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Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps

Oct. 24, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decade ago, North Carolina Republicans redrew their legislative districts to help their party in a way that a federal court ruled illegally deprived Black voters of their right to political representation. A state court later struck down Republican-drawn maps as based...

To navigate legal quandaries, Biden leans on low-key counsel

Oct. 24, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Election lawsuits multiplying by the day. An obscure federal agency blocking the presidential transition. The very legitimacy of Joe Biden's victory under assault as supporters of Donald Trump riot at the Capitol. Amid all the turmoil, lawyer Dana...

Oklahoma cities, others join in effort to overturn McGirt

Oct. 23, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cities of Tulsa and Owasso, state law enforcement and business groups and the states of Texas, Kansas, Louisiana and Nebraska have filed briefs supporting Oklahoma's request that the U.S. Supreme Court overturn its ruling that some tribal reservations were never...

Judge rules for Tennessee school district's mask mandate

Oct. 23, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district can continue requiring students to wear masks in school after a federal judge on Friday extended a ruling blocking an opt out provision, The Tennessean reported. The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought by the families of...

Indiana's governor asks court to review emergency law ruling

Oct. 23, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor is asking the state's high court to review a judge's ruling that upheld a new law giving legislators more power to intervene during public health emergencies. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday in a statement that he has...

EXPLAINER: Texas abortion law gets Supreme Court arguments

Oct. 22, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday allowed a Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in effect for now. But in an unusual move the justices said they want to hear arguments in the case at the soonest opportunity. Those arguments at the high court on Nov....

Judge: Certain California prison guards must be vaccinated

Oct. 22, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A judge in California ruled Friday that state prison guards who work in and around facilities' health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Kern County Superior Court Judge Bernard Barmann's ruling does not extend to all...

Manslaughter charges dismissed against Park Police officers

Oct. 22, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday tossed out involuntary manslaughter charges against two U.S. Park Police officers who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in northern Virginia four years ago. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton issued an opinion declaring...

Court: Turkish Halkbank to be charged in Iran sanctions case

Oct. 22, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Turkish bank must face criminal charges that it evaded sanctions against Iran by processing billions of dollars of Iranian oil revenue, an appeals court ruled Friday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by U.S. District Judge...

Kentuckians get probation in connection with Capitol riots

Oct. 22, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

A Kentucky couple who pleaded guilty to misdemeanors in connection with the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol were sentenced to five years of probation Friday and fined $5,000 each. Lori Vinson and Roy Vinson of Morganfield were also ordered to perform 120 hours of...