021. The 2016 lawsuit was filed by a man alleging he was sexually abused as a teen by Hastert and later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet. The man,...

Lawrence settles with Black driver shot by rookie officer

Sep. 27, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed by a Black man who was shot by a rookie police officer in 2018 during a traffic stop. Akira Lewis sued the city, two officers, the police department and the police chief after he was shot. He...