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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows a police mug shot of Vernon Madison, who is scheduled to be executed for the 1985 murder of Mobile police officer Julius Schulte on Thursday. Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it proceed with this week's scheduled execution of the 67-year-old inmate whose lawyers say can no longer remember his crime. The Alabama attorney general's office told justices in a filing Monday that the state's high court last year ruled the execution could proceed and should do so again. (Alabama Department of Corrections, via AP, File)
January 26, 2018 - 7:54 am
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of an Alabama inmate whose attorneys argue that dementia has left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago. Justices issued a stay Thursday night, the same evening that Vernon Madison was...
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January 25, 2018 - 5:58 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top Republican lawmakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to stop an order by the state's highest court in a gerrymandering case brought by Democrats that threw out the boundaries of its 18 congressional districts and ordered them redrawn within three...
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January 25, 2018 - 3:56 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top Republican lawmakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday to stop an order by the state's highest court in a gerrymandering case that threw out the boundaries of its 18 congressional districts and ordered them redrawn within three weeks. Republicans who...
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January 25, 2018 - 3:29 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top Republican lawmakers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop an order by the state's highest court throwing out the boundaries of its 18 congressional districts in a gerrymandering case. Thursday's filing by the Legislature's Republican leaders says the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2017, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks with a reporter in Washington. On Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Hutchinson scheduled execution dates for eight inmates in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
February 27, 2017 - 8:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates over a 10-day period in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2017, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks with a reporter in Washington. On Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Hutchinson scheduled execution dates for eight inmates in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
February 27, 2017 - 6:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates over a 10-day period in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson...
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February 27, 2017 - 4:25 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates over a 10-day period in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson...
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February 27, 2017 - 2:54 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. The Republican governor signed a proclamation...
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In this Dec. 13, 2016 photo, Rob Phillips poses under a gate at his home with the old Anaconda smelter smokestack in the distance in Opportunity, Mont. Phillips is one of dozens of residents who are suing for the right to remove arsenic and other toxic metals from their land after they say federal officials and the smelter's owner botched the 34-year environmental cleanup. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)
February 24, 2017 - 12:44 pm
OPPORTUNITY, Mont. (AP) — George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination. The...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks at an event in Little Rock. Rutledge said Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, she was pleased that the state Supreme Court had tossed out a Fayetteville ordinance extending anti-discrimination protection to members of the LGBT community. Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and a handful of other cities had approved local ordinances prohibiting discrimination. The court agreed with state lawyers who said legislators intended to have uniform anti-discrimination measures statewide. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
February 23, 2017 - 3:01 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional. The...
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