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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, an abortion opponent sings to herself outside the Jackson Womens Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. A federal appeals court declared Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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December 13, 2019 - 9:11 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Courtruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington. The Supreme Court says it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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December 13, 2019 - 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign. Arguments will take place in late March,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, Robert Lewis Dear talks to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance in Colorado Springs, Colo. Prosecutors are asking a judge to order a new mental evaluation for Dear who is accused of killing three people in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. The request comes with Dear set to appear in U.S. District Court in Denver on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, on new charges related to the 2015 Colorado Springs shooting. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)
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December 13, 2019 - 2:37 pm
DENVER (AP) — A man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015 appeared in court in Denver on Friday on new charges and insisted he is competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors have asked the judge to order a new mental evaluation...
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FILE - In this undated file image provided by nonprofit advocacy and legal group Equally American, John Fitisemanu, an American Samoan and the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the United States seeking full U.S. citizenship. People born in the territory of American Samoa should be recognized as U.S. citizens, a federal judge in Utah decided Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in a case filed amid more than a century of legal limbo but whose eventual impact remains to be seen. (Katrina Keil Youd/Equally American via AP, File)
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December 12, 2019 - 10:01 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People born in the territory of American Samoa should be recognized as U.S. citizens, a federal judge in Utah decided Thursday in a case filed amid more than a century of legal limbo but whose eventual impact remains to be seen. The cluster of Pacific islands southwest of...
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FILE - This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted of carrying out the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attack. A federal court is hearing arguments Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence appeal. Tsarnaev's lawyers argue it was impossible to find a fair jury in Boston because the explosions traumatized the region. They're trying to get his death sentence overturned. (FBI via AP, File)
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December 12, 2019 - 4:09 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers urged a federal court to overturn their client's death sentence, arguing Thursday that intense media coverage and signs of juror bias led to an unfair trial. The three-judge panel didn’t render a decision after hearing from both sides for about an...
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Harvey Weinstein, center, arrives for a court hearing, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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December 12, 2019 - 4:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ninety-eight percent of The Weinstein Co.'s creditors are joining a tentative settlement that plaintiffs say includes $25 million for over two dozen actresses and former employees who claim Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them, a lawyer said Thursday. The attorney, Karen Bitar,...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Nashville Police Department shows Daniel Everette Hale. A judge has allowed prosecutors to move forward with their case against Hale, a former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns to a reporter, according to court papers unsealed Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Hale of Nashville, Tenn., is charged in federal court in Alexandria, Va., under the World War I-era Espionage Act. (Nashville Police Department via AP, File)
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December 12, 2019 - 1:20 am
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has allowed prosecutors to move forward with their case against a former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns to a reporter, according to court papers unsealed Wednesday. Daniel Hale of Nashville, Tennessee, is...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, the Trump International Hotel near sunset in Washington. A federal appeals court is set to rehear arguments Thursday, Dec. 12, in a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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December 12, 2019 - 1:15 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to rehear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. The state of Maryland and the District of Columbia will ask the full 4th U.S. Circuit...
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December 11, 2019 - 10:21 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked enforcement of a Los Angeles law requiring businesses that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the National Rifle Association. The NRA’s request for a preliminary injunction was granted by U.S. District Judge Stephen V...
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President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, speaks during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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December 11, 2019 - 7:23 pm
Washington (AP) — Donald Trump wants more than acquittal. He wants vindication. With impeachment by the House appearing certain, the president has made clear that he views the next step, a trial in the GOP-controlled Senate, as his focus. The president sees the senators not just as a jury deciding...
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