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Biden's high court pledge shows growing power of Black women

Jan. 28, 2022 00:55 AM EST

As he struggled to survive the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden made a striking pledge before voting began in heavily African American, must-win South Carolina: His first Supreme Court appointment would be a Black woman. On Thursday, with his poll numbers reaching new lows and his...

Who's who among some possible top Supreme Court contenders

Jan. 27, 2022 21:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement gives President Joe Biden a chance to make his first nomination to the high court. It's also a chance for Biden to fulfill a campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to be a justice. Some things to know...

Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice

Jan. 27, 2022 20:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden strongly affirmed Thursday that he will nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, declaring such historic representation is “long overdue” and promising to announce his choice by the end of February. In a White House...

California launches $185 million youth job corps

Jan. 27, 2022 16:42 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Thursday launched a $185 million jobs program aimed at putting disadvantaged youth and young adults to work helping their communities while improving their prospects for future success. The Californians For All Youth Jobs Corps was funded in...

Dems see high court pick as chance to revive 2022 prospects

Jan. 27, 2022 11:19 AM EST

Democrats stung by a series of election year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters hope they will be buoyed by the prospect of President Joe Biden naming the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Justice Stephen Breyer's pending retirement,...

Justice Breyer to retire, giving Biden first court pick

Jan. 26, 2022 22:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, numerous sources said Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden his first high court opening, which he has pledged to fill with the historic naming of the court's first Black woman. Breyer, 83, has...

At least 3 judges eyed as Biden mulls Supreme Court pick

Jan. 26, 2022 22:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is eyeing at least three judges for an expected vacancy on the Supreme Court as he prepares to quickly deliver on his campaign pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the nation’s highest court, according to aides and allies. Biden and...

California Senate aims to limit 'junk science' in courtrooms

Jan. 26, 2022 21:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday moved to deter the use of what a legislator called “junk science” in the courtroom and give those convicted with questionable expert testimony a way out of prison. Senators approved changing the state’s definition of...

Wildfire on California coast near Big Sur is 45% contained

Jan. 25, 2022 22:15 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Shifting winds and increased humidity have helped firefighters make progress against a blaze burning in rugged mountains near California’s Big Sur coast, authorities said. The Colorado Fire was 50% contained on Tuesday, according to the California...

California appears to pass peak of omicron variant wave

Jan. 25, 2022 21:45 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California showed signs it turned the corner on the omicron wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with infection rates falling and hospitalizations well short of the overwhelming deluge officials feared a few weeks ago. Over 15,000 people are hospitalized with...