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Poet dropped for laureate job says criticism of poem 'silly'

Jul. 20, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The man whose nomination to become New Hampshire's next poet laureate was withdrawn amid growing criticism of a sexually suggestive poem about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says he doubts people have even read it. Daniel Thomas Moran said Saturday via email that the 2005...

New attorney seeks to delay next trial of Katherine Kealoha

Jul. 20, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A newly appointed, taxpayer-funded attorney representing a former Honolulu prosecutor wants to delay her trial on bank fraud and identity theft charges. Lawyer Gary Singh was appointed to represent Katherine Kealoha after her former taxpayer-funded attorney Cynthia Kagiwada asked to...

Ex-Marine, professor, MLB draft pick among high court clerks

Jul. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who's blind. Two Rhodes scholars. They're among the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by the justices were already on paths to...

New chief judge picked for division of Arizona appeals court

Jul. 20, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new chief judge has been selected for a division of the Arizona Court of Appeals that covers seven of the state's 15 counties. Judge Garye L. Vásquez of Casa Grande was appointed by his colleagues to serve as chief judge for division two of the Court of Appeals. The division...

Verse averse: State poet laureate pick nixed after criticism

Jul. 19, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are poetry slams, and then there are slammed poets. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu abandoned his pick for poet laureate on Friday amid growing criticism of the man's work and how he was selected. Though he never formally nominated him, Sununu, a Republican, had chosen Daniel...

Sandra Day O'Connor's Arizona home makes National Register

Jul. 19, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Before she was hearing cases on the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was bringing people together in her historic Arizona home. The 1950s adobe, where the first woman on the nation's highest court loved to cook and serve meals across party lines, was added Friday to the...

Lawyers: Actor is a victim, so special prosecutor not needed

Jul. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for Jussie Smollett on Friday filed motions contending that because the actor was the victim of an attack earlier this year in Chicago a judge should reverse his decision to appoint a special prosecutor. Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin named a special prosecutor to...

Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations

Jul. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eugene Scalia has a decades-long record of challenging Labor Department and other federal regulations, as well as a famous last name. The combination proved irresistible to President Donald Trump. Trump selected Scalia Thursday to be his new labor secretary. If formally nominated and...

Kosovo PM resigns following Hague war crimes court summons

Jul. 19, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Ramush Haradinaj said he agreed to be interviewed at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers next week and...

Iowa will keep voter registration system for 2020 elections

Jul. 19, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's 14-year-old voter registration system will live to see another presidential election. The Iowa Secretary of State's office confirmed Thursday that a long-discussed plan to replace the I-Voters database will not be completed before the 2020 elections. Spokesman Kevin Hall said...