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Today in History

Sep. 25, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2021. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the...

The Latest: Washington state to give Pfizer boosters to some

Sep. 24, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups. State health...

Texas law limits medication abortions as near-ban remains

Sep. 24, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday lauded another new abortion law that tightens limits on abortion-inducing medications, creating an additional layer of restrictions after a near-total ban on abortion in the state began this month. The new...

Colorado congressional map work to continue through weekend

Sep. 24, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Members of Colorado's independent congressional redistricting committee suggested several changes Friday to the latest draft map with a Tuesday deadline to submit a plan to the state Supreme Court for approval. Suggestions by individual commissioners were...

Chief justice says ruling guts access to police records

Sep. 24, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a sheriff’s office did not have to turn over records about a fatal shooting by a deputy, a ruling that broadly interpreted an exemption for investigative records and prompted a sharply worded dissent by the court's...

Government: Dylann Roof's death sentence should stand

Sep. 24, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

Attorneys for the federal government have opposed Dylann Roof's request for a new appellate hearing, arguing that the South Carolina man was properly convicted and sentenced for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black congregation. In court documents filed...

Congress, court pressure New York City to fix jails crisis

Sep. 24, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City faced mounting pressure Friday to solve its spiraling jail crisis, with members of Congress calling for a federal civil rights investigation and a court-appointed monitor blasting the city for a failure of leadership amid staggering violence, self-harm and the...

Ex-school counselor gets new trial on charges of raping boy

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former central Kansas middle school counselor convicted of raping a student will get a new trial to consider her arguments that the then-13-year-old boy forced her to have sex the first time and blackmailed her into continuing. The Kansas Supreme...

Judge dismisses execution lawsuit, reprimands AG's office

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday paved the way for Alabama to proceed with a lethal injection next month, but also reprimanded the state attorney general’s office for giving false information to the court during the litigation centered on forms given to death row inmates...

GOP's Ohio legislative maps hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 days

Sep. 24, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s newly drawn legislative district maps were hit Friday with the second lawsuit in two days that alleges Republican gerrymandering that violated the state constitution. The lawsuit, filed in the Ohio Supreme Court by the National Democratic...