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Law stopping Florida felons from voting temporarily halted

Oct. 19, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

A federal judge issued a ruling Friday temporarily blocking a Republican-backed Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle could pave the way for thousands of felons who were denied the right to...

Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial

Oct. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation's opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. One of the negotiators, North Carolina...

Federal judge scolds Utah county over gang injunction

Oct. 18, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a Utah county violated the constitutional rights of two Ogden men charged under a gang injunction. The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups recently ruled Weber County's injunction process lacked adequate due process to get a...

Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized

Oct. 18, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a woman charged with firearms and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized for mental health treatment more than a year after authorities arrested her and four other adult residents of a squalid New Mexico compound. In his order, Chief U.S. District...

Court upholds abortion clinic buffer, OKs 'peaceful' contact

Oct. 18, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld a Pittsburgh ordinance Friday that creates a 15-foot buffer zone against protests outside abortion clinics in a decision that also allowed "sidewalk counseling" within that zone. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the city can restrict congregating,...

Cohen turns to Congress in bid to shorten prison sentence

Oct. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's imprisoned former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is again turning to Congress as part of a renewed bid to reduce his prison sentence. Cohen's lawyers sent a letter to the Democratic heads of three congressional committees last month urging them to ask U.S. District Judge...

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11 p.m. Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of...

Fired Arizona Senate staffer gets $350,000 and her job back

Oct. 18, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona Democratic legislative staffer fired four years ago is entitled to more than $350,000 in damages and should get her job back after a jury found she was discriminated against based on race and sex, a federal judge ruled. Talonya Adams should be reinstated as a Senate policy...

Supreme Court steps into case over consumer agency

Oct. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a yearslong, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The justices agreed Friday to review an appeals court decision that upheld the structure of the Consumer...