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Joe Biden's challenge: Winning over progressives

Mar. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political...

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

Mar. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. for days leading up to last fall's midterm elections. Cesar Sayoc, 57, shackled at...

Judge delays sentencing in Chicago bomb plot

Mar. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has delayed sentencing a man who is accused of plotting to bomb a Chicago bar after lawyers said the government withheld evidence that would have helped his defense. Adel Daoud's lawyers say transcripts of phone calls show the case against the man was a "set-up." The calls, which...

Mississippi governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion law

Mar. 21, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Bryant's action came despite a federal judge's ruling last year that...

Court reverses nearly $1.5M oil spill award to ex-NBA star

Mar. 21, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NBA star David West is not entitled to a nearly $1.5 million award stemming from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court has ruled. Court records show West submitted a claim under the terms of a settlement BP entered after the spill to avoid prolonged...

Illinois bank robber, 82, gets jail, home confinement

Mar. 21, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — An 82-year-old man who says he was desperate when he robbed an Illinois bank has been sentenced to 10 weekends in jail. Federal Judge Phil Gilbert told Arthur Bays that he's never seen a criminal as old as him. He says he struggled with a sentence Thursday. Bays had a toy gun in his...

The Latest: Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

Mar. 21, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a Florida man charged with mailing explosives to critics of President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:43 p.m. A Florida man has pleaded guilty to sending a wave of pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump. Cesar Sayoc entered the plea Thursday before...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

The Latest: Planned Parenthood criticizes abortion law

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the signing of (all times local): 3 p.m. A physician who is president of Planned Parenthood of America is criticizing a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Dr. Leana Wen says the law "will...