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Oct 3, 2023

Hunter Biden pleads not guilty to gun charges

WILMINGTON, Del. — Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to three federal firearms charges filed after his earlier deal imploded, setting the case on a track toward a possible trial in 2024 while his father is campaigning for reelection. President Joe Biden’s son has been charged with lying about his drug use in October […]

Oct 3, 2023

Details emerge on Trump era executions

CHICAGO — A day before the federal government executed a Texas man for the killing of an Iowa couple when he was 18, celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz pleaded with then-President Donald Trump — a former client — to call the execution off. During a Dec. 9, 2020, call to the White House, Dershowitz told Trump […]

Oct 3, 2023

US court in Virginia resolves NC insurance case 

By Nick Hurston  A postnuptial property separation didn’t clearly indicate that a widow’s ex-spouse intended to remove her beneficiary status from a $300,000 life insurance policy before his death, the Western District of Virginia has held.  The couple were divorced in North Carolina, and the husband retained ownership of the policy under the agreement; however, […]

Oct 3, 2023

Post on X leads to lawsuit against Musk

AUSTIN, Texas — A California man who says he was harassed after Elon Musk amplified posts on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that falsely placed the man at a confrontation involving far-right protesters sued the billionaire for defamation in a lawsuit filed Monday. Benjamin Brody, 22, is represented by Mark Bankston, […]

Oct 3, 2023

Two more bills draw vetoes by Cooper

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed on Monday an energy bill and the General Assembly’s annual regulatory reform measure, while allowing legislation directing more state government oversight of high school athletics to become law. The measures were among those the General Assembly approved last month before it left Raleigh for a brief hiatus. A dozen […]

Oct 3, 2023

Police chief who led newspaper raid resigns

TOPEKA, Kan. — The police chief who led an August raid on a small weekly newspaper in central Kansas has resigned, just days after he was suspended from his post, a Marion City Council member confirmed Monday. City Council Member Ruth Herbel confirmed to The Associated Press that the mayor announced Chief Gideon Cody’s resignation […]

Oct 3, 2023

May trial date set for indicted senator

NEW YORK — A judge is planning a spring trial for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife, who are accused of accepting bribes of cash, gold bars and a luxury car from three New Jersey businessmen who sought the senator’s help and influence over foreign affairs. The tentative trial date of May 6 would […]

Oct 2, 2023

Insurance appeal dismissed after intervening settlement 

By Nick Hurston  A commercial insurance carrier’s appeal of an order requiring it to defend a lawsuit was dismissed after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that it lacked jurisdiction because the underlying action was resolved by an intervening settlement.  The insurer argued that the District Court’s order to defend was effectively an […]

Oct 2, 2023

Supreme Court opens new term today

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems a bit quieter than in recent years, as the justices begin a new term. Major cases await, as they always do, including several challenges to regulatory agencies and efforts to regulate social media platforms. But nothing yet seems on par with conservative-driven decisions overturning Roe v. Wade’s right to […]

Oct 2, 2023

Judge blocks 2 provisions in NC abortion law

RALEIGH — A federal judge on Saturday blocked two portions of North Carolina’s new abortion law from taking effect while a lawsuit continues. But nearly all of the restrictions approved by the legislature this year, including a near-ban after 12 weeks of pregnancy, aren’t being specifically challenged and remain intact. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles […]

Oct 2, 2023

Connecticut tightens laws on gun control

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s most wide-ranging gun control measure since the 2013 law enacted after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took effect Sunday, with proponents vowing to pursue more gun legislation despite legal challenges happening across the country. The new law, signed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont in June, bans the open carrying of […]

Oct 2, 2023

Garland says he’d resign if asked to target Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland said in an interview that aired Sunday that he would resign if asked by President Joe Biden to take action against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. But he doesn’t think he’ll be put in that position. “I am sure that that will not happen, but I would not do […]

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