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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft points to fans as his team warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.  Florida prosecutors said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they will not appeal a court's decision to block video allegedly showing Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, making it likely the charges against him will be dropped. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Florida decision likely clears Pats owner of soliciting sex

Sep. 21, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors said Monday that they won't appeal a court's decision blocking video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, making it likely the charges against him will be dropped. If the state challenged the decision...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for the state's primary election, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. A federal judge has ruled that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Judge extends Wisconsin absentee cutoff 6 days post election

Sep. 21, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. The highly anticipated ruling, unless overturned, means that the outcome of the presidential...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. With concerns rising in Pennsylvania that tens of thousands of mail-in ballots will be discarded in the presidential election over technicalities, officials in the battleground state told counties that they aren't allowed to reject a ballot solely because an election official believes a signature doesn't match the signature in the voter’s file. 
 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Secrecy envelopes will cause electoral chaos, official warns

Sep. 21, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top elections official is warning of electoral chaos in the presidential battleground state if lawmakers there do not remove a provision in Pennsylvania law that, under a days-old court decision, requires counties to throw out mail-in ballots returned without secrecy...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, a box of absentee ballots wait to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y. A New York federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to live up to its responsibilities to timely process election mail. The Monday, Sept. 21 written decision by Judge Victor Marrero came after several individuals including candidates for public office sued. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Judge: Postal Service must process election mail on time

Sep. 21, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time in a week, a federal judge said a nationwide order is necessary to ensure mail for November's election is delivered on time, and he is threatening to demand weekly updates on efforts by the U.S. Postal Service to process election mail. On Monday, U.S. District Judge...

Judge won't reinstate frac sand permit in Monroe County

Sep. 21, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge refused Monday to reinstate a wetlands permit for a $75 million frac sand operation in Monroe County. Atlanta-based Meteor Timber has been working for four years to gain permission to build a frac sand plant and rail loading facility on a property that includes a hardwood...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019, file booking photo, provided by the Marinette County Jail is Raymand Vannieuwenhoven. A judge ordered another competency exam Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, for Vannieuwenhoven, an 83-year-old man charged with killing a couple in a northeastern Wisconsin park in 1976.(Marinette County Jail via AP, File)

Man accused in 1976 double slaying to get another psych exam

Sep. 21, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A judge ordered another competency exam Monday for an 83-year-old man charged with killing a couple in a northeastern Wisconsin park in 1976. An attorney for Raymand Vannieuwenhoven asked for a second opinion on the most recent psychiatric exam, which showed the defendant is...

FILE - A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes their platform for communication. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat

Sep. 21, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government's actions...

Jury won't hear what whiskey-drinking suspect told sheriff

Sep. 20, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jury won’t hear what a man charged with killing his ex-wife told a sheriff afterward, because the suspect was drinking whiskey and the sheriff supplied him with cups of ice. A Morgan County Circuit Court judge ruled that Roger Stevens’ statement to authorities...

Verdict against young artists in Sudan stirs controversy

Sep. 20, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese court's decision to send five young artists to prison has stirred controversy both in Sudan and abroad, with activists and rights groups calling for judicial reforms following last year's pro-democracy uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The artists —...

Convictions of Maryland woman in son's injury, death vacated

Sep. 19, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Separate convictions a decade apart have been vacated for a Maryland woman found by courts to have abused her 3-year-old son, who died years later from previous injuries. The state’s intermediate-level Court of Special Appeals ruled this month that Tamekia Martin’s...