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FILE - In this March 9, 2010, file photo a tanker truck passes the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, May 26 against major oil companies in lawsuits brought by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said state courts are the proper forum for the lawsuits alleging that Big Oil promoted petroleum as environmentally responsible when producers knew it was causing damage. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

May. 26, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big Oil lost a pair of court battles Tuesday that could lead to trials in lawsuits by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by energy companies and ruled state courts are the proper forum...

Gay equality activist Marco Castillo, right, embraces his longtime partner Rodrigo Campos, after they were married before a judge, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Costa Rica became the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage early Tuesday when a ruling from its supreme court went into effect ending the country's ban. (AP Photo/Carlos Gonzalez)

Costa Rica latest country to legalize same-sex marriage

May. 26, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica became the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage early Tuesday when a ruling from its supreme court went into effect ending the country's ban. Couples held ceremonies — mostly private due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some that were broadcast — to...

Supreme Court refuses case of condemned Alabama inmate

May. 26, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to consider the appeal of an Alabama death row inmate convicted in two slayings. Without comment, the justices rejected a legal challenge by Taurus Carroll, 42. Carroll was convicted in 1998 of killing Betty Long in her family's laundry...

Judge won't dismiss order tossing out virus restrictions

May. 26, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A rural Oregon judge says he won’t dismiss his ruling which tossed out Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home orders to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew B. Shirtcliff told the state Supreme Court...

Poland's president appoints new head of embattled top court

May. 25, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday appointed a judge backed by the right-wing ruling party to be the new head of the Supreme Court, marking apparent victory in years of government efforts to take control of the court. The new head, Malgorzata Manowska, 55, is also head of the...

FILE - In this April 25, 2020 file photo, demonstrators wearing protective face masks amid concerns over the country's coronavirus outbreak, hang a banner showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during

Israel's Netanyahu, unbeaten in elections, is going on trial

May. 23, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After entering the record books last year as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu will once again make history when he becomes the country’s first sitting leader to go on trial. Surrounded by security guards, Netanyahu is set to march into...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Roberts told graduating seniors at his son's high school that the coronavirus has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control

Chief justice says pandemic teaches humility, compassion

May. 23, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts told graduating seniors at his son's high school that the coronavirus has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control" and he counseled the students to make their way with humility, compassion and courage in a world turned upside down....

A DirectTV logo identifies the company's headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 22, 2020. Venezuela’s high court ordered on Friday the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property, days after the U.S. firm abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing U.S. sanctions. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelan high court orders DirecTV property seized

May. 22, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's high court ordered the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property Friday, days after the U.S. company abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing U.S. sanctions. The Supreme Court ruling told the nation's telecommunications agency to seize satellite...

Iowa jury trials postponed until Sept. 14 due to COVID-19

May. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Judicial Branch announced Friday that it would postpone jury trials in criminal cases until at least Sept. 14 and push back any in-person proceedings until July 13 or later because of the coronavirus threat. Some hearings can begin earlier if courthouses meet recommended...

Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020. An aviation official says a passenger plane belonging to state-run Pakistan International Airlines carrying more than 100 passengers and crew has crashed near the southern port city of Karachi. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 22, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. PAKISTAN PLANE CRASH - A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Karachi after an apparent engine failure. 2. BIDEN'S COMMENTS STIR CONTROVERSY - On a radio show, Joe Biden suggests that African Americans who back...