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After 2016 ruling, battles over juvenile lifer cases persist

Jan. 21, 2019 3:17 AM EST

Locked up for life at 15, Norman Brown remains defined by the crime that put him behind bars. Twenty-seven years ago, Brown joined a neighbor more than twice his age to rob a jewelry shop in Chesterfield, Missouri, and the man shot the owner to death. The shooter was executed. But state officials, bound by a 2016...

New Mexico considers legalizing medically assisted suicide

Jan. 21, 2019 12:30 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering whether to legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. It's the first test of right-to-die legislation since the election last year of a Democratic governor and an enlarged Democratic House majority. Current law that withstood...

Newspaper: Settlement reached in Virginia jail death lawsuit

Jan. 20, 2019 2:47 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail, the state and the jail's former medical provider have agreed to a $3 million settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by the family of an inmate with mental health problems who died in the jail. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk cites court documents in reporting the...

Congo on brink of 1st peaceful transfer with Tshisekeid win

Jan. 20, 2019 2:09 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo is on the brink of its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 after the Constitutional Court on Sunday confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, although questions remain about the result. Tshisekedi, son of the late,...

The Latest: AU 'postpones' urgent trip to Congo over vote

Jan. 20, 2019 1:10 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's election results (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The African Union says it has "postponed" its urgent mission to Congo planned for Monday after the country's Constitutional Court did not heed its unprecedented request to delay the final results of the disputed...

Tshisekedi declared Congo's president, but runner-up revolts

Jan. 19, 2019 11:28 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's election crisis deepened early Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country's "only legitimate president." Fayulu's supporters have alleged an...

The Latest: Tshisekedi says his win a victory for all Congo

Jan. 19, 2019 11:23 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local): 5:20 a.m. Congo's President-elect Felix Tshisekedi said early Sunday that the Constitutional Court's decision confirming him as the winner of the presidential election was a victory for the entire country. "It is Congo...

Congo's Constitutional Court declares Felix Tshisekedi is elected president after rejecting challenges to the vote

Jan. 19, 2019 7:13 PM EST
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Constitutional Court declares Felix Tshisekedi is elected president after rejecting challenges to the vote.

Congo's Constitutional Court rejects runner-up Fayulu's challenge to presidential election results

Jan. 19, 2019 6:40 PM EST
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Constitutional Court rejects runner-up Fayulu's challenge to presidential election results.

Shutdown leads to delays in lawsuits against government

Jan. 19, 2019 11:13 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — During the longest-ever government shutdown, the federal judiciary has remained open, allowing the wheels of justice to keep turning in most criminal cases. But many civil cases have come to a halt because the U.S. Department of Justice doesn't have enough attorneys working to handle...