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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

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

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 […]

Sep 29, 2023

Judge dismisses state lawmaker’s defamation suit

OMAHA, Neb. — A judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a Nebraska lawmaker against a conservative political action committee that labeled her a child “groomer” and sexual abuser in online posts, citing the constitutional right to free speech. State Sen. Megan Hunt sued the Nebraska Freedom Coalition and three of its officers after they […]

Sep 29, 2023

5th Circuit blocks Louisiana redistricting hearings

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge’s plan to hold hearings next week to draw up congressional boundary lines giving Louisiana a second majority-Black district was blocked Thursday by a divided appeals court panel. Supporters of establishing a second such district had hoped a recent Supreme Court ruling upholding a redrawn map in Alabama would soon […]

Sep 28, 2023

Mississippi activists ask to join water lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. — Activists in Mississippi’s majority-Black capital city are trying to join a federal lawsuit against the city for violating standards for clean drinking water, even as they say the Black judge presiding over the case is stirring racial division. The activists from the Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign and People’s Advocacy Institute filed court […]

Sep 28, 2023

State judge blocks gender-affirming care ban

HELENA, Mont. — A Montana law banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors is temporarily blocked, a state judge ruled Wednesday, just four days before it was to take effect. Legislative debate over Montana’s bill drew national attention this spring after Republicans punished Democratic Rep. Zooey Zephyr — the first transgender woman elected to the […]

Sep 27, 2023

Menendez pleads not guilty in wide-ranging corruption case

NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of pocketing bribes of cash and gold bars in exchange for wielding his political influence to secretly advance Egyptian interests and do favors for local businessmen. Menendez made his initial court appearance in Manhattan’s federal […]

Sep 27, 2023

Lawyer in Trump-Russia probe confirmed for Connecticut high court

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former federal prosecutor who helped investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe in 2020 before abruptly leaving the Justice Department was confirmed Tuesday as the newest member of Connecticut’s State Supreme Court. Nora Dannehy, who also served from 2008 to 2010 as the first female U.S. attorney for the District of […]

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