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AP Analysis: Justice Dept. reversal could cost states $220M

Apr. 25, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department has put a handful of states in danger of losing at least $220 million in annual lottery profits that they use to fund college scholarships, senior citizen services and a variety of other programs. The states are anxiously waiting on a...

Supreme Court nixes transfer of child abuse case to tribe

Apr. 25, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled a judge erred when he transferred a child abuse and neglect case from state court to tribal court. In an opinion issued last week, the high court said the 7th Circuit Court judge should have considered testimony from the child's doctor before...

Penn State ex-president asks US court to overturn conviction

Apr. 25, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is asking a federal magistrate judge to overturn his conviction, less than a week before he is scheduled to start serving two months in jail. Spanier was in a Scranton, Pennsylvania, courthouse Thursday as his lawyers argued it violated the...

The Latest: Joe Biden says he asked Obama 'not to endorse'

Apr. 25, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential bid (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Former Vice President Joe Biden has dismissed a reporter's question about why he wasn't endorsed for 2020 by former President Barack Obama, who issued a statement calling his choice of...

Biden launches 2020 bid warning 'soul' of America at stake

Apr. 25, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on Twitter , Biden focused on the 2017 deadly clash between white...

Hawaii council considers withdrawal of injection well appeal

Apr. 25, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii county council is considering a resolution to settle a longstanding legal case over wastewater pumped into injection wells. Maui County Council chairwoman Kelly King proposed a measure Tuesday to withdraw a legal appeal that is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court regarding...

Fed judge upholds Yakama fireworks sales in Klickitat County

Apr. 25, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that members of the Yakama tribe can continue to sell fireworks on tribal lands without interference from Klickitat County officials. Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer issued cease-and-desist orders last summer to five tribal members operating fireworks...

One horrifying day in Virginia led to Biden's big 'yes'

Apr. 25, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

Joe Biden spent a hot August day at his lakefront Delaware home watching hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, where, days earlier, torch-wielding white supremacists had marched through town. A counter-protester advocating racial equality was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd....

Alabama woman charged with murder in fire that killed infant

Apr. 25, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman is charged with capital murder in an apartment fire that killed her 4-month-old child. News outlets report 31-year-old Ashley Nicole King of Phenix City was arrested following a blaze Wednesday. The woman covered her face with her hands as she walked through a...

Papuans challenge Indonesian rule at country's highest court

Apr. 25, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers are challenging Indonesia's incorporation of the volatile Papua region into its territory in 1969 with a judicial review at the country's highest court. A spokesman for a group of 15 Papuan lawyers, Agus Sumule, said Thursday the "Act of Free Choice" referendum violated...