The Latest: Wendy Davis calls abortion ruling gratifying end AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision striking down Texas' strict regulation of abortion clinics (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Wendy Davis says she burst into tears after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the Texas abortion law that the former Democratic state senator once temporarily blocked with an 11-hour filibuster in 2013. Davis said Monday she viewed the 5-3 decision as the justices shutting down future efforts by Republican-controlled states to impose what she called "sham laws" on abortion providers. She also says that abortion services in some underserved Texas areas could return over the next six months.
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 the country was stripped of its top credit rating and stock markets and the pound continued a downward spiral. Calling the vote a "seminal event" that "will lead to a less predictable, stable and effective policy framework in the U.K," Standard & Poor's knocked the U.K.'s sovereign rating by two notches, from AAA to AA. Hours later, Fitch Ratings followed suit, downgrading the country to AA, from AA+. Both agencies said they were keeping a negative outlook on their ratings, which means they could downgrade the country further.
The Latest: Lithuania says UK must say if decision is final Lithuania's foreign minister says the United Kingdom must clarify whether its decision to leave the European Union is "clear and final," saying the current uncertainty is not only detrimental to financial markets but to millions of Europeans. Speaking at the United Nations in New York, Linas Linkevicius said that if the decision is final, UK-EU talks should start with any artificial delays. He said the UK could stay in the single market like Norway which pays large fees to the EU budget, it could follow Switzerland which has about 100 agreements with the EU in different fields, or it could negotiate a free trade treaty with the EU.
Texas illegally curbs abortion clinics, Supreme Court rules 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.
Volkswagen reaches $14.7B emissions settlement SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday. The deal sets aside $10 billion to repair or buy back roughly 475,000 polluting Volkswagen vehicles with 2-liter diesel engines, and to compensate each owner with an additional payment of between $5,100 and $10,000, the person said. The person asked not to be identified because the deal will not be filed in court until Tuesday, and a judge has ordered attorneys not to talk about it before then.
Judge blocks part of Mississippi LGBT marriage law JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' ruling blocks the state from enforcing part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law Friday. Reeves is extending his previous order that overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. He says circuit clerks are required to provide equal treatment for all couples, gay or straight. Mississippi's religious objections measure, House Bill 1523, was filed in response to last summer's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.
France opens manslaughter inquiry into EgyptAir cr PARIS (AP) - French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry Monday into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism. Prosecutor's office spokesman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the inquiry was launched as an accident investigation, not a terrorism investigation. She said French authorities are "not at all" favoring the theory that the plane was downed deliberately, though the status of the inquiry could eventually change if evidence emerges to that effect. Investigators decided to start the probe before waiting to analyze the plane's flight data and voice recorders, based on evidence gathered so far, she said, without elaborating.
Warren: Clinton can be trusted to fight Donald Trump CINCINNATI (AP) - Elizabeth Warren offered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday, vouching for her as someone who could be trusted to fight for workers and fend off Donald Trump. The two most powerful women in the Democratic Party clasped hands and held them high overhead, offering a powerful visual and a preview of what could be a historic presidential ticket. "Here's what it boils down to. Hillary has brains. She has guts. She has thick skin and steady hands," said Warren, a champion of the party's liberal base, before 2,600 cheering supporters at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
Recovery underway in West Virginia town 'built to carry on' RAINELLE, W.Va. (AP) - When the torrential rains stopped in the tiny West Virginia town of Rainelle, the volunteers started showing up. By Monday, a small food line at a shopping plaza had ballooned from a couple of hundred hot dogs and hamburgers to a feast for flood victims - everything from bananas to cupcakes to nachos - and more hot dogs. Behind the food line, a large room was filled halfway to the ceiling with bags of donated clothing. As volunteers sorted the items, the extent of last Thursday's deluge came into clearer focus: Thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed and at least 23 people were killed when up to 9 inches of rain fell in a short span, causing perhaps the worst flooding the state has seen in three decades.
The Latest: Roy Hodgson steps down as England coach Roy Hodgson says England needs a new coach following its elimination from the European Championship. Hodgson's four-year contract was due to expire at the end of the tournament, which has ended in the round of 16 after losing to Iceland. Hodgson says "I would have loved to stay on another two years, however I'm pragmatic and know that we're in the results business." He adds his contract "was always up after the Euros, so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players. They have been fantastic and they have done everything that has been asked of them."