NC governor's judicial pick marks small win in war with GOP

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Democratic governor needed just 15 minutes Monday to replace a resigning Republican judge with an openly gay replacement on the state's second-highest court, the latest twist in his feud with the GOP-controlled General Assembly. Exploiting an opening before Republican lawmakers were expected to begin shrinking the Court of Appeals, Gov.

Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. He's endured the steady drip of investigations and a seemingly endless churn of public personnel drama.

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships -- and reshape some of the nation's highest courts. Democrats have few ways to stop them.

Trump at 100 days: 'It's a different kind of presidency'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. He's endured the steady drip of investigations and a seemingly endless churn of public personnel drama.

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.

Alabama Supreme Court upholds Chief Roy Moore's suspension

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore lost his effort to regain his job on Wednesday as the Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension for urging defiance of federal rulings allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The fiery jurist lashed out at Wednesday's decision, saying he considers his lengthy suspension to be both illegal and a "clear disregard of the will of the people who elected me chief justice.

Judge denies bid to disband polygamous towns' police agency

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge has rejected a bid to disband a shared police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border as a punishment for discriminating against people who aren't members of the dominant religious sect in the sister cities. Instead, U.S. District Judge H.

Turkey referendum: What are the main issues and process?

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey is holding a national referendum Sunday to approve or reject a package of constitutional reforms that would replace the country's parliamentary system with a presidential one. The referendum is seen by many as the ultimate test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's popularity.

Stability or autocracy? Turkey divided over key referendum

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey is heading toward a historic referendum on a new political system that could change the course of its history -- and it has the country divided right down the middle. For supporters, change will bring much-needed stability. Others fear it could lead Turkey down the path of an autocratic, one-man rule by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Federal judge ordered to rehab for alcoholism, records show

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge whose unusual behavior on the bench preceded her mysterious removal from a string of cases was ordered to get treatment for alcoholism so severe a colleague believes she cannot take care of herself, according to court records released Thursday. The records revealing U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi's alcoholism don't answer whether it was a factor in the secretive interruptions in her Louisiana courtroom.

Chicago police: Man charged in judge's death, robbery motive

CHICAGO (AP) -- Robbery was the motive that led to the fatal shooting of a criminal court judge outside his Chicago home, police said Wednesday. Joshua Smith, 37, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and obstruction in the death of Associate Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Myles, said Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples. A 52-year-old woman that the judge knew also was shot in the incident early Monday on the city's South Side.

Grunt jobs will come Justice Gorsuch's way at high court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- How do you keep a new Supreme Court justice's head from getting too big? Start by making him take notes and answer the door at the justices' private meetings. Then, remind him he speaks last at those discussions. Finally, assign him the job of listening to gripes about the food at the court's cafeteria.

Facts about Justice Neil Gorsuch and the Supreme Court

Justice Neil Gorsuch is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in a quarter-century. Some facts about Gorsuch and the court: --At 49, he is the youngest nominee since Clarence Thomas, who was 43 when confirmed in 1991. --The Colorado native went to high school in Washington while his mother served as EPA administrator in the Reagan administration.

The Latest: With Gorsuch, high court takes conservative tilt

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the swearing-in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking his place in history as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court. With the swearing-in of Gorsuch, the court returns to a narrow conservative majority and President Donald Trump scores a much-needed political victor.

AP Fact Check: Trump and lawmakers on Syria, jobs, court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base, President Donald Trump accused his predecessor of doing nothing when Syria's government used chemical weapons against its population in 2013. Trump is right that President Barack Obama issued what amounted to an empty threat of military action. The circumstances, though, were more complicated than Trump described.

Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, restores conservative tilt

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place in history Monday as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court, restoring a narrow conservative majority and marking a much-needed political victory for President Donald Trump. Gorsuch was sworn in during a sun-soaked ceremony in the Rose Garden, nearly 14 months after the seat was left vacant with the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge to consider Arkansas' plan to execute 7 in 11 days

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A judge considering Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute seven inmates over 11 days before its supply of an execution drug expires has had a hand in key decisions on several social issues in the state. Judge Kristine Baker, who was appointed to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas by President Barack Obama, ruled in 2014 that Arkansas' gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.