66-year-old man arrested on child sex charges

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- A judge has denied bail for a 66-year-old man arrested on child sex charges. News outlets report that Tony Calhoun Fulmer is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a victim under 16 years old but more than 10 years old between September 2016 and January 2017. Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed W. Hashe says Fulmer was arrested Sunday morning.

Federal judges deny efforts to delay Arkansas executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years asked an appeals court on Sunday to halt their lethal injections because of poor health that could cause complications. Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams asked the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday to grant them stays of execution.

3 judges to hear appeal of Hawaii ruling blocking travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) -- A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by Hawaii attorneys asking that a panel of 11 judges hear the case next month. Appeals are typically heard first by a three-judge panel before they are possibly examined by the larger panel.

Germany to appeal US case involving Nazi art sale

WASHINGTON (AP) -- German officials have signaled that they will appeal a decision by a U.S. judge in a case involving art allegedly looted by the Nazis. The judge ruled that the heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers can sue Germany in an American court over an alleged violation of international law. The case involves medieval relics valued at more than $250 million.

Update on the latest sports

NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics thump Bulls to get back in series. UNDATED (AP) -- Homecourt advantage has meant absolutely nothing to the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The top-seeded Celtics have bounced back from consecutive home losses to whip the Bulls, 104-87 and get within two games to one in the series.

Germany: Suspect bet against Dortmund then bombed its bus

BERLIN (AP) -- A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet that Borussia Dortmund shares would drop, then bombed the soccer team's bus in an attack he tried to disguise as Islamic terrorism in a scheme to net millions, German officials said Friday. The suspect, identified only as Sergej W.

Court again finds intentional voter discrimination in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Republican-drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas' statehouse districts violates the U.S. Constitution by intentionally discriminating against minority voters, a federal court found Thursday -- the third such ruling against the state's voting laws in roughly a month.

The Latest: Arkansas executes first inmate since 2005

VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to carry out executions before the end of April (all times local): 11:56 p.m. Arkansas has executed an inmate for the first time in nearly a dozen years as part of its plan to execute several inmates before a drug expires April 30, despite court rulings that have already spared three men. Ledell Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. Thursday.

The Latest: Victim plans complaint vs. judge in rape case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Latest on complaints against a Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing (all times local): 3:05 p.m. A woman says she plans to file an official complaint against a Utah judge who called a man convicted of sexually assaulting her a "good man" during sentencing. Julia Kirby said Thursday that she wants the state Judicial Conduct Commission to know the remarks were "emotionally damaging.

US surveillance court denied few monitoring requests in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's super-secret intelligence court denied just nine of the more than 1,700 requests it received last year for government surveillance warrants in terrorism and espionage cases, according to a report released Thursday that offers a rare glimpse into its work. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court received 1,752 applications for wiretaps and other surveillance in 2016.

Group complains judge who called rapist 'good man' is biased

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during sentencing showed bias for the defendant because he was a former Mormon bishop, according to an official complaint filed Thursday by a gay rights group. Mark Lawrence of Restore our Humanity said the group sent the complaint to the state Judicial Conduct Commission, which can recommend the Utah Supreme Court reprimand or remove Judge Thomas Low.

Judge rejects Blue Cross NC claim for millions owed by feds

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's largest health insurer must wait for payment for $130 million that Washington promised but didn't pay under a provision of President Barack Obama's reform law, a federal judge ruled. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina's lawsuit contended the government owes it overdue payments promised to stabilize health insurance premiums for companies that took on sicker and older customers.

Father of fallen Muslim-American soldier decries travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The father of a Muslim-American soldier who died in combat in Iraq filed an amicus brief on Wednesday supporting a federal judge's decision to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Attorneys for Gold Star father Khizr Khan filed his brief in San Francisco where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering an appeal to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson.

Judge who wrote key physician-assisted suicide ruling dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court judge who wrote a key ruling on doctor-assisted suicide has died. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Senior Judge John T. Noonan died on Monday at the age of 90. Noonan -- an appointee of President Ronald Reagan -- joined the San Francisco-based court in 1985 and authored nearly 1,100 opinions over a 31-year career.

Conservatives stymied by latest Arkansas execution setback

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' attempt to carry out its first execution in nearly 12 years wasn't thwarted by the type of liberal activist judge Republicans regularly bemoan here, but instead by a state Supreme Court that's been the focus of expensive campaigns by conservative groups to reshape the judiciary.

Judge spares police in polygamous towns, orders monitoring

PHOENIX (AP) -- The federal government's bid to dismantle the police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border has been rejected by a judge as too drastic and expensive. But the towns will still be under court supervision for the next decade as punishment in a religious discrimination case.

The Latest: Arkansas governor disappointed by court ruling

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Latest on Arkansas' plan to execute several inmates before the end of April (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he is "surprised and disappointed" that the state Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution to Stacey Johnson, who was scheduled to be put to death Thursday. In a statement late Wednesday, Hutchinson did not say whether the state would appeal the 4-3 decision.

Judge: Ex-Utah State player accused of rape to stand trial

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah judge ruled on Wednesday that there is enough evidence against a former Utah State University football player accused of sexually assaulting seven women for the cases to go to trial. Torrey Green, 23, is charged with sexually assaulting the women from 2013 to 2015, when he was a student. Judge Brian Cannell's ruling came after lawyers gave closing statements to wrap up evidentiary hearings in March.