Audit: Ferguson courts 'in disarray' after police killing

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An audit launched in the wake of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson found the city's court system "in disarray" and disorganized, according to a report released Wednesday by the Missouri state auditor. State Auditor Nicole Galloway was in St. Louis to release details of the audit, which gave Ferguson courts a "poor" rating -- the lowest available rating.

Judge cites Trump's words in blocking 'sanctuary city' order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him. In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president's order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

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The Latest: Spicer calls judge's decision 'egregious'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on a federal judge's ruling that blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities (all times local): 9 p.m. The White House is blasting a federal judge's decision Tuesday blocking President Trump's attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. But they say they're confident they'll prevail in the Supreme Court.

Court removes obstacle to releasing wolves in New Mexico

DENVER (AP) -- A federal court on Tuesday removed an obstacle to the U.S. government's plan to release more endangered wolves in New Mexico over the state's objections, but it was not clear whether additional animals would be reintroduced under the Trump administration. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary order issued by a lower court that stopped the U.S.

Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The highest court in the United Methodist Church considered Tuesday whether to invalidate the election of the denomination's first openly gay bishop, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships. The challenge was filed last year to the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is married to another woman.

Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument Tuesday was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer was the culprit. A mildly embarrassed Breyer quickly appeared to reach down to turn it off as a majority of his colleagues on the bench broke into smiles. Justice Samuel Alito struggled to suppress a laugh.

The Latest: 2 gang members sentenced for couple's slaying

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the sentencing of two gang members for the deaths of a South Carolina couple three years ago (all times local): 11:55a.m. Two North Carolina gang members have been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting deaths of a South Carolina couple who were to testify against other gang members in an attempted robbery case. Jamell Cureton and Malcolm Hartley were sentenced during separate hearings before U.S.

NC Republicans override gov's veto in latest partisan clash

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republican lawmakers have voted to override new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that reduces his authority over state elections, the latest partisan clash in North Carolina over laws that chip away at executive branch power. The House completed the override Tuesday, a day after the Senate cast a similar vote that exceeded the three-fifths majorities required to enact the law despite Cooper's objections.

Justices revive suit against Indian casino limo driver

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unanimous Supreme Court says that Indian tribes' immunity from lawsuits does not always extend to their employees in incidents that occur far from Indian reservations. The justices ruled Tuesday in a case that involved a limo driver who rear-ended a car on a Connecticut interstate. The court revived a state court civil lawsuit filed by the injured occupants of the car.

Trump's 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice -- no small feat -- and call these promises kept.

Trailblazing Colorado abortion law marks 50th anniversary

DENVER (AP) -- Tuesday marks 50 years since a groundbreaking Colorado law significantly loosened tight restrictions on legal abortions. Before the law, Colorado -- like many states -- allowed abortions only if a woman's life was at stake. In 1967, a Democratic freshman state lawmaker introduced a bill that allowed abortions if the woman's physical or mental health was threatened, if the unborn child might have birth defects or in cases of rape or incest.

Contrasting accounts of Arkansas execution from witnesses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- As a condemned killer lay on a gurney awaiting lethal injection in Arkansas' death chamber, a federal judge had to decide whether there was sufficient evidence that an inmate executed earlier that evening showed signs that he was suffering while he was put to death.

Timeline of Arkansas execution from AP reporter

VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- A federal judge temporarily halted a second execution Monday night in Arkansas after attorneys said in a court filing that the first execution for Jack Jones "appeared to be tortuous and inhumane." The judge lifted the stay later in the evening and the second inmate, Marcel Williams, was executed. Associated Press reporter Andrew DeMillo witnessed Jones' execution along with two other media witnesses.

Arkansas execution drugs intended for surgery, heart issues

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' execution protocol includes three drugs, two of which are used in surgery and one that benefits cardiac patients. A look at the drugs: ___ MIDAZOLAM Midazolam is the first of the three drugs administered to sedate the inmate. Because the state's supply reaches its expiration date April 30, Arkansas scheduled eight executions before then.

Trump's 100-days promises: A long way to go on most of them

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice -- no small feat -- and call these promises kept.

MetLife asks court to put hold on 'too big to fail' case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Insurance giant MetLife on Monday asked a federal appeals court to put on hold a ruling on whether the government can tag the company as a potential threat to the financial system. The insurer said in a court filing that the case should be halted pending a government report requested by President Donald Trump.