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Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it

Aug. 13, 2020 11:17 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it.

Mexico judge holds gang leader for trial for fuel theft

Aug. 12, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican court has ordered the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang held over for trial on organized crime charges. José Antonio Yépez Ortiz will be held in prison for at least two months at a maximum security prison just west of Mexico City until further hearings are held. ...

An official turns away two voters at a voting center lacking ballots in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico Supreme Court upholds second round for primaries

Aug. 12, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the votes cast during a botched primary over the weekend are valid and that a second round of voting will be held this Sunday at centers that never opened or did not remain open for the required eight hours. The ruling was...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Morgan Geyser, one of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate multiple times in 2014 to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man, enters a Waukesha County Court for a status hearing in Waukesha, Wis. Geyser, who was 12 at the time of the attack, argued that her case belonged in juvenile court. But on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020, Wisconsin's 2nd District Court of Appeals denied her appeal. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

1 of 2 girls convicted in Slender Man stabbing loses appeal

Aug. 12, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls who repeatedly stabbed a classmate because she believed a fictional horror character named Slender Man would attack her family if she didn’t kill the girl lost an appeal Wednesday. Morgan Geyser was 12 at the time of the 2014 attack, which Payton...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Morgan Geyser, one of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate multiple times in 2014 to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man, enters a Waukesha County Court for a status hearing in Waukesha, Wis. Geyser, who was 12 at the time of the attack, argued that her case belonged in juvenile court. But on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020, Wisconsin's 2nd District Court of Appeals denied her appeal. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

1 of 2 girls convicted in Slender Man stabbing loses appeal

Aug. 12, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls who repeatedly stabbed a classmate because she believed a fictional horror character named Slender Man would attack her family if she didn’t kill the girl lost an appeal Wednesday. Morgan Geyser was 12 at the time of the 2014 attack, which Payton...

FILE - This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted and sentenced to death for carrying out the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. On Friday, July 31, 2020, a federal appeals court overturned the Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence. (FBI via AP, File)

Feds get more time to weigh Boston Marathon bomber appeal

Aug. 12, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed to give prosecutors another month to decide their next step after the court tossed Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week said prosecutors can have until Sept. 14 to file a petition asking...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.  A federal appeals court hears arguments on whether a judge can be ordered to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn now that the Justice Department no longer wants to pursue it.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Appeals court seems wary of ordering dismissal of Flynn case

Aug. 11, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington appeared inclined Tuesday to let a judge decide on his own whether to grant the Justice Department's request to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. Many members of the court expressed...

FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo a sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, has overturned an antitrust ruling against Qualcomm, dismissing arguments that it unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple. The 3-judge panel unanimously sided with the San Diego chipmaker in tossing out a ruling on a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Appeals court tosses antitrust ruling against Qualcomm

Aug. 11, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned an antitrust ruling against Qualcomm, dismissing arguments that it unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple. The 3-judge panel unanimously sided with the San Diego chipmaker in...

U.S. judge: Cities cannot fine people for living outside

Aug. 11, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon city has joined Boise, Idaho, in eliciting a precedent-setting court ruling that could change how cities nationwide cite and fine people living outside. A U.S. judge decided last month that Grants Pass, Oregon, violated its homeless residents’ Eighth Amendment...

New sentencing ordered for American who joined Islamic State

Aug. 11, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — An appeals court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for an American who joined the Islamic State and was given 20 years in prison after his capture. When he was sentenced in 2017, Mohamad Khweis was the only American citizen to be convicted in a U.S. jury trial of successfully...