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U.S. carries out rare execution during presidential transition

This August 2016 photo provided by the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington shows Brandon Bernard. The Trump administration on Thursday began an unprecedented number of executions in the run-up to Joe Biden's inauguration. Bernard, a former Texas street-gang member, was executed Thursday for a 1999 slaying of a young religious couple from Iowa during which he burned their car with their bodies in the trunk. (Stacey Brownstein/Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington via AP)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday carried out its ninth federal execution of the year in what has been a first series of executions during a presidential lame-duck period in 130 years, putting to death a Texas ...

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Hundreds of GOP members sign onto Texas-led election lawsuit

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory has quickly become a conservative litmus test, as 106 members of Congress and multiple state attorneys general signed onto the case even as ...

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Biden’s transition contends with probe into son’s finances

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s historically challenging transition to power is suddenly becoming even more complicated. A federal investigation into the finances of Biden’s son Hunter threatens to embolden congressional Republicans, who have already shown little willingness to ...

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Lawsuit against Amazon continues

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A state Supreme Court justice in Syracuse has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Amazon over a defective thermostat that caused a fire. Lawyers for Amazon argued that their client was not the actual seller who should be held ...

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Justices rule Muslim men can sue FBI agents over no-fly list

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

WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Muslim men who were placed on the government’s no-fly list because they refused to serve as FBI informants can seek to hold federal agents financially liable. The justices continued a ...

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Federal judge casts doubt on Trump’s Wisconsin lawsuit

In this Nov. 20, 2020, file photo, election workers, right, verify ballots as recount observers, left, watch during a Milwaukee hand recount of presidential votes at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wisconsin seeking to disqualify hundreds of thousands of ballots in a longshot attempt to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's win in the battleground state he lost by nearly 20,700 votes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh File)

MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge Thursday cast doubt on President Donald Trump’s lawsuit that seeks to overturn Joe Biden’s win in Wisconsin, saying siding with Trump would be “the most remarkable ruling in the history of this court or ...

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Judge refuses to reinstate rule for dispensing abortion pill

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge in Maryland has denied the Trump administration’s request to reinstate a rule that would require women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 ...

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Oklahoma asks court: Make J&J pay $9.3B to end opioid crisis

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has asked the state Supreme Court to order Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $9.3 billion to cover the entire anticipated cost of combatting the state’s opioid crisis, arguing in its appeal that a ...

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Judge denies change to divorce agreement

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A judge has denied a man’s request to reduce payments to his ex-wife required by their divorce agreement, even though the man claims she is living “high on the hog.” Frank Burgio, who is represented by attorney Charles A. Schiano ...

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Black juvenile lifer thanks legal panel for reviewing case

Inmate Myon Burrell sits inside his cell at Minnesota Correctional Facility Stillwater, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Stillwater. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

MINNEAPOLIS — A Black man who has spent nearly two decades behind bars says he’s grateful that a panel of legal experts was able to review his case with “fresh, unbiased eyes,” helping to expose serious flaws in the police ...

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High court rejects GOP bid to halt Biden’s Pennsylvania win

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 Tuesday rejected Republicans’ last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral battleground. The court without comment refused to call into question the certification process in Pennsylvania. Democratic Gov. ...

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High court takes on Fannie, Freddie presidential power case

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with a case that could make it easier for the president to fire the head of the agency that oversees government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the justices seemed ...

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