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Gayl Jones, Tommie Smith among National Book Award finalists

Oct. 04, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gayl Jones' “The Birdcatcher,” a short, lyrical novel about a writer's trip to Ibiza and the gifted, unstable couple she stays with, is a National Book Award finalist for fiction. The nonprofit National Book Foundation announced Tuesday five finalists in each...

Louisiana state GOP Rep. Stefanski announces bid for AG

Oct. 03, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana state Rep. John Stefanski, a Republican, announced his 2023 bid for Attorney General on Monday. Stefanski chairs the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, which was recently at the center of a contentious redistricting battle. The Crowley lawmaker...

Another court mulls Biden vaccine mandate for US contractors

Oct. 03, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday became the latest to hear arguments on whether President Joe Biden overstepped his authority with an order that federal contractors require that their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. The contractor...

Election officials brace for confrontational poll watchers

Oct. 02, 2022 07:56 AM EDT

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The situation with the poll watcher had gotten so bad that Anne Risku, the election director in North Carolina's Wayne County, had to intervene via speakerphone. “You need to back off!” Risku recalled hollering after the woman wedged herself between a...

Nobel season is here: 5 things to know about the prizes

Oct. 02, 2022 02:35 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The beginning of October means Nobel Prize season. Six days, six prizes, new faces from around the globe added to the world's most elite roster of scientists, writers, economists and human rights leaders. This year’s Nobel season kicks off Monday with...

Supreme Court poised to keep marching to right in new term

Oct. 01, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With public confidence diminished and justices sparring openly over the institution's legitimacy, the Supreme Court on Monday will begin a new term that could push American law to the right on issues of race, voting and the environment. Following June's momentous...

1st debate highlights stakes in New Mexico race for governor

Oct. 01, 2022 00:33 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican nominee for governor Mark Ronchetti sounded a rallying cry for residents who are dissatisfied with crime and public education in a live-broadcast debate Friday, while incumbent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vowed to protect abortion access and defended her response...

Justice Jackson says she has 'a seat at the table'

Sep. 30, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson said Friday she has “a seat at the table now and I’m ready to work,” leaning into her history-making role as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. Jackson spoke at the Library of Congress several hours after she made her...

Abortion ruling intensifies fight over state supreme courts

Sep. 30, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

Surrounded by states with abortion bans that took effect after Roe v. Wade fell, Illinois is one of the few places where the procedure remains legal in the Midwest. Abortion-rights supporters are worried that might not last. Their concern is shared in at least a half-dozen states,...

Indian opposition party seeks to shed dynastic rule image

Sep. 30, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s main opposition party, the Indian National Congress, is set to choose a person who is not a member of its dominant Nehru-Gandhi family as its next president as it struggles to recover before key upcoming elections. Although the party has been led...