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Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

Dec. 16, 2018 9:18 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president accused newly reappointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of corrupt leadership in a scathing speech Sunday in which he voiced doubts about their ability to work together and signaled the 2-month political crisis is far from resolved. President...

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

Dec. 16, 2018 12:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and...

'The Notorious RBG' draws sold-out audience in New York

Dec. 15, 2018 11:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unlikely national rock star. But "The Notorious RBG" is now the subject of a second film about her this year — in theaters on Christmas Day. On Saturday evening, the 85-year-old Brooklyn native appeared in person, expressing love...

Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse

Dec. 15, 2018 6:07 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister announced Saturday that he would step aside, paving the way for his sacked predecessor to regain the position and apparently ending a political impasse that has paralyzed the government for nearly two months. Mahinda Rajapaksa's resignation...

Judge in health care case had blocked other Obama policies

Dec. 15, 2018 12:22 AM EST

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, who ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" Friday, is no stranger to the conservative resistance to Obama administration policies. O'Connor, 53, is a former state and federal prosecutor who was nominated to the federal bench in 2007 by President George W. Bush. He has been...

Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka's premier to end crisis

Dec. 14, 2018 10:30 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala...

Federal judge in Texas rules Obama's health care overhaul unconstitutional

Dec. 14, 2018 9:38 PM EST
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Federal judge in Texas rules Obama's health care overhaul unconstitutional.

Trump plan for census citizenship question poised for trial

Dec. 14, 2018 9:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's lawsuit against a Trump administration plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census moved closer to trial after a U.S. judge refused to throw out the challenge Friday. The state had presented enough evidence to support its authority to challenge the plan, and...

AP Explains: Why is Sri Lankan prime minister resigning

Dec. 14, 2018 7:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Supporters say disputed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign in an attempt to end the country's political crisis. The decision Friday came a day after the Supreme Court ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament and...

Judge orders Idaho to give transgender inmate gender surgery

Dec. 14, 2018 6:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men's prison. Barring any appeals, under the ruling Adree Edmo will become the first Idaho inmate to receive...