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This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Robert Leamon. A Cass County, Mich., judge said he will order a new sentence for Leamon, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1993 death of Rebecca Stowe. They were teenagers at the time. Leamon, has been in jail or prison for more than 20 years and is currently serving a no-parole sentence. The new sentence will give him an opportunity for release.(Michigan Department of Corrections via AP)

Michigan juvenile lifer to get new sentence in girl's death

Jan. 17, 2020 4:49 PM EST

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) — A judge set aside a life sentence for a man who was convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend when they were teenagers and burying her body in southwestern Michigan. The decision Monday by a Cass County judge means Robert Leamon, 43, will get a new sentence and a chance for...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Who's who on Trump's legal team for impeachment trial

Jan. 17, 2020 4:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those joining White House...

Judge, lawyer, AG's staffer finalists for top Kansas court

Jan. 17, 2020 4:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Court of Appeals judge, a Lawrence attorney and a veteran prosecutor now working for the attorney general's office are finalists for a state Supreme Court seat. A lawyer-led state nominating commission on Friday sent the candidates' names to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. She...

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia urges justices to uphold weapons ban at gun rally

Jan. 17, 2020 4:22 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia urged the state Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a weapons ban at an upcoming gun rally in the capital, insisting it was necessary to prevent a repeat of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally more than two years ago. State Attorney General Mark Herring's...

FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules

Jan. 17, 2020 4:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The justices agreed Friday to yet another case stemming from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, this time about...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, a view of the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters are required to support presidential candidate who wins state.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Justices to consider faithless electors, ahead of 2020 vote

Jan. 17, 2020 3:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will decide ahead of the 2020 election whether presidential electors are bound to support the popular vote winner in their states or can opt for someone else. Advocates for the court's intervention say the issue needs urgent resolution in an era of intense...

Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage

Jan. 17, 2020 3:35 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage.

Supreme Court to decide whether Electoral College voters are required to support presidential candidate who wins state

Jan. 17, 2020 3:33 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court to decide whether Electoral College voters are required to support presidential candidate who wins state.

Appeals court won't rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

Jan. 17, 2020 3:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic d oes...

In this undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Donnie Clevelan Lance, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago. State Attorney General Chris Carr announced Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 that Lance, 66, is scheduled to die on Jan. 29, 2020, at the state prison in Jackson, Ga. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

Georgia sets execution for man convicted of killing 2 people

Jan. 17, 2020 3:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago is set to executed later this month. Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, is scheduled to die Jan. 29 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr and Department of Corrections Commissioner...