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Transgender group's birth certificate suit advances in Ohio

Sep. 23, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four transgender people challenging an Ohio rule preventing people from changing the gender listings on their birth certificates have won their day in court. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson denied the state's request that the lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Lambda Legal and the...

Judge to hear arguments in challenge to Georgia abortion law

Sep. 23, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge is set to hear arguments over whether Georgia's restrictive new abortion law should be allowed to take effect while a legal challenge is pending. The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. It allows for...

Tennessee abortion clinics hope to defeat waiting period

Sep. 23, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge will hear opening statements Monday in a lawsuit challenging Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period before abortions. Five of the state's seven abortion clinics are suing over the law, claiming it violates the U.S. Constitution. They will try to prove in federal court in...

City argues man cannot sue over gun restrictions

Sep. 23, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The city of Columbus is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to rule individuals have no right to sue the city to overturn gun restrictions. City Attorney Zach Klein argues gun rights activist Gary Witt has no legal grounds to challenge the ordinances because he hasn't been harmed by them....

Florida man charged with making racist threats asks for bond

Sep. 23, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man charged with cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist seeking to run for office in Virginia is asking to be released on bond, saying he is no flight risk. Daniel McMahon was scheduled to appear at a detention hearing Monday before a magistrate judge...

Coldwater equine rescue offers 2nd chance for horses, people

Sep. 23, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — Jaxson Gutierrez gently groomed Tootsie Roll under the shade of a tree where the filly was tied on a warm Saturday morning. The boy's mother, Shawnelle Gutierrez, stood nearby as the 9-year-old demonstrated the proper brushing technique. She said her son has been diagnosed with...

Trial of man accused in 2017 death near Coolidge is delayed

Sep. 23, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The scheduled Jan. 27 trial of a man accused in a 2017 killing south of Coolidge is being delayed. William Randolph's lawyer told a Pinal County Superior Court judge Friday that his side will likely not be ready until sometime in 2021. A status review for the case now is set for Nov....

Judge says mining company violates federal water rules

Sep. 22, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho mining company has not complied with court orders and continues to violate clean water rules, according to a ruling by a federal judge. U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush of Boise in an order Thursday determined that Atlanta Gold had not achieved substantial compliance at...

Court orders end to Greene County domestic abuse court

Sep. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A state appeals court has ordered a Missouri judge to stop operating a domestic abuse court because proper procedure wasn't followed when it was set up. Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson had challenged the domestic abuse court because of his concerns, and the Missouri Court of...

Porter County to offer genetic tests for juvenile offenders

Sep. 22, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — The juvenile court for northwestern Indiana's Porter County is partnering with a laboratory to offer genetic testing for young offenders to help see what psychiatric medications might help them. The county's juvenile court will collaborate with Valparaiso-based Great Lakes Labs to...