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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla. A federal judge has ruled that the Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle has acknowledged he is unlikely to have the last word, expecting the administration of Republican Gov. DeSantis to launch an appeal. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote

May. 24, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday. The 125-page ruling was issued by U.S. District Court Judge...

Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

Group appeals order in favor of Maryland lockdown rules

May. 24, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several state lawmakers, religious leaders and other plaintiffs are appealing a federal judge’s refusal to strike down a stay-at-home order and other restrictions that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Judge won't reconsider lawsuit brought by Madigan opponent

May. 24, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge won't reconsider his decision to throw out a lawsuit alleging Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan conspired to put up sham candidates in a 2016 Democratic primary. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly denied a motion Saturday to reconsider an August decision on a lawsuit...

Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid. If the judge declines to do so, justices said Saturday that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff must explain why and give the...

Virus threat prompts prison release of convicted Chicago cop

May. 23, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered that a former Chicago police officer convicted of conspiring with a gang member in the kidnappings and robberies of drug dealers released from prison more than six years early due to the threat of the coronavirus. The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that U.S....

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....

Judge rules Burt Lake Band can apply for federal recognition

May. 23, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BURT LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians can reapply for federal recognition, and tribal authorities have until next week to respond. In March, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of the American...

Judge demands ICE better explain why it won't release kids

May. 22, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday criticized the Trump administration's handling of detained immigrant children and families, ordering the government to give the court detailed information about its efforts to quickly release them in the wake of the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee on...