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Power corridor referendum is unconstitutional, court says

Aug. 13, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A referendum aimed at overturning approval of a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor is unconstitutional, and should not appear on the November ballot, the state supreme court ruled Thursday. The Supreme Judicial Court found that the referendum "fails to meet the...

Judge: Woman stabbed British tourist in psychotic episode

Aug. 13, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island judge found that a woman who stabbed a British tourist visiting her home did so in a moment of psychosis and is not responsible for second-degree murder. Justice Robert Bogle issued the verdict in the historic trial, which was conducted in part over video, in Nassau...

File - In this Friday, June 12, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Nicholas Rovinski, second from right, of Warwick, R.I., is depicted standing with his attorney William Fick, right, as Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell, left, presides during a hearing in federal court in Boston. In August 2020, U.S. District Judge William Young ordered Rovinski's early release after his lawyers argued that his medical conditions make him particularly susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP, File)

Man guilty in terror plot to be released from prison

Aug. 13, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man sentenced to 15 years in prison for participating in a plot to behead a blogger on behalf of the Islamic State group will be released early because of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge has ruled. The judge ordered Nicholas Rovinski's release this week after his...

Double homicide case in Brown County moves to sanity phase

Aug. 13, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The trial for a Green Bay area man found guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend and her mother is moving to the next phase in which jurors will determine if he should be held responsible due to mental illness. A jury in Brown County found 30-year-old Jacob Cayer guilty Wednesday...

Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it

Aug. 13, 2020 11:17 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it.

Judge orders Oahu organized crime suspect held without bail

Aug. 13, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an Oahu businessman held without bail pending trial on multiple charges stemming from a lengthy organized crime ring investigation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Mansfield on Tuesday granted federal prosecutors' request for the detention of Michael Miske Jr....

New York challenges ruling that allowed larger weddings

Aug. 13, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are challenging a federal judge's ruling in favor of two couples who wanted to have more than 50 people at their weddings despite the state's pandemic-related restrictions. U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby issued a preliminary injunction Friday that allowed a...

Mexico judge holds gang leader for trial for fuel theft

Aug. 12, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican court has ordered the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang held over for trial on organized crime charges. José Antonio Yépez Ortiz will be held in prison for at least two months at a maximum security prison just west of Mexico City until further hearings are held. ...

An official turns away two voters at a voting center lacking ballots in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico Supreme Court upholds second round for primaries

Aug. 12, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the votes cast during a botched primary over the weekend are valid and that a second round of voting will be held this Sunday at centers that never opened or did not remain open for the required eight hours. The ruling was...

Seattle mayor appeals recall decision to state Supreme Court

Aug. 12, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is asking the state Supreme Court to reverse the decision of a King County judge that has allowed a recall effort to move forward that could result in her being removed from office. Five Seattle residents filed a petition seeking to recall Durkan over her role in...