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What to watch in primaries in Colorado, Illinois, elsewhere

Jun. 27, 2022 00:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven states are set to host primary elections Tuesday as the nation comes to terms with last week's stunning Supreme Court ruling eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. This week's nominating contests could offer the first clues as to whether the...

Roe ruling shows complex relationship between court, public

Jun. 27, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruling to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is unpopular with a majority of Americans — but did that matter? The relationship between the public and the judiciary has been studied and debated by legal and political scholars. The short...

Tale of 2 summits: 'America's back' to America's backsliding

Jun. 27, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — One year ago, Joe Biden strode into his first Group of Seven summit as president and confidently told the closest U.S. allies that “America is Back.” Now, many of them are worrying that America is backsliding. As Biden meets this week in the Bavarian Alps...

Today in History: June 27, Thurgood Marshall retires

Jun. 27, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, June 27, the 178th day of 2022. There are 187 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century,...

Stars use BET Awards stage to criticize Roe v. Wade ruling

Jun. 26, 2022 23:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Jazmine Sullivan were some of the big stars using the BET Awards stage to strongly criticize the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strip away women’s constitutional protection for abortion. Henson took the stage as the...

Lynchburg Police investigate vandalism at pregnancy center

Jun. 26, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia are investigating vandalism at a pregnancy center that discourages women from having an abortion. Lynchburg Police on Saturday said the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center was spray painted with graffiti. The words “If abortion ain't safe, you...

After Roe's demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

Jun. 26, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

Praise and lament for the overturning of abortion rights filled sacred spaces this weekend as clergy across the U.S. rearranged worship plans or rewrote sermons to provide their religious context -- and competing messages -- about the historic moment. Abortion is a visceral issue...

Pride parades march on with new urgency across US

Jun. 26, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pride parades kicked off in New York City and around the country Sunday with glittering confetti, cheering crowds, fluttering rainbow flags and newfound fears about losing freedoms won through decades of activism. The annual marches in New York, San Francisco,...

Providers argue Florida's privacy measure protects abortion

Jun. 26, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state court is being asked to block a new Florida law which bans most abortions after 15 weeks just days after a conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority overturned a landmark case that had provided constitutional protections for women seeking abortions for almost 50...

Man held for alleged torch attack during abortion protest

Jun. 26, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police arrested a man they said attacked an officer with a “makeshift flamethrower" or torch during a demonstration against the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Michael Ortiz, 30, was arrested Friday night when he allegedly burned an officer who was...