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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to clear the federal government to resume executions next week after a 16-year hiatus, rejecting a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to lift a court-ordered hold. The Justice Department had sought to have the trial judge's hold lifted in time for Daniel Lewis Lee to be put to death next Monday in Indiana. The court as a whole gave no ...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Deerfield Beach man who was the first in Florida to be charged with defying the state's "red flag" law has been found guilty and is now facing a maximum prison term of five years. Broward Circuit Judge Ernest Kollra ordered a presentencing investigation for Jerron Smith, 33, who was accused in March 2018 of failing to allow law enforcement officials to confiscate his ...

WASHINGTON - The Democrats' campaign to regain control of the House in 2018 included a pledge to restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. But a vote Friday signals their legislation is headed nowhere. Their bill passed along party lines, 228-187, with only one Republican, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, voting "yes." It was the first time a rewrite or reauthorization of the ...

WASHINGTON - Democrats will unveil major climate legislation in the spring after the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis releases a set of recommendations, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday. Pelosi said House Democrats would follow the conclusions of the committee, which was established at the start of this Congress and has held more than a dozen hearings on climate change ...