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Georgia man put to death for the 1997 killings of 2 people

By KATE BRUMBACK | January 29, 2020

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than two decades ago was put to death Wednesday evening, becoming the state's first inmate to be executed this year.Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, received a lethal...

Texas attorney general evades gay marriage case for beliefs

January 29, 2020

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general is not defending a state agency being sued for punishing a judge who refuses to marry same-sex couples because the state’s actions conflict with his views of the Constitution.Attorney General Ken Paxton's...

Israel could clash with international court on settlements

By JOSEF FEDERMAN | January 29, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — Emboldened by a supportive White House, Israel appears to be barreling toward a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank.With the prosecutor of the International Criminal...

Question time: What’s next in Trump’s impeachment trial

By MARY CLARE JALONICK | January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — With opening arguments wrapped up in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, senators will now get a chance to ask questions. But the normally loquacious politicians will still have to keep silent, as their questions can only...

White supremacist appeals death penalty in church massacre

By DENISE LAVOIE | January 28, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — White supremacist Dylann Roof on Tuesday appealed his federal convictions and death sentence in the 2015 massacre of nine black church members in South Carolina, arguing that he was mentally ill when he represented himself at his...

Appeals court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights


ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to set aside a ruling that allowed some felons to regain access to the ballot box despite owing fines and other legal debts.Florida Republicans,...

Court hears request to proceed with Trump travel ban cases

By DENISE LAVOIE | January 28, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared skeptical Tuesday as civil rights groups sought to allow legal challenges to President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries to move forward despite a 2018 U.S. Supreme...

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law


PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning early ballots for another person violates the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.The ruling from the 9th...

Lawyer: Man charged in Hanukkah attack incompetent for trial

January 27, 2020

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A psychiatrist has found Grafton Thomas incompetent to stand trial on federal hate crime charges stemming from a machete attack at a Hanukkah party that wounded five Hasidic Jews, Thomas's attorney said Monday.Defense attorney Michael...

Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

By MARK SHERMAN | January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers.Under the new policy, immigration...

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

By DENISE LAVOIE | January 26, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim...