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Reports: Twitter challenges India order to block content

Jul. 05, 2022 13:00 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twitter on Tuesday challenged the Indian government in court over its recent orders to take down some content on the social media platform, media outlets reported. The lawsuit was filed in the Karnataka High Court in southern Bengaluru city and comes after the...

Florida 15-week abortion ban reinstated after legal appeal

Jul. 05, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's new 15-week abortion ban was blocked and then quickly reinstated Tuesday after an appeal from the state attorney general in a lawsuit challenging the restriction. Judge John C. Cooper issued the order temporarily halting the law after reproductive...

Police: Gunman at July 4 parade fired more than 70 rounds, evaded initial capture by blending into fleeing crowd

Jul. 05, 2022 12:47 PM EDT
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Police: Gunman at July 4 parade fired more than 70 rounds, evaded initial capture by blending into fleeing crowd.

Police: Gunman fired more than 70 rounds at July 4 parade

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — The gunman who targeted an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago fired more than 70 rounds and evaded initial capture by blending into the fleeing crowd, police said Tuesday. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. ...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...

Pope prays for victims in US July 4 parade shooting

Jul. 05, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis called Tuesday for a rejection of violence and respect for life as he mourned the dead from the “senseless shooting” during an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago. In a telegram of condolence to Chicago’s archbishop, Francis said he was...

Tenn. judges nix Jewish couple's suit alleging adoption bias

Jul. 05, 2022 12:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A panel of Tennessee judges has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a couple who alleged that a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish. The lawsuit against the state challenged a 2020 law that installed legal...

Germany's CureVac files suit against vaccine rival BioNTech

Jul. 05, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German biotech company CureVac said Tuesday it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against rival BioNTech for work that it says contributed to the development of the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. BioNTech said its work is original and it would “vigorously” contest the...

Judge holds hearing on challenge of Mississippi abortion law

Jul. 05, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge held a hearing Tuesday but didn't say how she would decide a lawsuit filed by Mississippi's only abortion clinic, which is trying to remain open by blocking a law that would ban most abortions in the state. The law — which state lawmakers passed...

Tennessee deputies shoot driver who hit officer with vehicle

Jul. 05, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee sheriff's deputies shot and wounded a driver who hit one of the law enforcement officers with a vehicle, authorities said. The Shelby County Sheriff's deputies encountered the man in a vehicle Monday night while responding to a disturbance call...