Court decisions

FILE - In this May 11, 2018 file photo, former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves federal court in New York. Silver, one of the most powerful politicians in New York for two decades, is scheduled to be sentenced to prison time on Friday, July 27, in the corruption case that ended his career. The same federal judge previously sentenced the former New York Assembly Speaker to 12 years imprisonment for the same crime, but the punishment was thrown out when an appeals court ordered a retrial. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
July 27, 2018 - 1:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (all times local): 4:10 A federal judge who sentenced one of New York's longtime Democratic power brokers to seven years in prison says political corruption in New York state "has to stop." U.S...
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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives at federal court in New York, Friday, July 27, 2028. Silver, the former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before corruption charges abruptly ended his career, will be sentenced for a second time Friday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
July 27, 2018 - 1:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sheldon Silver, a former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before criminal charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison by a judge who said political corruption in the state "has to stop." The punishment,...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, a barista reaches for an empty cup at a Starbucks in the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Starbucks and other employers in California must pay workers for minutes they routinely spend off the clock on tasks such as locking up or setting the store alarm, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, July 26, 2018. The unanimous ruling was a big victory for hourly workers in California and could prompt additional lawsuits against employers in the state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
July 26, 2018 - 4:53 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Starbucks and other employers in California must pay workers for minutes they routinely spend off the clock on tasks such as locking up or setting the store alarm, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The unanimous ruling was a big victory for hourly workers in California...
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July 26, 2018 - 12:38 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has no claim under federal racketeering law for damages against a Dutch environmental group that urged banks not to finance the $3.8 billion project. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson in an order...
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FILe - In this April 13, 2017, photo, shows the Trump International Hotel is on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. A federal judge ruled July 25, 2018, that Maryland and the District of Columbia can proceed with their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of unconstitutionally accepting payments from foreign and state interests through his Washington hotel. The decision clears the way for the plaintiffs to seek financial records and other materials from the president's company. (AP Photos/Beth J. Harpaz, File)
July 25, 2018 - 3:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Maryland and the District of Columbia can proceed with their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of unconstitutionally accepting payments from foreign and state interests through his Washington hotel. The decision clears the way for the...
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Pablo Villavicencio leans out of an SUV while talking to reporters after being released from the Hudson County Correctional Facility, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Kearny, N.J. A judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Villavicencio, an Ecuadorean immigrant who was being held at the facility for deportation after he delivered pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty said Villavicencio can remain in the United States while he exhausts his right to try to gain legal status. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
July 25, 2018 - 5:47 am
NEW YORK (AP) — An Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation after delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation walked out of an immigration detention center house hours after a judge ordered his immediate release. Pablo Villavicencio exited the detention center shortly before 9 p.m...
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FILE - This May 10, 2016, file photo, shows a handgun sitting on a desk in the Hawaii Department of Natural Resources hunter education classroom in Honolulu. A federal appeals court has ruled that the 2nd Amendment provides the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, July 24, 2018, that Hawaiian officials had violated George Young's rights by denying him a permit to openly carry a loaded gun in public.(AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)
July 24, 2018 - 1:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Hawaii officials had violated George Young's rights when he was denied a permit to openly...
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July 23, 2018 - 4:07 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied the Trump administration's bid to throw out a lawsuit that alleges its decision to end special protections shielding Haitian, Salvadoran and Honduran immigrants from deportation was racially motivated. Judge Denise Casper in Boston on Monday also denies the...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh glances at reporters during a meeting with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 21, 2018 - 6:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided. Kavanaugh was taking part in a...
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FILE - In this March 1, 1977, file photo, Australian author Colleen McCullough laughs during a news conference in New York. An Australian judge ruled on Friday, July 20, 2018 that best-selling author Colleen McCullough's widower was the sole beneficiary of her estate following a bitter court wrangle. (AP Photo/File)
July 20, 2018 - 2:13 am
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge ruled on Friday that best-selling author Colleen McCullough's widower was the sole beneficiary of her estate following a bitter court wrangle. The author of the novel "The Thorn Birds," which sold 33 million copies worldwide, died on Norfolk Island in 2015 aged 77...
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