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Judge voids Alabama law protecting Confederate monuments

Jan. 15, 2019 3:23 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has overturned an Alabama law meant to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments from public property, ruling the act infringed on the rights of citizens in a mostly black city who are "repulsed" by a memorial in a city park. The 10-page ruling issued late Monday by...

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

Jan. 14, 2019 3:49 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it. The federal lawsuit brought...

Judge: Embattled Florida election head needs to be heard

Jan. 10, 2019 12:08 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated a former state election official's constitutional rights when he suspended and "vilified" her without first allowing her to make her own case, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said newly...

Federal judge strikes down Iowa law on undercover ag workers

Jan. 9, 2019 5:53 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down an Iowa law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation, finding the law violated the constitutional right to free speech. U.S. District Court Judge James Gritzner sided with...

South Carolina officer loses appeal over shooting conviction

Jan. 8, 2019 1:50 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An appellate court has upheld the conviction and 20-year sentence of a white former South Carolina policeman for the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist who was running away from a traffic stop. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made that determination Tuesday in the case...

Activist seeks dismissal from pipeline racketeering lawsuit

Jan. 4, 2019 4:26 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An American Indian and environmental activist named in a federal racketeering lawsuit says her opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline was constitutionally protected free speech, not an attempt to incite violence as the company alleges. Krystal Two Bulls asked a judge in a court...

Black Florida teen fights back after SAT cheating accusation

Jan. 3, 2019 4:52 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — An African-American teen in Florida is fighting back after being accused of cheating on the SAT. Kamilah Campbell improved her score by 330 points when she took it again in October. The 18-year-old says she spent hours studying so she could get into Florida State University. But a...

California to pay $3M over death of teen holding pellet gun

Dec. 18, 2018 7:18 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Sonoma County will pay $3 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a California teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy while holding a pellet gun. The Press Democrat reports the settlement was approved unanimously Tuesday by the county Board of...

The Latest: Democratic Rep.-elect says he's ready to work

Dec. 18, 2018 2:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on litigation over Maine's new ranked voting system (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden's campaign says he's ready to start work despite an ongoing legal fight waged by his Republican opponent over Maine's new election system. A federal judge...

Mississippi appeal seeks to revive 15-week abortion ban

Dec. 17, 2018 6:58 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is trying to revive one the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. The state's Democratic attorney general, Jim Hood, filed a notice of appeal Monday in support of a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks. The law was signed in March by...