LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A deputy for the Kentucky county
clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses
to gay couples questioned on Friday the validity of the licenses
he has issued since his boss' return.
CHICAGO - Caught in a political stalemate that has
forced it to operate for nearly three months without a budget,
Illinois' spending decisions are increasingly being made by
courts and at a rate that is further deepening the state's
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lawyers for two Jewish
congregations feuding over the ownership of the United States'
oldest synagogue made their closing arguments on Friday, leaving
the question of who owns the temple in the hands of a federal
judge in Providence, Rhode Island.
NEW YORK - A 64-year-old former investment manager
was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to serve six
years in prison and pay restitution to his victims for running
an $18 million Ponzi scheme, prosecutors said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans voted to deny
funds to women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood for a
year on Friday but the action did little to quell party desires
to use a spending bill as leverage in their fight to punish the
group in an abortion controversy.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced
wide-ranging new rules on Friday to ease trade, travel and
investment restrictions with Cuba, the latest effort to chip
away at the long-standing U.S. economic embargo amid a
diplomatic thaw between the two former Cold War foes.
WASHINGTON/DETROIT - Volkswagen AG
faces penalties up to $18 billion after being accused of
designing software for diesel cars that deceives regulators
measuring toxic emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency said on Friday.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld
some gun restrictions in Washington, D.C., while striking down
others, including a requirement that gun owners re-register
every three years.
WILMINGTON, Del - A Delaware judge signaled on
Thursday that the rules are changing for shareholder class
actions challenging corporate mergers, which are widely
criticized for reaping millions dollars in lawyers' fees while
rarely generating a penny for investors.
DENVER - A 41-year-old Colorado man has been
sentenced to six months in federal prison for leaving 4.25 tons
(3,855 kg) of litter in a scenic national forest that took
dozens of volunteers and a helicopter to remove, authorities