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Anita Hill, Bob Woodward honored at annual PEN American gala

May. 22, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The featured speakers at the annual benefit gala for PEN America shared stories about truth and the determination to learn it. Hundreds gathered Tuesday night at the American Museum of Natural History as the literary and human rights organization presented awards to Anita Hill and Bob...

The Latest: Police shooting suspect appears in court

May. 21, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Sunday killing of an Alabama police officer (all times local): 2:23 p.m. A man charged with killing one Alabama police officer and wounding two others has made his initial court appearance. Grady Wayne Wilkes was denied bond during a hearing Tuesday in Opelika. He was...

Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for records

May. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a "crazy" decision that his lawyers would appeal. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta...

US Sen. Edward Markey faces Democratic primary challenger

May. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing a challenger in next year's Democratic primary in Massachusetts. Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers' rights lawyer, announced her intention Monday to challenge the one-term senator for the Democratic nomination. Liss-Riordan made the announcement in a video and...

Judge won't kick decision in Smollett case to another judge

May. 17, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has rejected a request to have a judge outside Chicago consider whether to appoint a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case. Judge Michael Toomin said Friday he's not swayed by claims that it would be a conflict for Cook County judges to make the decision. Sheila O'Brien, a...

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

May. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the Iowa State...

Senate confirms abortion opponent as US judge in Louisiana

May. 16, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Louisiana lawyer Wendy Vitter as a federal judge Thursday, overcoming opposition from Democrats who criticized her anti-abortion stance and accused her of trying to hide her record on the issue. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to oppose Vitter's...

Gillibrand travels to Georgia to criticize new abortion laws

May. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says that, as president, she'd seek to write into law the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling that legalized abortion. During a rally at Georgia's state Capitol on Thursday, the New York senator criticized recent abortion bans signed into...

Court orders ex-Belgian king to give DNA or faces fines

May. 16, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian appeals court has ruled that King Albert II, the country's former monarch, must pay 5,000 euros ($5,593) for each day that he refuses to provide DNA in a case brought by a woman who claims to be his love child. The Brussels court on Thursday ordered the 84-year-old to attend an...

The Latest: Kamala Harris open to reforming Supreme Court

May. 15, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates and abortion (all times local): 1 p.m. Kamala Harris says she is "open" to a debate over reforming the Supreme Court. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate and California senator said she'd...