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Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

Apr. 09, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has ordered a study on overhauling the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission Friday that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for justices, among other...

Letter: Prison shouldn't shackle women who just had babies

Apr. 09, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Women at a Georgia prison who have given birth just days or weeks earlier are improperly and inhumanely shackled and placed in solitary confinement, while those in medical isolation for COVID-19 endure substandard conditions, according to an advocacy group. ...

Pence launches group as Trump officials line up new roles

Apr. 07, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence launched a new advocacy group on Wednesday as he and other Trump officials look to boost their post-White House plans. Pence's Advancing American Freedom, which could serve as a springboard for his own presidential...

Appeals Court sides against businesses in virus-related case

Apr. 07, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court ruling clears the way for names of businesses that have had outbreaks of COVID-19 can be made public, but the decision is expected to be appealed to the state Supreme Court before any information is released. The ruling...

Vegas water agency asks lawmakers to ban ornamental grass

Apr. 06, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas water officials want state lawmakers to require the removal of thirsty grass landscaping that isn’t used for recreation. Southern Nevada Water Authority lobbyist Andy Belanger told lawmakers Monday that climate change and growth in...

EXPLAINER: What Biden's new $100B plan for broadband means

Apr. 03, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

The problems with U.S. broadband networks have been obvious for years. Service costs more than in many other rich nations, it still doesn't reach tens of millions of Americans and the companies that provide it don't face much competition. Now the Biden administration is...

Young professionals cut ahead of older Italians for vaccine

Apr. 03, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Octogenarians in Tuscany watched in disbelief and indignation as lawyers, magistrates, professors and other younger professionals got vaccinated against COVID-19 before them, despite government pledges of prioritizing Italy’s oldest citizens. Even some of their adult children...

New Mexico group offers $10K reward in case of dead horses

Apr. 02, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

CLOUDCROFT, N.M. (AP) — An animal advocacy group is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the deaths of five horses found in southern New Mexico. Animal Protection New Mexico announced Friday that the...

Judge dismisses environmentalists' Gross Reservoir lawsuit

Apr. 02, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2018 by a coalition of environmental advocacy groups challenging a permit for the expansion of Gross Reservoir in western Boulder County. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver claims the...

Big effort aims to elect candidates with science backgrounds

Apr. 02, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An advocacy group plans to spend millions next year to elect more doctors, scientists and other professionals to office, arguing the pandemic and Donald Trump's handling of it have powerfully underscored a need to bring people with scientific backgrounds into...