WASHINGTON - Lawyers for the Senate are asking a federal judge to dismiss a suit by a citizens lobbying group challenging the Senate's 60-vote threshold for overcoming filibusters.
Common Cause attorney Emmet J. Bondurant says the founding fathers never intended to allow a minority to block consideration of a bill. But the Senate's lawyer in the case, Thomas Caballero, said the Constitution gives the Senate the authority to make its own rules.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan gave no indication Monday when he would rule on the Senate's motion to dismiss the suit. - AP
TAMPA, Fla. - University of South Florida anthropologists say they have found evidence of 98 deaths and more graves than previously identified at a closed reform school in the Panhandle.
A report released Monday by the university in Tampa says researchers found at least 50 gravesites at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
That's 19 more gravesites than had been identified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in a 2010 investigative report. The agency was unable to substantiate or refute claims that students were abused and even killed by staffers since the school opened in 1900. It closed last year.
The anthropologists documented the deaths of two adults and 96 children from 1914 through 1973. The anthropologists' research included archived documents from the school, interviews, and penetrating radar that led them to places they excavated. - AP
RALEIGH, N.C. - A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina cannot issue "Choose Life" license plates without offering a choice of plates with a different viewpoint.
U.S. District Court Judge James Fox ruled Friday that the state's attempt to offer "Choose Life" plates only is unconstitutional because it is "viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment."
The ruling comes 15 months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of four "pro-choice automobile owners" who contended the "Choose Life" plates were state-sponsored discrimination. - AP
The second winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot is identified: He's Matthew Good, 37, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., an electronics-industry professional, who grew up on a working-class block in Wormleysburg, Pa., near Harrisburg. He moved to the affluent Phoenix suburb last year.