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Justice appoints Diaz to be veterans assistance secretary

Jul. 30, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Edward A. “Ted” Diaz on Thursday as cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance. Diaz will replace Dennis Davis, who died in January. For the last 10...

White man chosen by Hawaii governor won't get judge job

Jul. 29, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A white man chosen by Hawaii's governor to be an appeals court judge said he wanted to withdraw his name from the confirmation process Thursday after complaints that someone with a different racial background or gender should be selected instead. ...

Idaho governor signs onto major abortion-rights challenge

Jul. 29, 2021 17:28 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 hits tiebreaking single in 10th, Yankees beat Rays 3-1

Jul. 29, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Judge went from being a late scratch to hitting a tiebreaking single in a two-run 10th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight day, 3-1 on Wednesday night. Judge was taken out of the lineup about...

Lawyer named to probe Cook County state's attorney office

Jul. 28, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former federal prosecutor was named Wednesday to investigate the Cook County state’s attorney’s office for wrongdoing during the aborted re-trial of a man accused of killing two Chicago police officers. Judge Alfredo Maldonado appointed Lawrence...

Family seeks 2nd chance at charging officer in man's death

Jul. 28, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge will decide this week whether there's enough evidence to charge a Wisconsin police officer who killed a man sitting in a parked car, after the man's family invoked a rarely used legal process in a bid to get around prosecutors who cleared the officer. ...

New family, circuit judges appointed in West Virginia

Jul. 28, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two new judges have been appointed in West Virginia, one to a family court seat and the other to a circuit court seat. Gov. Jim Justice appointed Richard D. Stephens of Martinsburg to Family Court in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. He will fill...

Hawaii Senate panel hears testimony on appeals court nominee

Jul. 27, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday heard testimony on the nomination of Daniel Gluck, the executive director of the Hawaii Ethics Commission, to serve on the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Critics have questioned Gov. David Ige’s choice...

Trump endorses Paxton for 3rd term as Texas attorney general

Jul. 26, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement Monday for election to a third term, in which Trump called the legally beleaguered incumbent “a true Texan who will keep Texas safe — and will never let you down.” ...

Rachael Rollins nominated to be Massachusetts U.S. attorney

Jul. 26, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rachael Rollins, who has pushed for progressive criminal justice reforms as the first woman of color to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to become the state's top federal prosecutor. If confirmed by...