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Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election 'investigation'

Sep. 17, 2021 20:17 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. ...

Judge who said men are 'in control' suspended for 1 month

Sep. 17, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge who suggested to a domestic violence suspect that men are “in control” has been suspended without pay two years after he made the comments. The state Supreme Court announced Friday it adopted the recommendation of a panel on...

Judge: Gov. Lee's mask opt-out can endanger disabled kids

Sep. 17, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements in Shelby County, saying Friday that evidence shows Lee's order prevents children with health problems from safely going to school during the...

Ivey to call special session on prison construction

Sep. 17, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is calling lawmakers into special session later this month to vote on a prison construction plan that would use part of the state's virus relief funds to jumpstart the building of three new lock-ups. In a letter to...

Federal court rejects Idaho pollution permit for dairies

Sep. 17, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal circuit court has rejected a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statewide Idaho permit involving pollution into waterways from large dairy farms. But the ruling appears to have limited immediate ramifications for the state’s $3 billion...

The Latest: Child among latest COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana

Sep. 17, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A child is among the latest to die from COVID-19 in Louisiana, state health officials said Friday. Heath department figures showed the state death toll from the illness grew by 52. One of the victims was a child between the ages of 5 and 11. ...

St. Louis woman after eviction: 'I have no idea' what to do

Sep. 17, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The knock on the door that Kristen Bigogno has long dreaded finally arrived Friday — two St. Louis deputies came to evict her, joined by a couple of other men there to change the locks on the apartment. The eviction was months in the making, yet it...

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...

Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking removal of DNR chairman

Sep. 17, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Friday rejected a lawsuit seeking to remove the state Department of Natural Resources policy board’s leader from his post even though his term has ended. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled against Democratic...

Woman gets probation for 'minimal' role in Capitol riot

Sep. 17, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge who sentenced a California architect on Friday to probation for her role in the Capitol riot stressed that the Jan. 6 insurrection “represented a threat to democracy" and continues to resonate “in sad and unfortunate ways.” ...