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Mothers pass torch to daughters in abortion's forever war

May. 24, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They are mothers, they are daughters, they are comrades. Generations of women came together for a Manhattan protest against the U.S. Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. There were women who have been fighting for nearly a half century to...

Search for Supreme Court leaker falls to former Army colonel

May. 24, 2022 00:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Gail Curley began her job as Marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court less than a year ago, she would have expected to work mostly behind the scenes: overseeing the court's police force and the operations of the marble-columned building where the justices work. Her...

Abortion access a focus of Cuellar, Cisneros runoff in Texas

May. 23, 2022 23:41 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, one of the only anti-abortion Democrats remaining in Congress, faced the toughest reelection fight of his career Tuesday in a primary runoff against progressive Jessica Cisneros that could offer clues over how much abortion rights could animate...

California aims to shield against Texas-style abortion laws

May. 23, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Monday voted to stop courts in Texas and other states from penalizing abortion providers and volunteers in California, part of Democrats' plan to make the state a sanctuary for women seeking reproductive care should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe...

Sale of long-lost 'Wizard of Oz' dress put on hold by judge

May. 23, 2022 20:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The dramatic story of an iconic movie costume from “The Wizard of Oz” thought lost for decades went through another plot twist Monday, when a judge blocked its planned sale at auction. One of the blue-and-white checked gingham dresses that Judy Garland wore in...

Former London, Miami art dealer gets 7 years for fraud

May. 23, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former London and Miami art dealer who pleaded guilty to defrauding art buyers and others of over $86 million was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. Inigo Philbrick, 34, a U.S. citizen who previously lived in London, was sentenced in Manhattan federal...

Planned Parenthood to step in if North Dakota clinic closes

May. 23, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Planned Parenthood said Monday it will offer abortion services at its clinic in Moorhead, Minnesota, if North Dakota's only abortion clinic does not quickly relocate from Fargo should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood said it...

Supreme Court rules against inmates in right-to-counsel case

May. 23, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled along ideological lines Monday against two Arizona death row inmates who had argued that their lawyers did a poor job representing them in state court. The ruling will make it harder for certain inmates sentenced to death or long terms in prison who...

Poland's divisive disciplinary body restores judge to work

May. 23, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s controversial disciplinary chamber for the country's top court on Monday changed its own previous ruling and ordered an outspoken judge reinstated to work. The decision comes as Poland’s leaders are debating abolishing the Disciplinary Chamber of...

Appeals court: Florida law on social media unconstitutional

May. 23, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dealing a major victory to companies who had been accused by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis of...