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Judge dismisses 1 charge against former cop in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill’s ...

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2nd group of judges blocks Trump order on House seats count

For the second time in two months, a panel of federal judges on Thursday blocked President Donald Trump’s effort to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted during the process of divvying up congressional seats by state. The ...

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Court won’t revive state fraud charges against Manafort

Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court on November 2017 in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York judges on Thursday upheld a lower judge’s decision to dismiss state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort, who was previously convicted of federal charges for the same conduct, on the grounds of double jeopardy. ...

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen holds a news conference to announce the results of the global resolution of criminal and civil investigations with an opioid manufacturer at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON — Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead  guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, ...

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Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in ...

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Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental groups asked a federal court Wednesday to throw out the Trump administration’s assessment of oil and gas activity’s likely effects on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico, saying it dismisses the chance of another disastrous ...

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Parents of 545 children separated at border can’t be found

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Court-appointed lawyers said Tuesday that they have been unable to find parents of 545 children who were separated at the U.S. border with Mexico early in the Trump administration. The children were separated between July 1, ...

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Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google

A sign of Google is seen at its headquarters in Mountain View, California on April 21, 2018. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for antitrust violations, alleging that it abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers. The lawsuit marks the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition ...

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Judge considers challenge to CDC order halting evictions

ATLANTA — A federal judge in Atlanta is weighing a challenge to a Trump administration directive that halts the eviction of certain renters through the end of the year in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. ...

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High court to review two cases involving Trump border policy

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases involving Trump administration policies at the U.S.-Mexico border: one about a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings and a second about the administration’s ...

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Trump-appointed judges under an election-year political lens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson, a Trump administration appointee who bucked the president’s conservative base by blocking a Tennessee law that restricts mail-in voting, had an announcement to make before wrapping up his decision: it had nothing ...

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Judge finds cases against 5 in Whitmer plot can move forward

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors provided enough evidence to move toward trial for five Michigan men accused of plotting to kidnap the state’s governor, a federal judge ruled Friday in Grand Rapids. A two-day preliminary hearing this week featured ...

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