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Giuliani faces grand jury in Georgia 2020 election probe

Aug. 17, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Rudy Giuliani faced hours of questioning Wednesday before a special grand jury in Atlanta as a target of an investigation into attempts by former President Donald Trump and others to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia. The former New York mayor and Trump...

Fed panel: Delaware suit against oil industry is state issue

Aug. 17, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit filed by Delaware’s attorney general seeking to hold the petroleum industry responsible for climate change effects in the state must be heard in state court instead of federal court. Wednesday's ruling by a...

Judge reinstates North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban

Aug. 17, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Abortions in North Carolina are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, eroding protections in one of the South’s few remaining safe havens for reproductive freedom. U.S. District Judge William Osteen reinstated an...

A federal judge has reinstated a North Carolina law that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy

Aug. 17, 2022 17:09 PM EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has reinstated a North Carolina law that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties $650M in opioids suit

Aug. 17, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in damages Wednesday to two Ohio counties that won a landmark lawsuit against national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, claiming the way they distributed opioids to customers caused severe harm to communities and...

S.C. court blocks abortion law as Senate considers new one

Aug. 17, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the state's “fetal heartbeat” law banning abortion around six weeks as lawmakers across the street were considering new restrictions. The restrictions, previously blocked by federal courts,...

Judge: Suit by group critical of immigration can proceed

Aug. 17, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A group calling for sharply limiting immigration has scored a legal victory in its federal lawsuit arguing the Biden administration violated environmental law when it halted construction of the U.S. southern border wall and sought to undo other immigration policies by former...

Trump supporters' threats to judge spur democracy concerns

Aug. 17, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of federal judges face the same task every day: review an affidavit submitted by federal agents and approve requests for a search warrant. But for U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the fallout from his decision to approve a search warrant has been far from routine. ...

Court: BIA owes damages for officer impregnating woman

Aug. 17, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs can be held responsible for damages awarded to a Montana woman who became pregnant after an on-duty BIA officer used the threat of criminal charges to coerce her into having sex, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled. The woman,...

Federal judge awards $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued pharmacies over opioid distribution

Aug. 17, 2022 14:11 PM EDT
CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal judge awards $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued pharmacies over opioid distribution.