Justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed closely divided Monday about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and sentenced to death more than 30 years ago.


  • Written by MARK SHERMAN , Associated Press

Trump pushes wall funding in spending dispute with Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown.

  • Written by CATHERINE LUCEY and HOPE YEN , Associated Press

New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

  • Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND and GERALD HERBERT , Associated Press

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press