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Single question OK for power line referendum, court says

Jul. 29, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court on Thursday rejected an attempt to separate a referendum proposal to stop a 145-mile transmission line into three questions, instead of one, on the ballot this fall. The referendum question asks voters if they want to stop...

US judge may require vaccines for California prison staff

Jul. 29, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday said he will consider ordering all California prison employees and inmate firefighters to be vaccinated as the state tries to head off another coronavirus infection surge driven by the more contagious delta variant. ...

GOP governors lend support to Mississippi anti-abortion law

Jul. 29, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

Led by South Carolina's Henry McMaster, a dozen Republican governors are wading into a lawsuit over Mississippi's new anti-abortion law, the outcome of which could have implications for similar measures across the country. On Thursday, attorneys for McMaster submitted an...

6 chimps removed from Missouri facility under court order

Jul. 29, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (AP) — Six chimpanzees have been removed from their caretaker under a court order after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claimed in 2016 that the chimps were being held in inadequate conditions. The chimps were removed Wednesday from a...

Idaho governor signs onto major abortion-rights challenge

Jul. 29, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday signed onto an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the court’s landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. He joined Republican governors from 11 other states in...

Judge considering $1.25M settlement for some SNHU students

Jul. 29, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge is considering a proposed settlement of $1.25 million in a lawsuit filed on behalf of some Southern New Hampshire University students for tuition reimbursement during the coronavirus pandemic. The 3,067 students were enrolled in...

Michigan restricts use of restraints on teens in courts

Jul. 29, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is restricting the use of handcuffs and other restraints on juveniles when they appear in court. They can't be used unless a judge determines that a restraint would prevent harm or there's a belief that a child might dash...

New Yorkers say they've been ignored in stop-and-frisk fight

Jul. 29, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight years after a judge ruled New York City police violated the constitution by stopping, questioning and frisking mostly Black and Hispanic people on the street en masse, people in communities most affected by such tactics say they've been shut out of the legal process to...

Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday

Jul. 29, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month. The White House...

Former judge who told friend of drug investigation sentenced

Jul. 29, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A former Weld County District Judge who tipped off a friend that a mutual acquaintance was the target of a federal drug investigation has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison. U.S. District Court Judge William Martinez sentenced 42-year-old Ryan...