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U.S. judge orders quicker bond hearings for asylum seekers

A federal judge says the U.S. government must give bond hearings more quickly to immigrants caught on the border who pass initial asylum screenings


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

R. Kelly’s trip to Dubai off for now as contracts reworked

An overseas trip by R. Kelly is in limbo after his criminal attorney asked for more time to provide details to the court about concerts the singer wants to perform …


Judge rules jury can hear Bill Cosby’s quaalude testimony

The jury at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial can hear his decade-old testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex, a judge ruled Tuesday, handing the prosecution a key victory …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Supreme Court rules for car dealerships in overtime case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that car dealerships’ service advisers, like car salesmen and mechanics, are exempt under federal law from overtime pay requirements.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Appeals court finds Google infringed on Oracle’s Java

A federal appeals court has overturned a decision in a long-running legal battle over whether Google infringed on Oracle’s Java programming language to build its hugely popular mobile operating system, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

Judge: U.S. illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields

A federal judge ruled that the U.S. government illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields infested with a microscopic pest that could threaten the state’s $1.2 billion potato industry, but he …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Court rules against Oregon bakers in wedding-cake case

An appellate court has upheld a penalty against Oregon bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding almost five years ago.


Judge: Lawsuit challenging Keystone pipeline can continue

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by the Donald Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:40 p.m.

Keystone pipeline leaks 210K gallons of oil

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials don’t believe …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:21 p.m.

Catalan rebels to campaign from Belgium amid extradition

A court in Belgium on Friday pushed back the extradition arguments of ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four allies until at least Dec. 4, likely keeping the secessionist rebels in …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

NTSB: Amtrak’s lax safety culture led to crash that killed 2

A federal investigation into what caused a speeding Amtrak train to slam into a backhoe last year near Philadelphia, killing two maintenance workers, already has found evidence of a lax …


Judge won’t throw out ruling explaining Arpaio’s conviction

The judge in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s now-pardoned criminal case has refused the retired lawman’s request to throw out all rulings in the case, including a blistering decision that explained …


Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case

A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday that vacated a $72 million award to an Alabama woman who claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to …


Kenya ruling brings new uncertainty to fresh election

A Kenyan judge on Wednesday ruled that a minor opposition candidate can run for president in this month’s election, bringing fresh uncertainty a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew …


D.C. officials won’t appeal ruling against strict gun law

District of Columbia officials said Thursday they won’t appeal a court ruling striking down a portion of the city’s gun laws, a decision that means it will soon be easier …


Judge lets Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio stand

President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s conviction for disobeying a court order in an immigration case will stand after a judge on Wednesday rejected arguments that it …


Cliven Bundy loses bid to represent self in standoff trial

Nevada cattleman and state’s rights figure Cliven Bundy lost a courtroom bid to represent himself at his upcoming trial, after refusing Wednesday to recognize federal authority over grazing land at …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Washington state deals blow to plan for Longview coal export terminal

The Department of Ecology rejected a water quality permit that Millennium Bulk Terminals sought because the proposed facility near the city of Longview would have caused “significant and unavoidable harm” …


Environmentalists get win in U.S. coal-climate change lawsuit

Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won’t affect climate change because the coal could …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

Investigators fault driver in Tesla Autopilot crash

An inattentive driver’s over reliance on his Tesla Model S sedan’s semi-autonomous driving system and a truck driver who made a left-hand turn in front of the car are both …


Court blocks Seattle law letting Uber, Lyft drivers unionize

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.


Judge to rule on white nationalist’s speech at university

A federal judge will decide whether to force Michigan State University to allow campus space to be rented to white nationalist Richard Spencer so he can deliver a speech later …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

State says judge erred in dismissing Tesoro refinery fines

State regulators say a judge erred when he overturned $2.39 million in penalties against Tesoro following the 2010 deadly explosion at its Anacortes refinery.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

LinkedIn loses a court fight over users’ public profiles

A federal judge has ruled against LinkedIn, the professional networking site, in a case that has big implications for corporate power and consumer privacy in the tech-driven economy.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 10:17 a.m.

Judge: IBM owes Indiana $78M for failed welfare automation

IBM owes Indiana $78 million in damages stemming from the company’s failed effort to automate much of the state’s welfare services, a judge has ruled in a long-running dispute.


Judge says Apple owes foundation $506 million in patent infringement case

A federal judge in Madison, Wis., has ruled that Apple Inc. must pay $506 million for infringing on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s research foundation – double …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Idaho Supreme Court upholds grocery tax veto

The Idaho Supreme Court, in a 4-1 ruling Tuesday afternoon, upheld Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation removing the state’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

Judge: Redo part of analysis for Dakota Access pipeline

A federal judge has handed a lifeline to efforts to block the Dakota Access pipeline, ruling Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t adequately consider the possible impacts …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Appeals court says chimpanzees don’t have rights of people

Two chimpanzees that were caged at a trailer lot and at a primate sanctuary don’t have the legal rights of people in New York, an appeals court said Thursday.


Transgender student wins appeal in final week of school

A federal appeals court says a transgender student who identifies as a male should be able to use the boys’ bathroom at his Wisconsin high school.