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Sununu signs bill responding to sales tax ruling

Jul. 22, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has passed legislation fighting back against a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for other states to collect sales tax from the state's businesses. The so-called Wayfair ruling effectively ending the requirement that a company have a "physical presence" in a...

Stevens, ex-colleagues took different paths in retirement

Jul. 22, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens never really put down his pen. Without opinions and dissents to write following his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2010, Stevens chose instead to write books from his home in Florida, reflecting on his life but also the Constitution....

Sanders' early life in Brooklyn taught lessons, some tough

Jul. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Back on Brooklyn College's red brick campus this winter to launch his second bid for the White House, Bernie Sanders set aside rhetoric for a few minutes to acknowledge the neighborhood where he grew up. The irascible Vermont senator recalled that his father had come to Brooklyn as an...

Billings man gets 4 years prison in meth trafficking case

Jul. 21, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Montana man to four years in prison after the man admitted selling methamphetamine as part of a large drug trafficking ring. Steven Amundson, of Billings, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters after pleading guilty to possession...

Bankrupt US coal company secures short-term funding

Jul. 20, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. judge has approved funding to allow a bankrupt coal company to maintain basic operations for a few days. U.S. District Judge Frank Volk in West Virginia approved $2.9 million in debtor-in-possession financing Friday from two lenders to Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel LLC....

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...

Federal jury clears Oklahoma deputy in fatal shooting

Jul. 20, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal jury has cleared a Mayes County deputy accused in a lawsuit of violating the civil rights of a man he fatally shot more than five years ago. The Tulsa World reports that the jury in Tulsa on Thursday found that Deputy Kyle Wilson did not use excessive force in the Jan. 1,...

Utah governor order's flag-lowering Tuesday for Stevens

Jul. 20, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert is ordering that U.S. and Utah flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday in honor of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who will buried that day at Arlington National Cemetery. Herbert's office said in its...

Federal judge upholds a Trump alternative to 'Obamacare'

Jul. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration's expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act's costlier comprehensive insurance. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the potential...

Panel orders federal judge to reconsider Trump appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court on Friday ordered a federal judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case that accuses President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...