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Revised ‘Dreamers’ program to get another review by court

Oct. 05, 2022 23:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered a lower court review of Biden administration revisions to a program preventing the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought into the United States as children. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said...

New Mexico governor seeks FBI reinforcements amid crime

Oct. 05, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic governor of New Mexico has asked the federal Department of Justice to assign more FBI agents to the state in response to violent crime. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday in a statement that she wants to replicate the success of a recent...

GOP optimistic about Senate chances despite Walker turmoil

Oct. 05, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leading Republicans are entering the final month of the midterm campaign increasingly optimistic that a Senate majority is within reach even as a dramatic family fight in Georgia clouds one of the party's biggest pickup opportunities. And as some Democrats crow on...

Trump asks Supreme Court to intervene in Mar-a-Lago dispute

Oct. 04, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for former President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to step into the legal fight over the classified documents seized during an FBI search of his Florida estate, escalating a dispute over the powers of an independent arbiter appointed to inspect the...

Walker report puts abortion back at center of Georgia race

Oct. 04, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In Georgia’s pivotal U.S. Senate race, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, Herschel Walker, have each been laboring to cast the other as an extremist on abortion while deflecting questions about the finer points of their own positions. ...

Gayl Jones, Tommie Smith among National Book Award finalists

Oct. 04, 2022 16:55 PM 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...

Revival sought for pastor's lawsuit over COVID restrictions

Oct. 04, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An outspoken Christian conservative attorney from Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to revive a Louisiana pastor’s damage claims against state officials over long-expired COVID-19 restrictions. A federal judge this year dismissed minister Tony...

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...