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  • LA judge dismisses suit over park Nativity scenes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles federal judge on Thursday dismissed a Christian group’s lawsuit to force suburban Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private …


  • AP source: Strauss-Kahn, NY hotel maid to settle

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her have reached an agreement to settle her …


  • Texas inmate waits more than 30 years for retrial

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Kansas man who remains in a Texas prison more than 30 years after his murder conviction was overturned has become the subject of a fight between …


  • 30 Tenn. courthouses receive bomb threats

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Bomb threats to 30 courthouses and other government buildings across Tennessee forced many to be evacuated Tuesday, including the federal building in Memphis, but authorities said …


  • With Egypt’s Morsi, US facing a familiar dilemma

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has been here before, praising an Egyptian leader for championing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts while expressing concern over his commitment to democracy at home. But …


  • 29 Tenn. courthouses receive bomb threats

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the number of Tennessee courthouses involved in a rash of false bomb threats has risen to 29. Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security …


  • 24 Tenn. courthouses receive bomb threats

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Bomb threats forced the evacuation of 24 courthouses across Tennessee Tuesday morning, including the federal building in Memphis, but authorities who are investigating said no devices …


  • Another blow for state’s anti-eavesdropping law

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered another blow to a 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois, choosing to let stand a lower court finding that key parts …


  • Court rejects plea to block taping of police

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an Illinois prosecutor’s plea to allow enforcement of a law aimed at stopping people from recording police officers on the job. The …


  • Court orders new look at health care challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration. The court on Monday ordered …


  • High court rejects appeal of ex-La. congressman

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place the corruption conviction of a former Louisiana congressman who hid money from bribes in his freezer. The justices on Monday …


  • Hostess says talks to stave off shutdown fail

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hostess Brands Inc. lived to die another day. The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with …


  • Kansas appeals court attorney fired over tweet

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas appeals court attorney was fired Monday after using foul language about the state’s former attorney general in comments she posted to Twitter last week. …


  • Judge denies bid for park Nativity displays

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — There is no room for a 60-year-old Nativity display in Santa Monica’s showcase park after a federal judge ruled Monday against churches who had sued to …


  • Judge plans to deny bid park Xmas displays

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles federal judge has indicated she will deny a bid by churches to force suburban Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park …


  • Court won’t hear appeal in witness tampering case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t review a decision to throw out sanctions and a $600,000 award against Miami prosecutors in a witness-tampering investigation where members of the defense …


  • Study: US judges’ criminal caseloads vary widely

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges across the nation are shouldering criminal caseloads that vary widely in size, sometimes even among judges in the same courthouse, according to a new study. …


  • Study: US judges’ criminal caseloads vary widely

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges across the nation are shouldering criminal caseloads that vary widely in size, sometimes even among judges in the same courthouse, according to a study released …


  • JetBlue pilot who disrupted flight free to go home

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A JetBlue Airways captain who ran through the cabin of a cross-country flight yelling about religion and terrorists was prohibited Friday from flying or keeping his …


  • Texas judge to rule on disruptive JetBlue pilot

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is expected to rule on whether a JetBlue Airways pilot who disrupted a flight by running through the plane and yelling about terrorists …


  • Giffords faces Ariz. shooter for 1st time in court

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords limped to the front of the courtroom and stared silently Thursday as she came face-to-face for the first time with the man who tried …


  • Life sentence in Ariz attack that wounded Giffords

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords limped to the front of the courtroom and stared silently Thursday as she came face-to-face for the first time with the man who tried …


  • High court hears case of judge’s mistake

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears inclined to rule that a criminal defendant cannot be tried again after a judge acquits him midway through a trial, even if the …


  • Court upholds sale of polygamous church assets

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a polygamist sect on the Utah-Arizona border waited too long to challenge a court-ordered takeover, clearing the way …


  • Limits on class-action lawsuits at Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is reviewing two cases in which businesses are trying to make it harder for customers or investors to band together to sue them. The …


  • Court eyes limits on detention powers in searches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court reacted skeptically Thursday to the government’s argument that police may detain residents of a home to be searched even if they are away from …


  • Court looks at police detention powers in searches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is reacting skeptically to the government’s argument that police may detain residents of a home to be searched even if they are away from …


  • Justice Dept.: OK with new review of health law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it does not object to reopening a Christian college’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. In …


  • Justices: Do drug-sniffing dogs pass smell test?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Can you trust what a dog’s nose knows? Police do, but the Supreme Court considered Wednesday curbing the use of drug-sniffing dogs in investigations following complaints of …


  • Justices hear arguments over police dog use

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered curbing police use of drug-sniffing dogs as lawyers argued that using a dog’s hypersensitive nose outside a home to indicate the …


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