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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019 file photo, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman pauses at Boone County Circuit Court in Madison, W.Va. A little over a year removed from a corruption scandal centered on a pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court's lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing. There are far fewer names for the three races in May than there were for two spots up for grabs in a November 2018 special election.  Missing from the list of nine candidates is Workman, whose 12-year term also ends this year.   (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

Fewer candidates seek WVa Supreme Court seats after scandal

Jan. 26, 2020 2:42 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A little over a year removed from an impeachment scandal that included pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court's lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing. There are far fewer names for the three races in May than...

Former judge, civil rights activist Nathaniel Jones dies

Jan. 26, 2020 2:08 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nathaniel Jones, a former federal judge who served for more than two decades on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as general counsel for the NAACP, has died. He was 93. Jones' death was confirmed by his daughter, Stephanie Jones and the Hamilton County...

The leader of Venezuela's political opposition Juan Guaido laughs after a meeting at the Madrid regional government building during a visit to Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Juan Guaido, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, arrived Saturday in Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him.(AP Photo/Paul White)

Canada prime minister to welcome Venezuela opposition leader

Jan. 26, 2020 1:50 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó will visit Canada on Monday as part of an international tour aimed at bolstering support for his challenge to socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he and senior Cabinet ministers would meet...

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Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies

Jan. 26, 2020 1:40 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of Corrections. Keith “Bo” Tharpe, 61, died of...

Western New Mexico county developing DWI drug court

Jan. 26, 2020 11:59 AM EST

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A western New Mexico county is developing a new court aimed at helping people convicted of drunken driving and drug offenses, officials announced. McKinley County Magistrate Court is drafting plans for a DWI drug court to aid offenders in becoming sober and to reduce repeat criminal...

Court rules for gay couple in Indiana birth certificate suit

Jan. 26, 2020 9:44 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, Ind (AP) — A federal appeals court sided with a gay married couple who challenged Indiana’s birth records law, arguing that it discriminates against them and their children because birth certificates don’t account for same-sex spouses as parents. The decision from the 7th U.S....

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017 file photo, demonstrators carrying signs chant as they protest outside of the White House in Washington during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Trump's travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is headed back to a federal appeals court, three years after it was first imposed. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2020, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is scheduled to hear arguments in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the ban. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

Jan. 26, 2020 9:26 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim bias. But a federal appeals court in Richmond is set to...

Judge: Students can't be kicked out of UConn housing

Jan. 25, 2020 7:16 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that two University of Connecticut students cannot be kicked out of university housing while their First Amendment lawsuit is in progress. Ryan Mucaj and Jarred Karal were arrested and charged last fall for repeatedly shouting racial slurs outside an...

Thousands of abortion opponents march in San Francisco

Jan. 25, 2020 5:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people who want to outlaw abortion marched across downtown San Francisco on Saturday in the 16th annual Walk for Life. The event, which included a Roman Catholic Mass and a rally near City Hall, came three days after the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v....

Kentucky prosecutor who urged pardon absent from courtroom

Jan. 25, 2020 4:53 PM EST

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky prosecutor has been absent from court in the weeks following the release of the letter where he asked former Gov. Matt Bevin to pardon a man convicted of sexual abuse. Two judges in Christian County said there is an agreement between them and Commonwealth's Attorney Rick...