The 2-1 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, was a victory for advocates of privacy rights for cellphone users. It also creates a split with two other federal appeals courts that have decided similar cases, increasing the potential that the U.S. Supreme Court may take up the issue. Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union appealed one of those decisions, a May 5 ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, to the Supreme Court.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The 46-year-old truck driver who won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor says he spent nothing on his campaign and knows nobody in politics. He didn't even vote in the primary because he says he was busy.
Two allies of U.S. Republican presidential contender Rand Paul were charged on Wednesday along with another man with concealing payments made to a local politician to secure an endorsement for Paul's father during the 2012 presidential election campaign. The three men concealed payments to an Iowa state senator to get him to switch his endorsement to Ron Paul, a former U.S. congressman, prosecutors said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California closed an ugly chapter in its financial history on Wednesday by making its final payment on $14.2 billion in costly borrowing that plugged a budget deficit 11 years ago but eventually cost taxpayers about $5 billion in interest and fees.
Medics were called to a home in Newark, Delaware after a small child was found unresponsive near an in-ground pool.
Alfred Barria, 61, is charged with misdemeanors for disturbing the peace, although police still cannot confirm that shots were ever fired, said Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith. Soldiers training at Camp Shelby reported hearing gunshots around 8 a.m. on Wednesday in the same area where gunfire was reported on Tuesday. On both days, the shooter was described to police as a white man in a red pickup truck who appeared to have fired from a road outside the training center, which covers more than 134,000 acres near Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
KENNER, La. (AP) — A 23-year-old man crashed his muscle car through the New Orleans airport fence and onto a runway briefly before crashing back through the fence outside the airport's perimeter, police said.
Police confirmed a suspect had died.
Prosecutors said that while visiting his father's house, the 11-year-old took a handgun from a bedroom closet and threw it out of a bedroom window into the backyard. The boy then retrieved the gun and entered a car parked in the backyard, prosecutors said in a statement.
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge sentenced the last defendant in the Bernard Madoff case on Wednesday to six months in prison, marking the end of a prosecution that lasted more than six years and dispelled claims by the disgraced financier that he acted alone in pulling off his epic Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of billions.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia have reached agreement on a draft United Nations resolution aimed at identifying the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria so they can be brought to justice, two Security Council diplomats said Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly a dozen bondsmen looking for a fugitive in Phoenix ended up at the home of the city's top cop, police said Wednesday.
By Scot J. Paltrow NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Defense Department system for tracking and helping speed blood supplies to combat field hospitals does not work, threatening to cause blood shortages for wounded soldiers, according to a Defense Department Inspector General report. The Theater Blood Application, introduced in 2011, is now in use at more than 249 sites, Defense Health Agency spokesman Kevin Dwyer said.
A U.S. judge on Wednesday ordered Texas officials to recognize on a state death certificate the surviving spouse in a same-sex marriage whose husband died earlier this year. The case comes as states such as Texas, which had barred same-sex marriage, grapple with changes brought by the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that made gay marriage legal in the United States. Texas, where Republican leaders have tried to push back against gay marriage, had balked at recognizing John Stone-Hoskins as the surviving spouse on the death certificate of James Stone-Hoskins, according to court documents.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has postponed real estate heir Robert Durst's trial until next year.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The lyrics of a more than 40-year-old strip-mining protest song still amount to fighting words in Wyoming, where a lawsuit pits environmentalists against one of the nation's largest coal mining companies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a long-delayed rule requiring companies to reveal the pay gap between CEOs and their employees.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton must explain why he should not be held in contempt for enforcing state laws that impede gay marriage rights after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision, a federal judge ordered Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Park Police say a man has been charged after a gun was fired inside a car on the National Mall.
NEW AUGUSTA, Miss. (AP) — Sheriff: Man arrested for noises near Camp Shelby; still investigating whether it was gunfire.