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Court rules for gay couple in Indiana birth certificate suit

Jan. 26, 2020 9:44 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, Ind (AP) — A federal appeals court sided with a gay married couple who challenged Indiana’s birth records law, arguing that it discriminates against them and their children because birth certificates don’t account for same-sex spouses as parents. The decision from the 7th U.S....

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017 file photo, demonstrators carrying signs chant as they protest outside of the White House in Washington during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Trump's travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is headed back to a federal appeals court, three years after it was first imposed. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2020, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is scheduled to hear arguments in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the ban. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

Jan. 26, 2020 9:26 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim bias. But a federal appeals court in Richmond is set to...

Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies

Jan. 26, 2020 9:14 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of Corrections Keith “Bo” Tharpe, 61, died of...

Judge: Students can't be kicked out of UConn housing

Jan. 25, 2020 7:16 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that two University of Connecticut students cannot be kicked out of university housing while their First Amendment lawsuit is in progress. Ryan Mucaj and Jarred Karal were arrested and charged last fall for repeatedly shouting racial slurs outside an...

Thousands of abortion opponents march in San Francisco

Jan. 25, 2020 5:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people who want to outlaw abortion marched across downtown San Francisco on Saturday in the 16th annual Walk for Life. The event, which included a Roman Catholic Mass and a rally near City Hall, came three days after the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v....

Judge rules for male student in UConn misconduct probe

Jan. 25, 2020 12:52 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a temporary order requiring the University of Connecticut to reinstate a male student who had been banned from campus for two years amid a sexual misconduct investigation. The student, referred to in court documents as John Doe, said in a lawsuit that UConn...

Judge declines early prison release request by ex-sheriff

Jan. 25, 2020 12:38 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling will not result in an early prison release for former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella, a judge said. U.S. District Judge James Browning declined an early release request by Rodella based on a change in a federal firearms law in June, Santa...

Wife of Maryland Ponzi schemer to serve 6 weekends in jail

Jan. 25, 2020 11:34 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The wife of a man serving 22 years in prison for cheating family, friends and investors in a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme got a sterner sentence than prosecutors and defense attorneys recommended. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett exceeded the probation recommendation in sentencing...

Wanted man who rammed patrol car gets 17 years

Jan. 25, 2020 11:24 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday told Shane J. Pariseau that he is running out of chances after he escaped a high-speed police in 2018 only to be found days later in a Spokane hotel room with what one prosecutor described as a “mountain” of drugs. Pariseau, 40, was sentenced...

N Carolina attorneys file appeal plans of voter ID ruling

Jan. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general filed formal notice Friday that his office will appeal a federal judge's ruling that has blocked the latest legislative bid to carry out a voter photo identification law. Lawyers serving under Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein filed the paperwork...