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Census, redistricting decisions due on high court's last day

Jun. 27, 2019 1:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two issues that could determine the distribution of political power for the next decade await resolution on the Supreme Court's final day of decisions before a long summer break. Chief Justice John Roberts could well be the author of decisions on both politically charged topics Thursday,...

Kansas abortion ruling prompts new attack on death penalty

Jun. 26, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue that the abortion decision means the state's courts can...

Moldova's Constitutional Court judges resign

Jun. 26, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — All six judges at Moldova's Constitutional Court, whose decisions have fueled a deep political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic, have resigned. The court said in a statement Wednesday that the judges stepped down and "the competent authorities will be notified in order to appoint...

Special prosecutor requested in South Bend police shooting

Jun. 24, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A special prosecutor was requested Monday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in a case that has inflamed tensions between the black community and law enforcement and roiled the Democratic presidential campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg. St....

Buttigieg criticized at emotional town hall after shooting

Jun. 24, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced criticism Sunday from angry residents of South Bend, Indiana, at an emotional town hall meeting a week after a white police officer fatally shot a black man in the city where he is mayor. Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) said he would...

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...

2020 Democrats strongly defend abortion rights at forum

Jun. 22, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty Democratic presidential candidates attending a Planned Parenthood forum on Saturday vowed to defend abortion rights under nearly any circumstance while largely ignoring nuances around the issue that have already roiled their party heading into the 2020 election. The event...

Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe

Jun. 21, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in...

Judge appoints special prosecutor to investigate Chicago prosecutor's decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett

Jun. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Judge appoints special prosecutor to investigate Chicago prosecutor's decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett.

Today in History

Jun. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2019. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 11:54 a.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On June 21, 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were slain in Philadelphia, Mississippi;...