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Florida Woman found guilty of Hurricane Irma relief fraud

Nov. 22, 2019 4:20 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been convicted of fraudulently obtaining Hurricane Irma disaster relief money. Court records show that 37-year-old Karen Latrice Houston was convicted by a jury in Tampa federal court this week of three counts of theft of government funds. She faces up to 10 years in...

Military same-sex spouse denied Alaska oil check sues

Nov. 21, 2019 9:50 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman alleges the state is wrongly enforcing laws barring recognition of same-sex marriages, five years after a federal judge found such a ban to be unconstitutional. In a lawsuit, attorneys for Denali Nicole Smith say Smith was denied eligibility for the check paid to...

Judge gives final approval to Houston-area bail deal

Nov. 21, 2019 9:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement in a lawsuit over the bail system in Texas' most populous county which ensures that most people accused of misdemeanor offenses don't languish in jail. The bail system in Harris County, where Houston is located, had been deemed...

California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

Trial rescheduled for man charged with making racist threats

Nov. 21, 2019 7:54 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Court officials say the upcoming trial of a white man charged with making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia has been postponed. A federal judge on Thursday pushed back the trial date for Daniel McMahon of Brandon, Florida. The trial was originally scheduled to...

House urges court to lift hold on subpoena for Trump records

Nov. 21, 2019 7:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Manhattan’s top prosecutor told the Supreme Court Thursday that President Donald Trump’s arguments to shield his tax returns and financial records are weak, and not deserving of the justices’ intervention. The Democrats said they should be allowed...

2 doctors plead guilty in health care fraud case

Nov. 21, 2019 7:25 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Two doctors have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, in a news release, said 37-year-old Dr. Shahjahan Sultan, of Madison, Mississippi, and 56-year-old Dr. Thomas Edward Sturdavant, of Kingsport, Tennessee, entered their pleas...

AP Exclusive: DOJ would take halted executions to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours after a district court judge temporarily...

The Latest: US may take federal execution case to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on federal executions (all times local): 6 p.m. Attorney General William Barr tells The Associated Press he will take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours...

Former Cornell student tells court why he killed his father

Nov. 21, 2019 6:03 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A former Cornell University student is telling a federal judge why he killed his father, although the murder case against the son was dropped after a jury deadlocked. In court papers filed this month, Charles Tan chronicles a lifelong family history of domestic violence that he...