Judge says New York’s stun gun ban is unconstitutional
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's ban on personal ownership of stun guns is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday in the latest in a series of court decisions that have led to the...
BERLIN (AP) — Shares in chemicals manufacturer Bayer fell sharply Wednesday after a U.S. jury found the Roundup weed killer to have been a substantial factor in a California man's...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An appeals court agrees a fraternity should be dismissed from a lawsuit alleging a pledge at a private North Carolina university died from hazing.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider Virginia's plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who as a teenager participated in sniper shootings that...
Prison employees lose appeal over job status, pay
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prison employees who challenged job classifications and lower pay grades have lost an appeal at the Michigan Supreme Court.
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the reinstatement of Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction (all times local):
Attorneys for late NFL star Aaron Hernandez are criticizing the state's...
Turkey protests Belgian court ruling decision on PKK
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has summoned the Belgian ambassador in Ankara to protest a Brussels appeals court decision that said a Kurdish rebel group cannot be considered to be a terrorist...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A labor appeals board was wrong to determine that workers' compensation insurance can't reimburse an employee for the cost of medical marijuana, according to a New Hampshire...
California’s Supreme Court upholds pension rollback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision by state lawmakers to roll back one way for public workers to pad their pensions, but avoided ruling on the larger...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court issued a rare order directing the Brown County District to sentence a sex offender for a third time, saying the man was a victim of "judicial...
Quebec appeals court upholds landmark tobacco ruling
MONTREAL (AP) — The Quebec Court of Appeal has upheld a landmark judgment that ordered three tobacco companies to pay billions of dollars in damages to Quebec smokers.
Ukraine: Court ruling on law means end for corruption cases
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's Constitutional Court has struck down a law against officials enriching themselves, a move that raised concerns Wednesday about a weakening of the country's fight...
Bill changing Kentucky’s open records law advances
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When the city of Louisville refused to disclose how much they offered Amazon to lure its headquarters there, the local newspaper sued and won in an initial court...
Thai party that nominated princess faces court decision
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court said Thursday that it will decide whether to dissolve a political party that broke tradition by nominating a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister in next month's general election.
The Constitutional Court made the announcement a day after the Election Commission recommended that the Thai Raksa Chart Party be dissolved for its Feb. 8 nomination of Princess Ubolratana Mahidol.
California loses border wall challenge at appeals court
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration did not exceed its powers by waiving environmental rules to speed up construction of prototypes and replacement of...
2 murder convictions thrown out due to withheld evidence
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey State Supreme Court has overturned the murder convictions of two Trenton men due to withheld evidence.
Philadelphia prosecutor fights new Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor will fight a court decision that gives Mumia Abu-Jamal a new chance to appeal his conviction in a 1981 police slaying.
District Attorney Larry Krasner, a longtime civil rights lawyer, filed notice Friday that he'll challenge the order that revives the former Black Panther's high-profile case. He declined to comment on the decision.
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Q&A: Impact of Supreme Court decision on transgender troops
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue.
The high court split 5-4 on Tuesday in issuing orders allowing the plan to take effect for now, with the court's five conservatives greenlighting it and its four liberal members saying they wouldn't have.
Some questions and answers about what the high court did:
No rehearing for Louisiana abortion law
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision upholding Louisiana's law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, despite a dissenting judge's insistence that the decision is in "clear conflict" with a Supreme Court decision striking down a similar Texas law.
Kansas abortion foes brace for state Supreme Court decision
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Kansas have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from the state's highest court that protects the right to have an abortion and potentially upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate.
The Kansas Supreme Court is relatively liberal in a state with a Republican-dominated Legislature that has strong anti-abortion majorities.
Court watchers also are asking: Why is it taking so long for the justices to rule?
Kenai Peninsula officials weigh effects of cruise fee suit
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Officials on the Kenai Peninsula are examining what effects port cities might see from a federal court decision on the use of cruise ship passenger fees.
U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland ruled earlier this month that Juneau can keep collecting the fees, but their use must benefit the cruise ships, the Peninsula Clarion reported this week.
NC court: Counties not responsible for school underfunding
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's top court says the state is responsible, not the counties, when schools are so underfunded that some children don't get the constitutionally required sound basic education.
In a decision issued Friday, the state Supreme Court ruled against parents and children in Halifax County, who contended county commissioners haven't fairly distributed tax money, hurting some students.
Raimondo says health care ruling threatens thousands
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo says a federal judge's ruling "threatens the health care of thousands" of Rhode Island residents.
The Democrat on Saturday pledged to "take all steps necessary" to protect the Affordable Care Act, which a Texas federal judge ruled unconstitutional
Court decision in recall case could have ripple statewide
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says "factual" doesn't necessarily mean "truthful" when it comes to trying to recall elected officials.
The court ruled against a Muskegon County official who is trying to stop a recall petition drive. Drain Commissioner Brenda Moore says it's not true that she has embraced expensive drainage projects over less expensive alternatives.
US appeals court upholds Ohio lifetime sexual predator rules
CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeal is planned of a court ruling that upheld Ohio's permanent requirements for convicts classified as sexual predators.
A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel Tuesday unanimously reversed a lower-court decision in favor of a woman convicted in 2006 of sexual misconduct with a minor.
The woman was classified as a sexual predator which carries lifetime state registration and community-notification requirements.
Louisiana high court: 2015 tax break change unconstitutional
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 2015 law that scaled back an income tax break Louisiana allows for taxes paid to other states was unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled, striking down a change that raised more than $30 million a year for the state budget.
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Vermont Supreme Court overturns $1.5M phantom stock judgment
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has reversed a nearly $1.5 million judgment in a lawsuit involving a man who says an e-commerce company cheated him out of a portion of phantom stock he owned in the business.
University faculty background checks to be reviewed by court
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court will decide whether the system of state-owned universities trampled on faculty union rights by unilaterally requiring criminal background checks and reports of arrests for serious crimes within 72 hours.
Court decision limits fireworks sales from roadside tents
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A court Tuesday narrowed a year-old state law that allows Pennsylvania residents to buy and use more powerful airborne fireworks, throwing out the part that permitted such sales from roadside tents.
Commonwealth Court ruled that lawmakers improperly delegated their authority by imposing safety standards set by an outside group, in violation of the state constitution.
Court sides with some priests in abuse report, shields names
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eleven Roman Catholic clergy won a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision Monday to keep their names and other information out of a grand jury report issued earlier this year into decades of sexual abuse of children by hundreds of priests.
The 6-1 court majority said keeping the names and other information secret was, at this point, the only way to protect the priests' right to reputation under the state constitution.
Nevada Supreme Court dismisses marijuana licensing case
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A legal battle over Nevada's licensing of marijuana distributors is over with a unanimous state Supreme Court decision to dismiss the case.
Case of convicted Ohio killer of 3 returns to judge
CLEVELAND (AP) — The case of an Ohio inmate who has long maintained his innocence in the 1994 slaying of three people is once again back before a federal judge.
Ex-death row prisoner Kevin Keith is now serving a life sentence for killing two women and a 4-year-old girl in what prosecutors said was retaliation for his arrest in a drug sweep.
Case against ex-senator revived after Supreme Court decision
DETROIT (AP) — A criminal case against a former state lawmaker who shot his ex-wife's car in Detroit is starting over after a summer stop at the Michigan Supreme Court.
A judge on Monday granted the prosecutor's request to withdraw from a 2016 plea deal with Virgil Smith. The Supreme Court said prosecutors should have been allowed to withdraw when Judge Lawrence Talon dropped key provisions.
Company appeals court’s decision in pipeline lawsuit
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Attorneys for the Portland Pipe Line Corp. have filed an appeal seeking to overturn a recent court decision that upheld a Maine city's ordinance banning bulk loading of crude oil onto tankers.
After 24 years, Washington state charter school law stands
SEATTLE (AP) — A state high court decision upholding the Washington state charter school system marks the end of a decades-long political fight over the publicly funded, privately run schools.
Washington in 2012 was one of the last states to set up a charter school law, though it was among the first to try to institute the education model.
Fierce fighting to set up the schools have spanned the past 24 years in legislatures, elections and the courts.
Students defrauded by colleges score win in court decision
WASHINGTON (AP) — Students defrauded by for-profit colleges scored an important victory on Tuesday, when a court cleared the way for an Obama-era policy that will make it easier for them to get their student loans forgiven.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had said the regulation, known as borrower defense, made discharging loans too easy and was unfair to taxpayers. The rule was due to take effect in July 2017, but DeVos froze it while she worked on devising a new regulation.
Court: Suspects leaving San Francisco jail can get pot back
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco court has made it easier for suspects released from the city jail to get back their legally obtained marijuana along with items like keys, money and other property confiscated from them when they are placed under arrest and detained.
AG asks judge to reconsider Missoula gun ordinance case
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's attorney general is asking a state judge to reconsider a ruling that upholds Missoula's right to enforce background checks on all firearms transfers in the city.
The Missoulian reports Tim Fox argued Monday that the Montana Supreme Court made a recent decision that could be relevant.
High court leaves North Dakota voter ID rules intact for now
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new U.S. Supreme Court decision means North Dakota can continue to require residents to provide a street address in order to vote on Election Day.
Some American Indian tribes argued that street addresses aren't always assigned on reservations and the requirements discriminate against Native Americans.
Activists want alcohol reforms in Nebraska near reservation
WHITECLAY, Neb. (AP) — Activists are calling for more reforms in a tiny Nebraska town even after a state Supreme Court decision closed the community's beer stores that sold millions of cans of beer each year despite an alcohol ban on a nearby Native American reservation.
FEC guidance to limit impact of dark money court ruling
With a month to go until midterm elections, the Federal Election Commission on Thursday issued new guidance governing the flow of untraceable campaign cash to so-called "dark money" groups.
Township gets third mayor since August from court decision
ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey township has named a new interim mayor, its third mayor since August when the official mayor died in office.
Ruling upholds penalties for failing to produce records
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A court decision says New Mexico public agencies can be ordered to pay daily penalties of up to $100 for making incomplete or inadequate responses to request for public records.
The Court of Appeals' decision Monday overturns a District Court judge's ruling that an animal welfare activist who requested records wasn't entitled to damages after the Attorney General's Office initially failed to turn over hundreds of emails.
Minimum age law for Louisiana strippers still a no-go
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court decision means authorities in Louisiana still cannot enforce a state law setting 21 as the minimum age for exotic dancers who wear next to nothing in bars and nightclubs.
Appeals court: Pension boosts still must be covered by state
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court agrees the state's pension fund must cover large pension spikes for four retired school superintendents because an agency failed to go through regulatory hoops before local taxpayers could foot the bills.
A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously upheld lower court decisions favoring Cabarrus, Johnston, Wilkes and Union county school boards.
Virginia court dismisses congressional candidate’s appeal
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has dismissed an independent congressional candidate's appeal of a court decision removing her from the race.
The court ruled Wednesday against Shaun Brown, who was seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor and Democrat Elaine Luria in coastal Virginia's competitive 2nd District. The court said Brown hadn't filed necessary documents and that the lower court's order "lacks the finality" needed for the appeal to be considered.
Judge to Nebraska: Keep juvenile sex offenders off registry
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has told Nebraska to keep juvenile sex offenders off the state sex offender registry if they weren't tried as adults — at least for now.
Court sides with California in fight over Koch group donors
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday that California's attorney general can collect the names and addresses of top donors to two conservative nonprofit groups, including one with links to the billionaire Koch brothers.