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High court upholds precedents on deference to agencies

Jun. 26, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a conservative push to limit the power of federal agencies. The high court declined to overrule two past cases that had been criticized by conservatives as giving unelected officials vast lawmaking power. But the way the justices clarified the older...

Census, redistricting top remaining Supreme Court cases

Jun. 23, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court enters its final week of decisions with two politically charged issues unresolved, whether to rein in political line-drawing for partisan gain and allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Both decisions could affect the distribution of political power for the...

Justices: Landowner can take property case to federal court

Jun. 21, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Friday to allow people to sue in federal court when they believe states and local governments have harmed their property rights, handing a victory to a Pennsylvania woman fighting her town over a cemetery ordinance. The high court ruled 5-4 along ideological lines...

Alito suggests chance to rein in federal agency power

Jun. 21, 2019 1:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With one sentence Thursday, Justice Samuel Alito signaled his willingness to throw out the Supreme Court's 84-year-old record of support for the broad powers of federal agencies, which reaches back to the New Deal. Alito's comments and a dissenting opinion from another three conservative...

High court lets Virginia voting go ahead under redrawn map

Jun. 17, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats as a result of a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The political boundaries are important because Republicans currently control the House by a slim majority. Only four...

Supreme Court sides with Virginia in uranium mining ban case

Jun. 17, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with the state of Virginia on Monday, finding nothing improper about its decades-old ban on mining radioactive uranium. The owners of a massive deposit of radioactive uranium, the largest known in the United States, challenged that ban, which has prevented them...

2020 candidate Kamala Harris targets state abortion bans

May. 28, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Tuesday that if she won the White House, she would require states seeking to restrict abortion laws to first obtain federal approval. The senator from California said she would back legislation requiring states with a history of restricting abortion rights to...

Lonnie Bunch to become new Smithsonian Institution leader

May. 28, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Lonnie Bunch started working on the Smithsonian's first black museum, he had no collection, no building and one employee. The Smithsonian Institution rewarded the founding director of the wildly popular museum on Tuesday by putting him in charge of all 19 of its museums, making Bunch...

Supreme Court rules against Alaska man in free speech case

May. 28, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against an Alaska resident in a case that gives law enforcement officers significant protection from people who want to sue and claim they were arrested in retaliation for something they said or wrote. In an opinion , the justices said that because the...

Supreme Court sends dispute over Fosamax back to lower court

May. 20, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that a judge must decide whether a dispute between drugmaker Merck and patients who alleged they were injured by its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax can go forward. All nine justices agreed that the case should go back to a lower court for further...