Judge rejects judicial offer to end sugar merger

Judge rejects judicial offer to end sugar merger

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has rejected the Justice Department’s offer to prevent a major US sugar maker from taking over its rival, paving the way for the takeover. The ruling, handed down Friday by a federal judge in Wilmington, Delaware, comes months after the Justice Department filed suit to try to shut down the … Read more

Alabama execution canceled due to time and medical concerns

Alabama execution canceled due to time and medical concerns

ATMORE, ala. — Alabama officials canceled Thursday’s lethal injection of a man convicted of a 1999 workplace shooting due to time constraints and difficulties accessing the inmate’s veins. Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said the state has halted the planned execution of Alan Miller after determining they could not get the lethal injection before the … Read more

Alabama must disclose status of nitrogen hypoxia executions

Alabama must disclose status of nitrogen hypoxia executions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal judge told Alabama to stop being vague and give a clear answer Thursday night whether the prison system is ready to use the untested execution method of nitrogen hypoxia in an execution next week. U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. gave the state the deadline to file an affidavit … Read more

Chief Justice John Roberts defends court’s legitimacy

Chief Justice John Roberts defends court’s legitimacy

COLORADO SPRINGS, color — Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday defended the Supreme Court’s authority to interpret the Constitution, saying his role should not be questioned just because people disagree with his decisions. When asked to reflect on the past year in court during his first public appearance since the U.S. Supreme Court overthrown Roe … Read more

Judge rejects Oath Keepers leader’s bid to delay Jan. 6 trial

Judge rejects Oath Keepers leader’s bid to delay Jan. 6 trial

The high-profile inflammatory conspiracy trial against the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group begins this month after a judge rejected a last-minute offer by Stewart Rhodes on Wednesday to replace his lawyers and delay his case. Rhodes said in court papers this week that there was a “malfunction” in communications between him and … Read more

Equal Pay for American Women’s Soccer Approved by Judge

Equal Pay for American Women’s Soccer Approved by Judge

THE ANGELS — The proposed $24 million settlement between U.S. female soccer players and the sport’s U.S. governing body was provisionally approved Thursday by a federal judge, who has scheduled a hearing for final approval on Dec. 5. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted the players’ motion for approval. “Most importantly, the unimpeded settlement … Read more

sen. Graham Challenges Georgia Election Probe Subpoena in 2020

sen.  Graham Challenges Georgia Election Probe Subpoena in 2020

ATLANTA — US Senator Lindsey Graham is appealing a subpoena to testify before a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others broke laws when they tried to undo Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia. Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, received a subpoena issued on July 26 ordering him to appear before the … Read more

No bail for accused rapist of girl who traveled for abortion

No bail for accused rapist of girl who traveled for abortion

Columbus, Ohio — A man accused of raping and impregnating a 9-year-old girl from Ohio who traveled to Indiana for an abortion was held without bail on Thursday by a judge who cited overwhelming evidence and the fact that he is apparently living illegally in the U.S. . Gerson Fuentes, 27, faces two rape charges … Read more

Man opens fire on Philippine campus, kills 3 people

Man opens fire on Philippine campus, kills 3 people

Manila, Philippines — A gunman opened fire on the university campus in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing a former mayor and two others in a brutal attack ahead of a graduation ceremony, police said. The suspect was armed with two handguns and a silencer and was captured in a car he commanded when he … Read more

Gun applicants in NY must surrender social accounts

Gun applicants in NY must surrender social accounts

ALBANY, NY — As missed warning signs pile up in mass murder investigations, New York State is rolling out a new strategy to screen gun license applicants. People who want to carry concealed guns must hand over their social media accounts for an assessment of their “character and demeanor.” It’s an approach welcomed by many … Read more