Big ruling for abortion rights in Supreme Court's Texas case WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century Monday, striking down Texas' widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the nation's second-most-populous state. By a 5-3 vote, the justices rejected the state's arguments that its 2013 law and follow-up regulations were needed to protect women's health. The rules required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. The clinics that challenged the law argued that it was merely a veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get abortions by forcing the closure of more than half the roughly 40 clinics that operated before the law took effect.
UK credit rating slashed, Cameron insists economy is robust LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Monday that Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union won't send the economy into a tailspin, even as Standard & Poor's stripped the U.K. of its top credit rating. As stock markets and the pound continued to decline, Cameron insisted the British economy was robust and could withstand the shockwaves created by the result. "It is clear that markets are volatile, there are some companies considering their investments and we know this is going to be far from plain sailing," Cameron told lawmakers as the House of Commons met for the first time since last week's referendum.
Clinton's VP thinking: Don't harm Dem chances to take Senate WASHINGTON (AP) - As Hillary Clinton considers her choices for vice president, she's seriously weighing the potential negative impact her decision could have on Democratic efforts to retake control of the Senate, according to party members familiar with her thinking. She's also said to be worried about how her pick could affect congressional elections in 2018, at the midpoint of her presidency should she win the White House. Her political calculus underscores how closely linked she believes her success as president would be to having her party in power on Capitol Hill. Clinton's concerns center on senators whose seats would be filled by a Republican governor if they move into the White House - including Cory Booker of New Jersey and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
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UK's anti-EU victors will find it hard to fulfill promises LONDON (AP) - Politicians who wanted Britain to leave the European Union were not shy about making promises. They plastered their campaign bus with vows to "take back control" on immigration and boost funding for the beloved National Health Service. But with Britain facing months or years of negotiations to detach itself from the 28-nation bloc, victorious "leave" leaders will find their pledges of prosperity, sovereignty and more public spending hard to keep. They know it, and are already lowering expectations. Conservative "leave" supporter Iain Duncan Smith now says the campaign had not laid out promises but simply "a series of possibilities." And having shocked the world - and global markets - with the referendum result, Britain appears in no hurry to rush out the EU's exit door.
Homes burned, looted in Iraqi city after defeat of militants FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - Dozens of homes were looted and burned as Fallujah was liberated from the Islamic State group, and Iraqi government forces Monday accused the retreating militants. Some provincial police, however, blamed the fires on Shiite militias operating with the federal police. The allegations of sectarian incidents in Fallujah are on a much smaller scale than those that unfolded in another Sunni-majority city, Tikrit, after government-sanctioned Shiite militias helped retake it from the IS group. The Iraqi government had sought to try to prevent similar abuses in the Fallujah campaign. Iraqi forces declared Sunday they had "fully liberated" Fallujah from the Sunni-led extremist group that took over the city 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad more than two years ago.
The Latest: Britain's Labour Party in turmoil over leader Fitch Ratings has downgraded the United Kingdom's credit rating by one notch following the vote to leave the European Union. The move to AA from AA+ follows the decision earlier Monday evening by Standard and Poor's to drop the country's sovereign rating by two notches to AA from AAA. "Fitch believes that uncertainty following the referendum outcome will induce an abrupt slowdown in short-term GDP growth, as businesses defer investment and consider changes to the legal and regulatory environment," the agency said in a statement. "Medium-term growth will also likely be weaker due to less favourable terms for exports to the EU, lower immigration and a reduction in foreign direct investment.
Clinton, Warren meet for first 2016 campaign event CINCINNATI (AP) - Elizabeth Warren offered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday morning, symbolically unifying the Democratic Party behind the presumptive nominee and giving voters a rousing preview of what could be a historic joint ticket. Throwing clasped hands high in the air, the two women promised to "go big" and "go bold" to level the playing field for frustrated and angry workers. "I'm here today because of her," said Warren, a champion of the party's liberal base, before 2,600 cheering supporters at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. "We're here to fight side-by-side with Hillary Clinton." The picture-perfect image marked an important moment of party unity after Clinton's long-fought primary against liberal challenger Bernie Sanders, who has not yet endorsed his former rival.
The Latest: Governor: Thousands of homes, businesses damaged West Virginia's governor says thousands of homes and businesses across the state have been damaged or destroyed in the flooding. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said during a press conference in Clendenin on Monday that thousands of homes will not be habitable again and thousands of others will need to be fixed. Tomblin says he doesn't have any specific numbers on the destruction yet. The flooding started Thursday when storms dumped up to 9 inches of rain over a period of a few hours, causing flash flooding that killed at least 23 people. More than 400 people are staying in shelters across the state.
Some fans want Messi to reconsider; others simply sad BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Some fans and players want him to reconsider. Other supporters on Monday were simply sad that Lionel Messi says he's quitting the Argentine national team. Messi shocked his native country with his abrupt resignation from international soccer after Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw on Sunday. "The national team is over for me," Messi Told the Argentine network TyC Sports. "It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over." Messi lifted Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar, setting the stage for another loss in a final.
The Latest: Clinton says gun violence is civil rights issue Hillary Clinton says saving children from gun violence is a civil rights issue. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee addressed a women's luncheon Monday hosted by the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition in Chicago. She called attention to gun violence in America's third-largest city, including over 60 people shot during the Memorial Day weekend. The largely black crowd included elected officials and local leaders. Clinton nodded to Jackson's civil rights efforts and drew parallels to Democrats' sit-in over gun legislation on the U.S. House floor. She also played to President Barack Obama's hometown crowd, praising economic gains during his tenure. Jackson has endorsed Clinton and lauded her for fighting for racial justice and gender equality.