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Biden rips 'white man's culture,' regrets Anita Hill hearing

Mar. 26, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned "a white man's culture" Tuesday night as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill's credibility nearly three decades ago. Biden, a...

The Latest: High court wary of limiting partisan map drawing

Mar. 26, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overtly partisan (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Supreme Court's conservative majority sounded wary of allowing federal judges to determine when electoral maps are too partisan. That's in spite...

Supreme Court tosses $315 million award in USS Cole lawsuit

Mar. 26, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a nearly $315 million judgment against Sudan stemming from the USS Cole bombing, saying Sudan hadn't properly been notified of the lawsuit. The justices ruled 8-1 that notice of the lawsuit should have been mailed to Sudan's foreign ministry in the...

Dems cry foul as Trump calls for striking down 'Obamacare'

Mar. 26, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and re-ignite a winning political issue for Democrats. The administration, in a terse filing Monday with the court in New Orleans,...

High court questions courts' role in partisan redistricting

Mar. 26, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority sounded wary Tuesday of allowing federal judges to determine when electoral maps are too partisan, despite strong evidence that the political parties drew districts to guarantee congressional election outcomes. The decisions in two cases the...

Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown

Mar. 26, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, setting the stage for a legal showdown. Though the Republican governor said the measure signed late Monday strikes a balance, opponents said it is unconstitutional and promised to sue. The law...

Judge with key role in Kansas' first LGBT marriage to retire

Mar. 26, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge who played a key role in Kansas's first same-sex marriage has announced his retirement. The Kansas Office of Judicial Administration says Johnson County District Judge Kevin Moriarty will retire on June 28. In October 2014, Moriarty ordered the county to issue marriage licenses...

Supreme Court so far won't stop bump stock ban

Mar. 26, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is so far declining to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns. The ban took effect Tuesday. The administration is in the unusual position of arguing against gun rights...

Myanmar Supreme Court agrees to rule on journalists' appeal

Mar. 26, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to rule on an appeal filed by lawyers for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison for their reporting on Myanmar's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo remained in Insein Prison while...

Pakistani court grants bail to ex-PM for medical treatment

Mar. 26, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's supreme court has granted six weeks' bail to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for medical treatment at a domestic hospital. In Tuesday's ruling, the court said Sharif — who has heart-related issues — will not be allowed to leave the country. Disqualified from...