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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill arrives for a hearing at the state Supreme Court at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. A 60-day law license suspension is being recommended for Hill after allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, and inappropriately touched three other women during a party. The recommendation filed Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, with the state Supreme Court puts the Republican Hill's ability to remain as state government's top lawyer in jeopardy as he must have a law license to hold the position. It wasn't immediately clear how a temporary suspension would affect his status. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

60-day law license suspension suggested for Indiana AG

Feb. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 60-day law license suspension is being recommended for Indiana’s attorney general after allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of a female state legislator and inappropriately touched three other women during a party. The recommendation filed Friday with the state Supreme...

FILE - This Feb. 22, 2017, file photo provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Ryan Duke. Duke, charged with killing teacher Tara Grinstead in 2005, has been granted a pretrial appeal by the Georgia Supreme Court. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

Pretrial appeal further slows Georgia missing teacher case

Feb. 14, 2020 1:54 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's highest court has granted a pretrial appeal to a man charged with the 2005 slaying of a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade. The Georgia Supreme Court issued an order Thursday saying it will hear Ryan Duke's appeal for state...

Iowa Senator Jake Chapman, R-Adel, speaks in favor of SJR 2001, a controversial abortion ban bill, during senate debate in the Senate Chambers at the Iowa Capitol Building, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Iowa Senate passes abortion constitutional amendment bill

Feb. 13, 2020 6:57 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republican lawmakers on Thursday approved a resolution that would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state. The measure passed the Senate 32-18 along party lines with only Republican votes. It says in part “we the...

FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the Houston Police Department shows Steven Bryant, left, and Gerald Goines, in Houston. Prosecutors said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, they believe a second person who was convicted based on what they allege is false testimony by Goines, an ex-Houston police officer whose cases are being reviewed following a 2019 deadly drug raid, is actually innocent. Bryant is also facing state and federal charges in the deadly raid. Both men were relieved of duty after the shooting and later retired. (Houston Police Department via AP, File)

DA: Man innocent in case tied to ex-cop charged in raid

Feb. 12, 2020 8:12 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors said Wednesday they believe a second person who was convicted based on what they allege is false testimony by an ex-Houston police officer whose cases are being reviewed following a 2019 deadly drug raid is actually innocent. Steven Mallet had pleaded guilty in 2009 to a drug...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that rejected some of the most important permits for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The case is one of several pending before the courts in the long-running battle over what would be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota agency appeals court ruling against PolyMet mine

Feb. 12, 2020 3:09 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that rejected some of the most important permits for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The agency said in a statement that last month's decision from the...

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivers a keynote speech during a dedication of Georgia new Nathan Deal Judicial Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. The center is named for a former governor and is the first state building in the history of Georgia that is devoted entirely to the judiciary. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Justice Thomas: Judges must uphold law, even when unpopular

Feb. 11, 2020 4:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Judges must resist the temptation to bend their rulings to personal racial, religious or partisan preferences and instead uphold the rule of law, even when that leads to unpopular decisions, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday. “Each time a judge sidesteps or...

FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Dallas. Paxton on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law that forbids California state employees using taxpayer-funded business trips to expos or conferences in Texas. California adopted the sanctions in response to a 2017 Texas law allowing foster care and adoption agencies to deny services based on religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas asks Supreme Court to repeal a California travel ban

Feb. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law prohibiting state employees from using taxpayer-funded business trips to expos or conferences in Texas. Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the high court to reverse the ban on Monday, the Houston...

Kansas House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, center left, R-Wichita, and House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., center right, R-Olathe, work the phones during a House vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Hawkins and Ryckman were trying to round up the final votes needed to pass the proposed amendment, which overturns a Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Kansas anti-abortion measure fails; Medicaid plan targeted

Feb. 7, 2020 8:49 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas failed to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot Friday, and abortion opponents responded by moving aggressively to block a Medicaid expansion plan backed by Democrats and GOP moderates. Neither side expected...

Michelle Troconis, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, appears for a pre-trial hearing, Friday, Feb.  6, 2020, at the Stamford Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. Troconis, ex-girlfriend of Fotis Dulos pleaded not guilty to conspiring with him in connection with the disappearance and presumed death of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos.  (Erik Trautmann/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

Dulos' ex-girlfriend pleads not guilty in missing mom case

Feb. 7, 2020 3:20 PM EST

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of Fotis Dulos pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiring with him in connection with the disappearance and presumed death of his estranged wife in Connecticut. Michelle Troconis, 45, appeared in state court in Stamford for the first time since Dulos' died Jan. 30. He...

Republicans in the Kansas House indicate that they want a roll call vote on giving first-round approval to a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights and has advanced to a final vote. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas fight over abortion has debate turned 'on its head'

Feb. 6, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators considering a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion are raising the spectre of women being forced back into going to unsafe and unclean “back alley” clinics if their measure does not pass. But in a twist away from what's typical in...