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Wyoming Supreme Court won't rehear university firearms case

Aug. 6, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The state Supreme Court won't rehear a case in which a man said he purposefully brought a gun onto the University of Wyoming's campus in order to challenge the school's policy on prohibiting firearms. Lyle Williams was cited in 2018 with open-carrying a gun on the university's campus...

Changes to Oregon public pension benefits upheld

Aug. 6, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the reductions in public employee pension benefits that state lawmakers passed last year to help address the state’s pension funding deficit and rein in the escalating pension costs. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that nine public...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

4 Ohio operatives plead not guilty in $60M bribery probe

Aug. 6, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four Ohio lobbyists and political operatives pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they conspired as part of what one defendant called an “unholy alliance” aimed at bailing out two aging Ohio nuclear power plants. Former Republican House Speaker Larry Householder and...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2018 file photo, United States Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, in San Diego. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories. Of the lawsuits, 174 have dealt with immigrant rights, targeting the family separation policy, detention and deportation practices, and the administration’s repeated attempts to make it harder to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

'See you in court': ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

Aug. 6, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The day after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.” As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader...

Kansas prison operator, phone provider to pay $3.7M

Aug. 6, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The operator of a privately run federal prison in Kansas and its phone provider have agreed to pay $3.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by attorneys who alleged that calls with their clients at the facility were illegally recorded. CoreCivic, which runs the Leavenworth Detention...

Kelsey Luker reads as she waits in line to vote, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. Luker said she had been in line for almost two hours. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Democrats sue Georgia election officials over lines at polls

Aug. 6, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats are asking a federal judge to order Georgia election officials to take steps to prevent long lines at the polls on Election Day. A lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Atlanta alleges that the causes of long lines that have forced Georgians to wait hours to vote during...

Anchorage to take diner to court over virus order violation

Aug. 6, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An attorney has said the city of Anchorage will take legal action against a local business for violating an order prohibiting indoor dining at restaurants and breweries during the coronavirus pandemic. Anchorage attorney Kate Vogel said Wednesday that the city will seek an...

Judge rules for police on several claims in Taser death suit

Aug. 6, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of Delaware State Police on several claims in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died after being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun. The lawsuit involves the death of Lionel Waters, 35, who was shocked repeatedly after refusing to...

Court: Religious school students likely to succeed in appeal

Aug. 6, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

A federal appeals court has granted an injunctive to stop Vermont from excluding some students who attend a religious school from participating in a state program while an appeal is pending, in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said states cannot cut religious schools from programs that send public...

Seattle crowd-control restraining order extended

Aug. 6, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice attorneys and city officials in Seattle will extend a federal court order that prevented a city ordinance banning the police use of tear gas and less-lethal weapons from being implemented. A temporary order restricting the implementation of the measure was issued...