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Does Catalan crisis threaten to make Spain 'ungovernable'?

Feb. 16, 2019 1:55 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The secession crisis festering in Spain's northeastern corner of Catalonia has spread to the political heart of the European Union nation. Twice in less than a year, separatist lawmakers from Catalonia have played the role of king slayer, with their votes in the national Parliament...

Federal judge ends protections for Miami's homeless

Feb. 16, 2019 11:37 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has abolished a consent decree that prevented Miami police from arresting homeless people for loitering, sleeping on sidewalks, or urinating in public. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno on Friday issued an opinion dissolving the Pottinger Agreement that established...

Judge: Mississippi suit to cover all who lost voting rights

Feb. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category. The ruling this week by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan certifying the lawsuit as a class action raises the stakes...

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....

Judge bars immigration policing criteria for 2 grants

Feb. 16, 2019 12:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday permanently blocked the Trump administration from imposing conditions that police departments cooperate with immigration authorities to receive law enforcement grants. The Department of Justice exceeded its authority and violated the constitution by requiring...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Feb. 16, 2019 12:28 AM EST

Where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump also plays a central role in a...

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...

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

Feb. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday. Court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office reveal that Manafort faces possibly the...

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

Feb. 15, 2019 8:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday placed some limits on what President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone and his lawyers can say publicly about his criminal case in the special counsel's Russia probe. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson stopped short of imposing a broad ban on...

ICE halts force-feeding of immigrant detainees in Texas

Feb. 15, 2019 8:09 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has suddenly stopped force-feeding a group of men on a hunger strike inside an El Paso immigration detention center, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The dramatic reversal came Thursday as public pressure was mounting on ICE to halt the practice,...