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February 1, 2016 - 7:11pm
1 week 2 days ago

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge's decision appears to be at least several weeks away in litigation over North Carolina's photo ID mandate for voters, making it likely that the new requirement will begin when early in-person voting begins March 3.

Trial ended Monday in multiple lawsuits over the new statute, which is supposed to be implemented for the first time during the March 15 primary.

The requirement, first approved by Republican...

February 1, 2016 - 6:52pm
1 week 3 days ago

A former Maryland judge has pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom.

Robert Nalley of La Plata, Maryland, pleaded guilty in federal court in Maryland on Monday. According to a statement of facts he agreed to, Nalley was presiding over a criminal trial for a man in July 2014 when the incident happened.

The man was representing himself and during jury selection, he read from a...

February 1, 2016 - 6:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sept. 24 in Washington.

Smithsonian chief spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said Monday that President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, will lead the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

St. Thomas says a weeklong celebration will follow, including an outdoor festival and a period in which the museum on the National Mall...

February 1, 2016 - 6:21pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Registered sex offenders who have committed crimes against children will have a harder time traveling internationally under legislation Congress has sent to the president's desk.

The House passed the legislation by voice vote Monday after Senate passage in December. If signed by the president, the U.S. would let other countries know when a registered sex offender is traveling abroad. The United States would work with countries to receive information...

February 1, 2016 - 6:18pm
1 week 3 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker criticized for recent comments about the Ku Klux Klan has withdrawn bills honoring the Confederacy.

Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/1SyTVGd) last week that the KKK wasn't racist but was a group of vigilantes trying to keep law and order.

The newspaper reported Monday that Benton withdrew his name from bills formally recognizing Confederate Memorial Day and...

February 1, 2016 - 5:58pm
1 week 3 days ago

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Williamsburg church founded by slaves marked its 240th anniversary with the sounding of a restored bell to mark the start of Black History Month.

The First Baptist Church welcomed descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings at a ceremony Monday attended by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other dignitaries. Jackson said the bell's sounding "represents the cry of liberty."

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation loaned some of...

February 1, 2016 - 5:52pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Government Accountability Office says the Justice Department needs to better document how it's tracking the effect of marijuana legalization in the states.

In a report Monday, investigators noted that the DOJ said in 2013 it would allow states to regulate marijuana for medical or recreational use, as long as they meet federal law enforcement priorities that include keeping pot away from children and keeping criminal organizations out of the industry...

February 1, 2016 - 5:51pm
1 week 3 days ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Virginia's congressional Republicans to put a new congressional map on hold and allow the 2016 elections to proceed under the old boundaries.

The high court issued its denial Monday.

Republicans are also asking the court to reverse a decision by a three-judge panel that said lawmakers in 2012 illegally packed too many black voters into the 3rd Congressional District. The court is...

February 1, 2016 - 5:50pm
1 week 3 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union says it has rejected a contract proposal because it does not address school conditions, lack of services to some students and the long-term fiscal crisis that the nation's third-largest school district faces.

CTU said in a news release Monday that it rejected what it called last week a "serious offer."

According to the union, the offer would have required teachers to pick up their pension costs and increase...

February 1, 2016 - 5:48pm
1 week 3 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines is apologizing to passengers after a confrontation between two flight attendants last month led pilots to make an unscheduled landing halfway through the trip.

The airline says the actions of the crew members didn't reflect the professionalism expected of employees.

The Aviation Herald, a website that tracks accidents and other incidents involving planes, said Delta flight 2598 was headed from Los Angeles to Minneapolis...

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