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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from Maryland gun owners who challenged the state's assault weapons ban.

The justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the Maryland law that does not permit the sale of a range of semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. The banned guns include those that were used in recent mass shootings in a south Texas church and at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a Republican appeal over the state's map for the 6th District in the western part of the state.

The Frederick News-Post reports that Attorney General Brian Frosh asked the high court to affirm a U.S. District Court decision not to impose a preliminary injunction that would have required a new statewide map before the 2018 election.

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Some Delaware lawmakers are moving to make sure that abortion will still be legal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe V. Wade that made it a right.

Still on the books is a Delaware law that would bar abortion except in a few instances but was made moot by the 1973 court decision.

With the possibility that President Trump may appoint enough justices to overturn that ruling State Senator Bryan Townsend says it’s time to make sure that a right to an abortion is legal in the First State.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Tim Kaine is joining with most of his Democratic colleagues and says he will vote to filibuster President Donald Trump's choice of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.

The Virginia Democrat and vice presidential running mate last year for Hillary Clinton cited Gorsuch's opinion that employers have the right to deny government-mandated contraception coverage for their workers in explaining his opposition.

Kaine said such rulings "do not demonstrate a philosophy that belongs on the Supreme Court."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has again declined to hear the death row case of a man who was convicted of killing a Richmond family of four.

The high court denied Ricky Gray's petition for a rehearing Monday after declining last month to hear his appeal.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia death row inmate convicted of hiring another man to kill his ex-girlfriend is planning to ask Gov. Terry McAuliffe to halt his execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear Ivan Teleguz's appeal.

Attorney Michael Williams said in an email that Teleguz will now ask the Democratic governor for clemency. Williams said McAuliffe will decide "whether to prevent the Commonwealth from executing an innocent man."

A McAuliffe spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge is holding a status conference with attorneys regarding a murder suspect whose case led to Delaware's death penalty being overturned by the state Supreme Court.

Tuesday's court conference involves Benjamin Rauf, charged with first-degree murder in last year's drug-related killing of 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin, a fellow Temple University law school graduate. Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys' bathroom at his high school.

The Gloucester County School Board formally asked the high court on Monday to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the board's policy barring Gavin Grimm from the boys' restroom violates federal law.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general says he will not appeal a state Supreme Court decision declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional, but that he believes the ruling cannot be applied retroactively to the 13 men currently on death row.

In a statement Monday, Democratic Attorney General Matt Denn's office said he has decided not to appeal the Aug. 2 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boy's bathroom at his school until it decides whether to intervene in his case.

The high court agreed Wednesday to allow the Gloucester County School board to bar Gavin Grimm from the bathroom that matches his gender identity until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.

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