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Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions

Jul. 20, 2021 22:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions in the state while she hears a challenge to its constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 16, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ DNC...

Kentucky contracts with Baptist-affiliated children's agency

Jul. 15, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reached a contract deal Thursday to continue placing youngsters with a Baptist-affiliated children’s agency, coming after the Democratic governor's administration removed LGBTQ anti-discrimination language that the agency steadfastly refused to sign. ...

McGirt forum shut down early due to backlash from audience

Jul. 14, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt was forced to end a forum early after he and a panel of district attorneys were berated as they sought to explain the position prosecutors are taking on the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision. Stitt ended the “McGirt v...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jul. 07, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 4 The Philadelphia Inquirer on America’s founders and the right to debate critical race theory: As we celebrate this July Fourth while still tentatively...

Supreme Court rules against inmate in death penalty case

Jul. 03, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against an Alabama inmate whose lawyers argued that his trial counsel should have done more to try to show he is intellectually disabled and therefore he should be spared a death sentence. In an unsigned 6-3...

Justices turn away florist who refused same-sex wedding job

Jul. 02, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding, leaving in place a decision that she broke state anti-discrimination laws. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil...

Voting rights ruling increases pressure on Democrats to act

Jul. 02, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are facing renewed pressure to pass legislation that would protect voting rights after a Supreme Court ruling made it harder to challenge Republican efforts to limit ballot access in many states. The 6-3 ruling Thursday on a...

Unusually agreeable justices end term with conservative wins

Jul. 02, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusually agreeable Supreme Court term ended with conservative-driven decisions on voting rights and charitable-donor disclosures that offered a glimpse of what the coming years of the right's dominance could look like for the nation's highest court. ...

Conservative high court upholds state voting restrictions

Jul. 01, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing its new strength, the Supreme Court's conservative majority on Thursday cut back on a landmark voting rights law in a decision likely to help Republican states fight challenges to voting restrictions they’ve put in place following last year’s elections. ...