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Texas doctor who defied the state's abortion ban is sued

Sep. 20, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law has been sued by two people seeking to test the legality of the state’s near-total ban on the procedure. Former attorneys in Arkansas and Illinois filed lawsuits Monday...

Feds `examining' shooting of Black man by Georgia trooper

Sep. 20, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities said Monday they are looking into the shooting death of a Black man by a Georgia state trooper, who tried to stop the motorist last year over a broken tail light. The family of Julian Lewis have been urging federal investigators...

Wisconsin election investigator warns of subpoenas

Sep. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The retired conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice leading a Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential election released a video Monday threatening to subpoena election officials who don't comply and saying the intent was not to overturn...

EXPLAINER: New charge unlikely for ex-cops in Floyd death

Sep. 20, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court's decision to overturn the third-degree murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer likely won’t change the cases against the three former officers charged in George Floyd’s death. ...

Vermont's chief trial judge to retire, replacement named

Sep. 19, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The chief of Vermont’s trial courts is retiring after 17 years as a judge, including seven as chief superior judge, the state Supreme Court has announced. Chief Judge Brian Grearson will retire Nov. 1. “Vermont’s...

New trial granted for Lyft driver convicted of raping rider

Sep. 19, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A judge has granted a new trial to Mandan Lyft driver whose 2019 conviction for raping a customer was upheld by the North Dakota Supreme Court. South Central District Judge Bobbi Weiler wrote in an order earlier this week that Corey Wickham’s...

Nevada court: Inmate no longer eligible for death penalty

Sep. 18, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada death row inmate convicted in the 1980 robbery-killing of a man for $2 is no longer eligible for capitol punishment and must be resentenced, the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled. The Nevada justices ruled Thursday that a New York court's recent...

Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election 'investigation'

Sep. 17, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate sued Friday evening in a state court to block a Republican-approved subpoena seeking voter information and to put a stop to what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election. ...

North Carolina judges strike down state’s voter ID law

Sep. 17, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power. Two of...

Oklahoma Supreme Court agrees to expedite mask appeal

Sep. 17, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court will expedite an appeal of an injunction limiting a ban on mask mandates in public schools. The court, in an order dated Wednesday, placed the appeal on its fast-track docket, giving Attorney General John O’Connor 20...