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  • Smithsonian's black history museum popular destination in DC

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:52:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first year, the Smithsonian's new black museum has become the nation's top temple to blackness, an Afrocentric shrine on the National Mall where people of all races, colors and creed are flocking to experience — and leave behind for posterity — the highs and lows of African-American life in the United States.

  • The Latest: Sotomayor awaits word from Puerto Rico relatives

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:10:09 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local):

  • Supreme Court's Gorsuch touts conservative role for judges

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:31:10 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — New Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch espoused a limited role for the judiciary in a speech Thursday in the hometown of the powerful Kentucky lawmaker who championed his confirmation.

  • Justice Ginsburg surprise speaker at Jewish new year service

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:15:01 GMT

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a surprise guest speaker Wednesday evening during services for the Jewish new year in Washington, telling worshippers she believes being Jewish helped her empathize with other minority groups.

  • Justices could avoid issuing verdict on Trump travel ban

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:36:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's travel ban offers the Supreme Court the chance to make a major pronouncement on the president's power over immigration. But the case also could vanish into the legal ether, and that may be what a majority of the court is hoping for.

  • Senate confirms Trump pick for solicitor general

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:06:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for solicitor general.

  • Edith Windsor remembered as 'great' pioneer for gay rights

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:17:55 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Love made Edith Windsor a married woman. Widowhood made her a gay rights pioneer.

  • The Latest: US high court won't stop Ohio killer's execution

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:06:08 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a condemned Ohio killer facing execution Wednesday (all times local):

  • Edith Windsor, who helped end gay marriage ban, dies at 88

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:40:36 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Edith Windsor, a gay rights pioneer whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down parts of a federal anti-gay-marriage law and paved a path toward legalizing same-sex nuptials nationwide, died Tuesday. She was 88.

  • Catholic leaders decry Dems' questioning of judicial pick

    Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:02:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are objecting to Democratic senators' line of questioning for one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, arguing the focus on her faith is misplaced and runs counter to the Constitution's prohibition on religious tests for political office.

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    Sun, 10 Sep 2017 04:01:08 GMT

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  • Trump nominates White House lawyer to important court seat

    Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:38:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tapped one of his own White House attorneys for a judgeship on one of the most important federal appeals courts, opening the door for confirmation hearing questions about the legal controversies that dominated the first seven months of Trump's presidency.

  • Richard Posner retiring from appeals court bench in Chicago

    Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:48:18 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner, whose acerbic wit and legal opinions made him a legend in legal circles, announced Friday that he is retiring.

  • Supreme Court rulings reshape penalties for young offenders

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:20:37 GMT

    Among the U.S. Supreme Court's many rulings on juveniles and crime, several big cases over the last dozen years have narrowed the instances in which those who commit offenses under age 18 can be subject to the harshest penalties. A look at these recent cases:

  • US Supreme Court denies stay of execution for Ohio convict

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:15:44 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned child killer was scheduled to die on Wednesday in the state's first execution in more than three years after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his requests for more time to pursue legal challenges.

  • Ginsburg: Justices felt Trump travel ban 'too restrictive'

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:41:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Trump administration was "too restrictive" in deciding what family relationships qualify as close enough to avoid the ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

  • Justices allow strict refugee ban but say grandparents OK

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:52:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but at the same time is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the U.S.

  • Justices uphold refugee ban but say grandparents still OK

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:48:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the U.S.

  • Justices allow strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:43:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration's request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in.

  • The Latest: Judge denies request for execution witnesses

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:03:29 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Ohio's attempt to resume executions July 26 (all times local):

  • Gorsuch can't escape travel ban at San Francisco meeting

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:03:03 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court couldn't escape discussion of the president's travel ban — and even the president — during an appearance Monday at a judicial conference, where a student essay winner compared the ban to Japanese internment and the producer of the musical "Hamilton" said the cast was scared following Trump's election victory.