Nature groups want role in suit challenging marine monument

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the ocean off of New England are asking to intervene in a lawsuit. They say the nearly 5,000-square-mile monument area has "extraordinary scientific and ecological importance," including its rare deep-sea corals and endangered whales. Obama created the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in September using the Antiquities Act.

The Latest: Hawaii AG: An appeal of travel ban ruling likely

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on a federal court's ruling in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 3:05 a.m. Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin says there is likely to be an appeal by the Department of Justice of the ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii who extended his previous block of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

Judge rules Mount Pleasant teen will stand trial for murder

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that a Mount Pleasant teenage murder suspect will stand trial. Media outlets report that a judge Wednesday refused to grant 19-year-old Matthew Fischer immunity in the death of 17-year-old Lucas Cavanaugh. Fischer's attorneys cited the state's "stand your ground" law when asking for immunity. Police said Fischer was at the home of his then-girlfriend Nicole Brown on Jan.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

BASEBALL NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension was the fourth and least severe under the policy, which was agreed to in August 2015. New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was penalized 29 games, Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes 59 days and Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera 82 games. Familia was arrested Oct.

Senate hearing to focus on Russian disinformation tactics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some tactics Russia used to meddle in last year's presidential election would give shivers to anyone who believes in American democracy, the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat says. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia spoke ahead of a committee session Thursday that will address how the Kremlin allegedly uses technology to spread disinformation in the U.S. and Europe. Warner and the panel's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Trump University lawsuits face final hurdle to settlement

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- President Donald Trump faces one last hurdle to ending nearly seven years of lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University when a judge decides Thursday whether to approve a $25 million settlement with former customers. When attorneys reached a deal 10 days after Trump's election, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel said he hoped it would be part of "a healing process that this country very sorely needs.

'Dreamer' reunites with family, says he's hopeful for future

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Their hug was silent, their smiles broad. After more than six weeks in custody, a Mexican man who had been arrested despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was freed Wednesday pending deportation proceedings.

A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and from halting the U.S. refugee program.

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TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS-THE LATEST The Latest: Attorney general: Religious freedom affirmed HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's attorney general says a federal judge's decision to extend an order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban affirms values of religious freedom. State Attorney General Douglas Chin says Wednesday's longer-lasting ruling means that Muslims and refugees will face less uncertainty. U.S.

Federal judge dismisses UNC as defendant in athlete lawsuit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- A federal judge has granted the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's request to dismiss the school from a lawsuit filed by two former Tar Heels athletes tied to its multiyear academic scandal. In a Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs stated the school had 11th Amendment immunity as an arm of the state that prevented it from being sued in federal court.

Seattle announces lawsuit over Trump sanctuary cities threat

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle filed a lawsuit Wednesday over President Donald Trump's executive order that threatens to withhold federal funds from communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally. Mayor Ed Murray said the order issued in January punishing "sanctuary cities" is unconstitutional and creates uncertainty around the city's budget. Other governments have sued Trump over the sanctuary issue.

Homeowners at San Francisco sinking high-rise sue developer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A homeowners association representing property owners at a downtown San Francisco high-rise sued the developers on Wednesday for failing to tell residents the condominium tower was sinking at an unexpected rate. The Millennium Tower homeowners association's lawsuit is the latest suit filed in a high-profile dispute over the sinking building that opened in 2009. Lawsuits involve the developer, the city and owners of the multimillion-dollar condos. But Daniel M.

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NBA-SCHEDULE Warriors get 9th straight as Durant progresses UNDATED (AP) -- It was a pretty good Wednesday for the Golden State Warriors. They earned their ninth straight win, stretched their lead in the NBA's Western Conference and announced that one of their top players is close to returning. The Warriors led the West by 3 1/2 games over the Spurs after erasing a 22-point deficit in a 110-98 triumph at San Antonio.

The Latest: Attorney general: Religious freedom affirmed

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on a hearing in federal court in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Hawaii's attorney general says a federal judge's decision to extend an order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban affirms values of religious freedom. State Attorney General Douglas Chin says Wednesday's longer-lasting ruling means that Muslims and refugees will face less uncertainty. U.S.

Louisiana inmates sue over solitary confinement on death row

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Inmates on Louisiana's death are confined in inhumane isolation for 23 hours a day in windowless cells "the size of an average home bathroom," according to a lawsuit challenging the practice. Attorneys for three death row prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola filed a class action Wednesday against prison officials, claiming the solitary confinement conditions violate the inmates' constitutional rights.