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Maryland speaker urges governor to settle HBCUs lawsuit

Oct. 23, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones is urging Gov. Larry Hogan to more than double his offer of $200 million to settle a long-running lawsuit involving four historically black colleges. Hogan said Wednesday the legislature can try to find the additional money in the state's budget...

Las Vegas police suspend federal immigration holds at jail

Oct. 23, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police have suspended a program let local jailers detain immigrants at the request of federal authorities, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Wednesday, following a court ruling in California that the American Civil Liberties Union said could have a similar effect in other...

Judge: Iowa lawyer may sue over new judicial nominating law

Oct. 23, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge says a Des Moines lawyer who interviewed for a position on the Iowa Court of Appeals but wasn't a finalist may sue Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials, challenging a new law that gives the governor more power over the commission that selects supreme court and appeals...

Executive privilege mentioned in case of Giuliani associates

Oct. 23, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Rudy Giuliani associates with ties to Ukraine pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges they used foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions, with a defense lawyer for one of them floating the idea that the White House could assert executive privilege over evidence in the case....

Iraqi man's request for release dismissed as removal looms

Oct. 23, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Iraqi man's petition to be released from immigration custody has been dismissed after his order for deportation became final this summer. Thirty-five-year-old Farass Adnan Ali has been in immigration detention for more than two years. In July, U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled that...

Judge rules Utah county violated rights with gang injunction

Oct. 23, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a Utah county violated the rights of two men who were targeted using an injunction restricting the actions of suspected gang members. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the ruling in U.S. District sided with Leland McCubbin and Daniel Lucero of Ogden, who both...

Judge eases Christmas tree-cutting ban in fight over owl

Oct. 23, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scope of a tree-cutting ban across several national forests in the Southwest has been further narrowed to allow for Christmas tree permits and prescribed burns under a new order issued by a U.S. judge in an ongoing fight over a threatened owl. The order was filed late Tuesday,...

Execution stay for man convicted of killing 14-year-old girl

Oct. 23, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has granted a temporary stay of execution to a man convicted in Florida of stabbing and drowning a 14-year-old girl. U.S. District Judge William Jung ordered the stay Wednesday until Dec. 30, giving new attorneys for 73-year-old James Dailey more time to research and...

Lawyer for Kavanaugh accuser to investigate Baltimore police

Oct. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

A former federal prosecutor who represented one of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's accusers has been picked to lead an independent review of a corruption-plagued unit of the Baltimore Police Department, the department's chief announced Wednesday. Michael Bromwich will have "full autonomy" to conduct...

2nd mistrial called in Minnesota traffic crash killing case

Oct. 23, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Minnesota man accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after a traffic accident. Judge Joseph Chase declared the mistrial Wednesday in the case against Alexander Weiss of Rochester, Minnesota, after jurors said they were...