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US appeals court says judge went too far on drug data order

Jun. 20, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a judge went too far in blocking release of federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel on Thursday vacated an order by Cleveland-based U.S. District Judge Dan Polster to keep...

High court takes case involving Puerto Rico financial crisis

Jun. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide a challenge to the oversight board established by Congress in response to Puerto Rico's financial crisis. The justices said Thursday they are adding the issue to their term that begins in October and will hear the case that month. Hedge funds that invested in...

Ukraine high court approves president's early election order

Jun. 20, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's constitutional court has ruled in favor of the president's order to dissolve the parliament and call snap elections. Thursday's ruling paves the way for elections to the Supreme Rada to be held on July 21, about four months ahead of schedule. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy issued the...

Roy Moore to announce whether he'll run for US Senate again

Jun. 20, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore will announce Thursday whether he will make another run for U.S. Senate after failing to win the seat two years ago amid sexual misconduct accusations. Three people with direct knowledge of Moore's thinking say they expect him to jump into the 2020 race....

Iowa discrimination trial against ex-governor moved

Jun. 20, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A civil trial alleging former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against an ex-state official because he's gay has been moved 35 miles east to Newton. An order entered by Judge Brad McCall on Thursday says attorneys for both sides agreed to move the trial to the Jasper County...

Court rejects abuse-of-power lawsuit against former governor

Jun. 20, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Maine's former Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a lawsuit accusing him of abuse of power. The full 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston held Wednesday that LePage has immunity from a claim that he discriminated against former Democratic House...

Judge: Vineyard tribe needs local approval to open casino

Jun. 20, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Native American tribe needs to secure local approvals before building a casino on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Saylor ruled Wednesday the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe is not subject to state and local regulations concerning...

Israel honors Patriots owner Kraft with warm welcome

Jun. 20, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel gave the royal treatment to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday with a high-profile lunch and meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just before he was awarded the prestigious Genesis Prize, known as the "Jewish Nobel." The feting and gala ceremony in his...

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

Jun. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. The justices, ruling 7-2 in favor of the cross' backers, said...

Today in History

Jun. 20, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 20, the 171st day of 2019. There are 194 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 20, 1921, U.S. Rep. Alice Mary Robertson, R-Okla., became the first woman to preside over a session of the House of Representatives. On this date: In 1782, Congress...