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Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

Feb. 16, 2019 6:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal agreement....

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight

Feb. 15, 2019 10:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal...

ACLU of Massachusetts sues for border wall contract records

Feb. 15, 2019 5:16 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit demanding information about a contract for a section of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump said his administration awarded. The Republican tweeted in December that he "just gave out a 115...

The Latest: Judiciary chair seeks hearing on emergency claim

Feb. 15, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 4:50 p.m. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is calling for a hearing "in the coming days" on President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. In a letter to Trump Friday, Nadler and...

APNewsBreak: Settlement brings reforms to Oregon county jail

Feb. 14, 2019 3:39 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials in an Oregon county agreed Thursday to lower the number of inmates crammed into a single cell and take other actions after a woman filed a lawsuit saying she was jailed under inhumane conditions. Under the settlement in U.S. District Court, staff at the Douglas County jail in...

Jury sides with transgender employee in 'historic' Iowa case

Feb. 13, 2019 7:22 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury ruled Wednesday that an Iowa prison warden discriminated against a transgender employee by denying him the use of men's restrooms and locker rooms in a verdict that advocates call "historic." Jurors also found that the state executive branch discriminated against Jesse Vroegh...

In House's Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Feb. 13, 2019 6:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting congressional authority over war-making powers, the House passed a resolution Wednesday that would force the administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen, in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's alliance with the Saudi-led coalition behind the military...

Voter residency law challenged in nation's 1st primary state

Feb. 13, 2019 3:23 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire law that will make residency a condition of voting in the state unconstitutionally restricts students' right to vote, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a lawsuit. Under current law, New Hampshire is the only state that doesn't require residency. The...

Vermont official urges police review after racism case

Feb. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town, at the urging of the state attorney general, is looking for an outside expert to review the police department's practices following its handling of reports of racial harassment against the state's only black female lawmaker, who later resigned . Attorney General T.J....

The Latest: Vermont town seeks review of police practices

Feb. 12, 2019 4:28 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on call for review of police department following racial harassment case. (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A Vermont town says it's looking for an outside expert to review the police department's practices following its handling of reports of racial harassment against the...