• This undated photo provided by Bartlow Gallery, Ltd. shows a painting of a landscape that was once valued at more than $10 million. A federal judge in Chicago is set to issue a verdict in a peculiar civil trial over a celebrated Scottish-born artist's insistence that he did not paint the landscape work. The painting's owner maintains that the painting of the desert landscape, which he paid $100 for in the ’70s, is by Scottish-born Peter Doig. (Bartlow Gallery, Ltd. via AP)

    Was painting by famed living artist? US judge to decide

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago is set to issue a verdict in a peculiar civil trial over a celebrated Scottish-born artist’s insistence that he did not paint a landscape work that was once valued at more than $10 million.

  • In this May 25, 2016, file photo, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announces Texas' lawsuit to challenge President Obama's transgender bathroom order during a news conference in Austin, Texas. A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration's directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. Paxton had argued that halting the law before school began was necessary because districts risked losing federal education dollars if they didn't comply. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

    Q&A: Judge blocks Obama directive over transgender students

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Answers to common questions about a ruling by a federal judge who blocked an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools:

  • The statue of Barbara Johns with her hand outstretched, stands behind Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe as he speaks during a ceremony dealing with the restoration of rights at the Virginia Civil Rights memorial at the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. McAuliffe announced that he again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons who served their time after his previous attempt was thwarted by Republican lawmakers and the state Supreme Court. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

    Voting rights restored again for 13K felons in Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A defiant Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons who served their time after his previous attempt was thwarted by Republican lawmakers and the state Supreme Court.

  • In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration's directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    Judge in Texas temporarily blocks Obama’s transgender rules

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

  • California crime measure triggers 52,000 fewer arrests

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 2014 California voter-approved initiative that reduced penalties for certain drug and property crimes has led to the lowest arrest rate in state history as police frequently ignore those illegal activities, experts say.

  • Recent documents in bridge case to remain sealed, judge says

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge hearing the case of two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has ruled that recent filings are to remain under seal.

  • In this Oct. 19, 2011, file photo, a girl receives treatment for cholera symptoms at a Doctors Without Borders, MSF, cholera clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A U.S. federal appeals court has upheld on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, the United Nations’ immunity from a damage claim filed on behalf of 5,000 cholera victims who blame the U.N. for an epidemic of the deadly disease in Haiti. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    US appeals court upholds UN immunity from Haiti cholera suit

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.N. acknowledgement that it played a role in introducing cholera to Haiti and vows to aid victims were welcomed Friday in the Caribbean nation, which has experienced the worst outbreak of the disease in recent history.

  • Judge spares Aretha Franklin house from demolition – for now

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has seen enough progress on the dilapidated home where singer Aretha Franklin was born to keep it from being demolished.

  • Cops: Inmate who threatened Justin Bieber made anthrax hoax

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont inmate who once hatched a plot in a New Mexico prison to kill pop singer Justin Bieber was behind an anthrax scare at a courthouse where he was sentenced for killing a 15-year-old girl, police said Thursday.

  • Appeals court affirms dismissal of ex-college players’ suit

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An appellate court has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 10 former college athletes who said television networks and college conferences profited from their names and likenesses without permission.