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Zimbabwe court blocks leader from keeping chief justice on

May. 15, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s High Court on Saturday forced the country’s chief justice to retire, ruling that an extension of his term by the president is illegal. The ruling is a major setback for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose party in May pushed...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against city over COVID regulations

May. 15, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit a fitness gym filed against a Mississippi city claiming the city violated business owners’ rights when it forced non-essential businesses to close to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. ...

Pennsylvania's spring primary: ballot issues, judicial races

May. 15, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Beyond a slew of local races on ballots, Pennsylvania's primary election on Tuesday will determine the future of a governor's authority during disaster declarations and a Republican nominee aiming to keep a state Supreme Court seat in GOP hands. ...

Today in History

May. 15, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 15, the 135th day of 2021. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 15, 1970, just after midnight, Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two...

Belugas finally arrive at Mystic Aquarium after legal battle

May. 14, 2021 22:57 PM EDT

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — Three Beluga whales arrived Friday night at their new home in a Connecticut aquarium after a legal battle to import them and two others from Canada. The whales were flown from Ontario to Connecticut on Friday, secured in special stretchers inside...

Judge won't disqualify Las Vegas DA in Nevada execution case

May. 14, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state court judge said Friday he won't disqualify the district attorney in Las Vegas from handling a bid to set the execution date for a convicted Nevada mass murderer. A defense attorney for condemned inmate Zane Michael Floyd said they will appeal...

Appeals court upholds $25M award in Monsanto cancer case

May. 14, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a $25 million award against agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. in a lawsuit that alleged a California man developed cancer from exposure to its best-selling weed killer, Roundup. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the...

Virus business limits, most mask mandates end in N. Carolina

May. 14, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday immediately ended the state's capacity limits on businesses and nearly all the remaining statewide mask-wearing mandates, returning the state to almost normal operations after 15 months marked by COVID-19 lockdowns and...

VMI gets 1st female commander of Corps of Cadets

May. 14, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Military Institute is getting its first female commander of the Corps of Cadets. Cadet Kasey Meredith took on the role at a change of command parade on Friday. She is the first female regimental commander in VMI’s 182-year history. ...

Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias

May. 14, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of “race-norming” to determine which players are eligible for payouts in the NFL’s $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims, a...