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Kenai Peninsula Borough seeks greater role in LNG project

Aug. 14, 2018 1:28 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Peninsula Borough is seeking to boost its role in the Alaska LNG project, aiming to keep the proposed liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nikiski. The Peninsula Clarion reports the borough assembly voted last week to petition the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for...

Lawmakers impeach all 4 W.Va. court justices over spending

Aug. 14, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment. The state House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Allen Loughry on...

Prosecution rests in Manafort tax evasion and fraud trial

Aug. 13, 2018 10:28 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday rested their tax evasion and bank fraud case in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, closing two weeks of testimony that depicted him as using millions of dollars hidden in offshore accounts to fund a luxurious lifestyle — and later...

Nevada high court gets flurry of filings in execution case

Aug. 13, 2018 7:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two drugmakers asked the Nevada Supreme Court on Monday to let a state court judge hear arguments before justices take up an appeal about whether the state can use their products for an execution. The companies "and the citizens of Nevada have a substantial interest in knowing how the...

The Latest: 60K sign petition to oppose Nebraska execution

Aug. 13, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska preparing for its first execution since 1997 (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Death penalty opponents say they have gathered more than 60,000 signatures calling on Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts to stop the state from carrying out its first execution since 1997....

The Latest: Manafort judge closes court for sealed motion

Aug. 13, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial has closed the courtroom from the public while he hears argument on a sealed motion filed by the former Trump campaign chairman. U.S. District Judge...

Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

Aug. 13, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Three years after Nebraska lawmakers voted to abolish capital punishment, the state is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday in a bewildering about-face driven largely by the state's Republican governor. Gov. Pete Ricketts, a wealthy former businessman,...

Missouri church racks up $884K in legal fees

Aug. 13, 2018 5:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri taxpayers may be covering $884,000 in legal fees for a Columbia church's U.S. Supreme Court case after a state agency denied its playground resurfacing. Attorney General Josh Hawley praised the high court ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church but questioned the fees and...

Immigration cases tossed in fallout from high court ruling

Aug. 13, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown out, bringing more chaos to a system that was already besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy...

Mississippi officials seek to end suit over Senate district

Aug. 13, 2018 2:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three top Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to create a larger black majority in one of the 52 state Senate districts. Gov. Phil Bryant, Attorney General Jim Hood and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said in court papers filed...