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SD gov: Bar abortion pills, but don't punish women for them

Jun. 26, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Dakota’s Republican governor pledged on Sunday to bar mail-order abortion pills but said women should not face prosecution for seeking them. In apparent defiance of legal guidance by the Justice Department after the Supreme Court last week stripped away...

Alaska Supreme Court ruling keeps Sweeney off House ballot

Jun. 25, 2022 22:43 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Saturday upheld a lower court’s ruling that will keep Republican Tara Sweeney off the ballot for the August special election in Alaska’s U.S. House race. In a brief written order, the high court said it affirmed the decision...

Jury awards $21M to family of pregnant teen shot by police

Jun. 25, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury awarded $21 million to the family of a pregnant teen who was shot and killed by undercover police officers in Northern California five years ago, attorneys said. Elena Mondragon was a passenger in a BMW pulling out of a Hayward apartment...

MS-13 gang members convicted of trafficking 13-year-old girl

Jun. 25, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Seven members and associates of the MS-13 street gang have been convicted of sex trafficking in federal court after taking in a 13-year-old runaway and coercing her into commercial sex acts in Maryland and Virginia. The seven defendants all face a mandatory...

Athletes react to the Supreme Court's abortion decision

Jun. 25, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

U.S. national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe expressed her anger Friday over the Supreme Court's decision to strip the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. “I think the cruelty is the point because...

US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists

Jun. 24, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S....

Whiting man gets 180 years for killing woman, 2 teens in '98

Jun. 24, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Lake County man to 180 years in prison Friday for killing a woman and two teenage boys found bludgeoned to death in 1998 in a house in northwest Indiana. James H. Higgason III, 52, of Whiting, was sentenced to three terms of 60 years...

Alaska judge rules Sweeney won't advance to special election

Jun. 24, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge ruled Friday that Alaska elections officials do not need to put the fifth-place finisher in this month's U.S. House special primary on the upcoming special election ballot in place of a candidate who withdrew. Superior Court Judge William...

Judge makes jury's $10.3M award official in Depp-Heard trial

Jun. 24, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made a jury's award official Friday with a written order for Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million for damaging his reputation by describing herself as a domestic abuse victim in an op-ed piece she wrote. ...

Nebraska Supreme Court denies appeal of death row inmate

Jun. 24, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday denied the postconviction appeal of a death row inmate who said his defense attorney was so inept that his right to a fair trial had been compromised. Roy Ellis Jr., 68, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to...