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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives to speak to the media during a press conference at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Thailand’s highest court is set to rule Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 on whether Prayuth has breached ethics clauses in the country’s constitution and should be ousted from his position. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai leader faces court ruling that could cost him his job

Dec. 1, 2020 9:09 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s highest court is set to rule Wednesday on whether Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has breached ethics clauses in the country’s constitution and should be ousted from his position. The Constitutional Court will rule on a complaint brought by the Pheu Thai Party, the...

FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Bill Cosby, center, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman. The actor has spent more than two years in prison since he was convicted of sexual assault in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Now the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear his appeal of the conviction on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The arguments will focus on the trial judge's decision to let five other accusers testify for the prosecution.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Cosby's sex assault conviction goes before high-level court

Dec. 1, 2020 6:26 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby's alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. Cosby, 83, hopes to...

Federal judge denies CMP motion to delay or dismiss

Dec. 1, 2020 6:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has denied a motion by Central Maine Power and its parent companies to dismiss or delay a case brought by customers who allege that they received inaccurate charges from a new billing system and that the company attempted to conceal the defect. U.S. District Court...

Court overturns conviction in 2010 murder, orders new trial

Dec. 1, 2020 5:07 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A divided Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the 2017 murder conviction of a man accused of fatally shooting another man in Bridgeport in 2010, and ordered a new trial. The court said in a 4-3 ruling that the judge who oversaw the trial of Billy Ray Jones failed to...

Portland in contempt of order limiting impact munitions

Dec. 1, 2020 4:41 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has found the city of Portland in contempt of his order that limited the use of less-lethal impact munitions during protests. U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez ruled Monday that police violated his order three times on June 30 as officers declared an unlawful...

Judge deems Oklahoma train crossing law unconstitutional

Dec. 1, 2020 4:22 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled in favor of a railroad that challenged a state law that bans stopped trains from blocking streets for more than 10 minutes. BNSF Railway Co. sued Oklahoma last year after police officers in Edmond and Davis issued citations over blocked streets....

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman attends a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Abdur'Rahman was scheduled to be executed in April, but last fall a judge resentenced him based on claims that prosecutors had illegally excluded African Americans from the jury pool. The attorney general appealed the resentencing, and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals heard arguments Tuesday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Appeals court vacates agreement to resentence Black inmate

Dec. 1, 2020 12:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee trial court judge improperly reduced a Black inmate's death sentence to life in prison last year, a state appeals court has ruled. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (AHB’-dur-RAK’-mahn) was scheduled to be executed in April, but the judge resentenced him last...

Keira Bell speaks to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Britain’s High Court has ruled that children under 16 years old who are considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to medical treatment involving drugs that delay puberty. The case was brought by two claimants against a National Health Service trust that runs the U.K.’s public gender identity development service for children. Bell, one of the claimants, who was prescribed hormone blockers at 16, argued that the clinic should have challenged her more over her decision to transition to a male. (Sam Tobin/PA via AP)

UK court rules against clinic in puberty blocking drugs case

Dec. 1, 2020 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s High Court ruled Tuesday that children under 16 years old who are considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to medical treatment involving drugs that delay puberty. The ruling said that because of the experimental nature of the drugs,...

Faisal Siddiqi, center, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002, leaves the Supreme Court with his team after an appeal hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Pakistan’s top court on Tuesday resumed the hearing of an appeal from the family of Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter.  (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan court resumes appeal hearing in Daniel Pearl murder

Dec. 1, 2020 8:15 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s top court on Tuesday resumed the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The key suspect in Pearl’s...

California high court upholds serial killer's death penalty

Dec. 1, 2020 12:08 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of raping and strangling 10 women in Los Angeles. However, the court reversed his conviction for the death of one victim's fetus. Chester Dewayne Turner, a 54-year-old one-time pizza deliveryman, was...