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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2011 file photo, James Kraig Kahler, who was convicted of capital murder in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, their two teenage daughters and his wife's grandmother, looks into the spectators gallery in Osage County District Court in Lyndon, Kan., during a break in his sentencing hearing. The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to consider whether Kansas is improperly denying criminal defendants the right to an insanity defense is it takes up an appeal from Kahler who was sentenced to die for the killings. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
October 06, 2019 - 7:13 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to consider how far states can go toward eliminating the insanity defense in criminal trials as it reviews the case of a Kansas man sentenced to die for killing four relatives. The high court planned to hear arguments Monday in James Kraig...
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October 01, 2019 - 6:52 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a California law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his personal income tax returns in order to appear on the 2020 primary ballot. U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. issued a written opinion saying the...
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In this Aug. 30, 2018 photo, John Delaney shows off his tattoos after speaking about his experience being abused as a child by the priest at his childhood church in Philadelphia, in his Sevierville, Tenn. On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, victim compensation funds in Philadelphia, Allentown, Scranton and Pittsburgh will close to applications. Delaney said fund administrators offered him $500,000 and told him that it was the highest amount they would offer. He turned it down, he said. Sober for three years and counseling victims of sexual abuse and people struggling with addiction in San Antonio, it was never about the money. It was about justice and getting into court where a judge can force church officials to testify under oath, he said. (Caitie McMekin/The Tennessean via AP)
September 28, 2019 - 6:12 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When post offices close Monday, the last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses will also close, hours before lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions...
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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from "Joker," in theaters on Oct. 4. Alarmed by violence depicted in a trailer for the upcoming movie “Joker,” some relatives of victims of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting asked distributor Warner Bros. on Tuesday to commit to gun control causes. Twelve people were killed in the suburban Denver theater during a midnight showing of the Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” also distributed by Warner Bros. (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
September 24, 2019 - 3:07 pm
DENVER (AP) — Alarmed by violence depicted in a trailer for the upcoming movie "Joker," some relatives of victims of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting asked distributor Warner Bros. on Tuesday to commit to gun control causes. Sandy Phillips' daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was one of 12 people killed...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo inmates use the recreation yard at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, Calif. California prison officials have halted an experiment aimed at trying to force warning prison gangs to get along with each other. Officials tell The Associated Press the temporary halt came after the inmates wound up brawling and even rioting after they were allowed to mingle together in prison recreation yards. The effort started more than a year ago with officials allowing prisoners from the different gangs into exercise yards to try to get them to interact and make peace. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File )
September 24, 2019 - 2:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials have halted an experiment aimed at forcing warring prison gangs to get along with each other after the inmates wound up brawling and even rioting when placed together in prison recreation yards, officials told The Associated Press. The effort...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting at the Indian Creek Nature Preserve, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
September 23, 2019 - 6:55 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Many of the same Democratic donors who helped Joe Biden raise money at the start of his White House run welcomed the former vice president back to Philadelphia on Monday for a big-dollar fundraiser featuring tickets that cost as much as $40,000. Biden, a Pennsylvania native who...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., talks to volunteers while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the New Hampshire for Warren kick off field office opening in Manchester, N.H. Kennedy plans to announce on Saturday, Sept. 21, that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in the 2020 Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)
September 20, 2019 - 3:05 am
BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a last...
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President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he tours a section of the southern border wall, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Otay Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 19, 2019 - 2:18 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday handed President Donald Trump a victory in his effort to keep his financial information secret, siding with his campaign's effort to block a California law aimed at forcing him to release his tax returns. The ruling by U.S. District Judge...
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Lydia Plukchi of the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem, Ore., accepts on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, a box containing 2,000 signatures backing a proposed ballot measure that would create the most comprehensive law in America requiring the safe storage of weapons, as worker Amanda Kessel, behind her, looks on. Delivering the box are Henry Wessinger, president of the State of Safety Action which is backing the proposed measure, and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
September 18, 2019 - 6:12 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Carol Manstrom says she lost her 18-year-old son when he grabbed his father's unsecured pistol and shot himself. Paul Kemp lost his brother-in-law when a man opened fire with a stolen AR-15 assault-style rifle at a shopping mall. On Wednesday, Manstrom and Kemp helped deliver 2,...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp addresses the media at a news conference at his Atlanta headquarters. Kemp will soon get to appoint a replacement for three-term U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who announced that he’s stepping down in December 2019 due to health issues. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
September 18, 2019 - 8:58 am
ATLANTA (AP) — A Senate retirement has set off a frenzy in Georgia politics, where two U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs in 2020. Democrats are hungry for a big win and nearly every major political player in the state is thinking about their next move. Some candidates have started to raise...
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