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Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa folds his hands in prayer as he is blessed by a Buddhist monk after signing his resignation paper in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, saying he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
December 15, 2018 - 6:07 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister announced Saturday that he would step aside, paving the way for his sacked predecessor to regain the position and apparently ending a political impasse that has paralyzed the government for nearly two months. Mahinda Rajapaksa's...
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December 15, 2018 - 12:21 am
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, who ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" Friday, is no stranger to the conservative resistance to Obama administration policies. O'Connor, 53, is a former state and federal prosecutor who was nominated to the federal bench in 2007 by President George W. Bush...
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December 14, 2018 - 10:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29,2018, file photo, Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, gestures as he arrives for a meeting with his supporting lawmakers at the parliamentary complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that the disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
December 14, 2018 - 10:29 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 photo, Borey Ai pauses outside of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Ai spent 19 years in prison before parole officials decided he'd turned his life around and he walked out of San Quentin and into the waiting arms of federal immigration agents. In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old. The court offered no public explanation for its rejection on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 of Borey Ai's pardon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:45 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old Cambodian refugee who killed a woman when he was 14 years old. The court gave no reason for the rejection, but earlier noted it only had the authority to do so...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The chief justice of the California Supreme Court says concerns about increasing polarization in the country prompted her to give up her Republican Party affiliation. Cantil-Sakauye said in a telephone interview on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, that she switched her voter registration to no party preference after the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But she said she had been considering the move for several years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 14, 2018 - 5:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief justice of the California Supreme Court said Friday she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing political polarization and incivility in the U.S. Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in a telephone interview that she switched her voter registration...
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December 14, 2018 - 5:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a request from Bill Cosby to be released on bail while he appeals his sexual assault conviction. The order from the court issued Friday does not elaborate on the decision. Cosby filed an appeal earlier this month saying that...
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FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington. The Justice Department is challenging a Maryland federal judge’s decision to allow a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency to proceed in district court. It wants an appeals court to take up the case instead. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 14, 2018 - 5:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for President Donald Trump filed papers on Friday asking that a lawsuit accusing the president of profiting from his office be taken out of the hands of a Maryland federal judge and sent to a federal appeals court. Trump's personal attorney, William Consovoy, requested...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, speaks at a news conference in Augusta, Maine. Poliquin, who has disputed his loss in the first ranked-choice congressional race in U.S. history is dropping his request for a recount. Poliquin challenged the system in federal court, and a judge ruled against him on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. He also requested the recount, which has been taking place in Augusta. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)
December 14, 2018 - 4:34 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Republican incumbent dropped his request for a recount Friday in the first congressional race in U.S. history held under a system by which voters rank candidates in order of preference. The announcement by Rep. Bruce Poliquin came a day after a federal judge tossed out his...
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In this Dec. 11, 2018 photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Parties and Christmas cookies only soothe so much in the chilly Capitol after two years of President Donald Trump’s provocations, dramas like Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and the elections that flipped the House majority to Democrats. Everyone wants to go home, yet both chambers were scheduled to be in session next week over hefty matters, including the budget and criminal sentencing reform. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 14, 2018 - 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer leaned back in his seat and propped up his feet on the leather chair next to him as he listened to a colleagues farewell address this week. It was a casual vibe in the normally stuffy chamber and just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th...
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