Judiciary

Mark Esper, left, is sworn in as the Secretary of Defense by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, right, as is wife Leah Esper holds the Bible, during a ceremony with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 23, 2019 - 10:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally got a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense to succeed Jim Mattis. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8 and was sworn in at the White House by...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2019, file photo, Special counsel Robert Mueller speaks at the Department of Justice in Washington, about the Russia investigation. House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in a potentially last-ditch bid to impeach him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
July 23, 2019 - 8:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are pretty sure America didn't read the Mueller report. On Wednesday, they're hoping the nation will be glued to the TV version. Former Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's appearance before two House committees promises to be the TV event of the year in the U.S...
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Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies stand at the scene of a shooting outside the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Authorities say a man with a knife was shot and wounded by a courthouse security officer. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
July 23, 2019 - 8:08 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man with a knife has been shot and wounded outside a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles police say a courthouse security officer wounded the man, who was wielding the weapon Tuesday afternoon in front of the court on First Street. The man...
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In this July 20, 2019, photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in an electrical workers union hall in Las Vegas. Biden is proposing a sweeping criminal justice agenda that would reverse key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped author and which rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have blamed for mass incarceration of racial minorities. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 23, 2019 - 4:41 pm
Joe Biden is proposing to reverse several key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped write in an acknowledgment that his tough-on-crime positions of the past are at odds with the views of the modern Democratic Party. The former vice president is calling for an end to the disparity that placed...
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FILE - In this May 12, 2016 file photo, signage hangs outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday, July 23, 2019 affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
July 23, 2019 - 4:01 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings. The consent decree between the state's Democratic governor and transgender plaintiffs covers...
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President Donald Trump speaks during the "Presidential Social Media Summit" in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 23, 2019 - 3:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country's high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the United States. Trump tweeted that Guatemala has decided against signing a "safe-third agreement"...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions are asking a judge Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to keep it from taking effect while a legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued last month on behalf of Georgia advocacy groups and abortion providers to challenge the measure. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 1:14 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions on Tuesday asked a judge to keep it from taking effect while their legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for...
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FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Wray's appearance before the committee could be something of a preview of the intense questioning special counsel Robert Mueller is likely to face in Congress the next day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 23, 2019 - 11:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on FBI Director Christopher Wray's appearance before a Senate committee (all times local): 11:10 a.m. FBI Director Christopher Wray says China poses a more serious counterintelligence threat to the United States than any other country, including Russia. Wray told the...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 6, 2017, file photo, Gloucester County High School senior Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, arrives for a news conference in Richmond, Va. Grimm, a young man who’s become a national face for transgender student rights, will return to a Virginia courtroom Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to continue fighting against his former high school’s transgender bathroom policy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
July 23, 2019 - 2:04 am
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Gavin Grimm will be back in a Virginia courtroom to fight against his former high school's transgender bathroom policy. A federal judge in Norfolk will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Gloucester County School Board violated Grimm's rights when it banned him from using...
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A portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is displayed in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court, Monday, July 22, 2019, in Washington, as the former justice lies in repose at the court. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 23, 2019 - 12:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Justice John Paul Stevens will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery during a private funeral planned for Tuesday. The 99-year-old former Supreme Court justice died last week in Florida. He served on the high court for nearly 35 years, retiring in 2010. Stevens...
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