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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. A divided Supreme Court on Friday, May 29, 2020, rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Roberts joined the court's four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP, File)

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

May. 30, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John...

Louis Sheldon, anti-gay Christian group founder, dies at 85

May. 29, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, who founded the Traditional Values Coalition, a lobbying group that was largely known for opposing homosexuality and gay rights, died Friday. He was 85. Sheldon, a former Anaheim resident, died in Southern California of a longstanding condition, son-in-law...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden rides in a car after appearing on ABC's

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 29, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Video appears to show presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan court as jury deliberations continue in his rape trial in New York. Los Angeles prosecutors say they have charged Weinstein with an additional count of felony sexual battery by restraint. The district attorney’s office says Friday the charge was filed over allegations that the former movie mogul sexually assaulted a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Weinstein raped me in 1994 at age 17, woman says in lawsuit

May. 29, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 17 is among four plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against the imprisoned movie mogul, the latest court action accusing him of decades of vile sexual behavior. The woman, now 43, alleges Weinstein forced her to disrobe, demanded she...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, an employee checks a visitor outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.  A doctor who performed a court-authorized inspection of the federal detention center in Manhattan where financier Jeffrey Epstein died last summer says symptoms indicating an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility were neglected and ignored. Dr. Homer Venters spoke to over a dozen inmates as he toured the Metropolitan Correctional Center earlier this May 2020.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Fed lockup where Epstein died gets harsh coronavirus review

May. 29, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prisoners with COVID-19 symptoms were neglected and ignored as the outbreak rippled through the federal detention center in Manhattan where financier Jeffrey Epstein died last summer, according to a doctor who performed a court-authorized inspection of the facility this month. Social...

FILE - In this July 28, 2009 file photo, Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Roe v. Wade, speaks as she joins other anti-abortion demonstrators inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a 2020 documentary, she admitted she was paid by anti-abortion activists for her inauthentic conversion. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

For abortion foes, Trump's allyship blunts 'Roe' revelation

May. 29, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Norma McCorvey’s admission that her conversion from the face of abortion rights -- as the “Jane Roe” of the historic 1973 Supreme Court case -- to an opponent of the practice came with payments from anti-abortion activists might seem to be a blow to their movement. But...

Supporters are greeted by acting prime minister Albin Kurti during a demonstration, outside the main government buildings, in Pristina, Kosovo, Thursday, May 28, 2020. A few thousands supporters of the governing left-wing Self-Determination Movement party, or Vetevendosje!, held a brief protest against the nomination of a new prime minister from the country’s president. On Thursday they surrounded the main institutions’ buildings respecting social distancing and also wearing masks and hand gloves. They are against the decree issued last month from President Hashim Thaci nominating Avdullah Hoti of the center-right Democratic League of Kosovo, or LDK, to replace Kurti. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo court upholds nomination of new prime minister

May. 29, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president called on political parties Friday to speed up a parliamentary vote on a new government after the Constitutional Court upheld his nomination of a new prime minister. Kosovar President Hashim Thaci last month nominated a politician from the center-right Democratic...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2005, file photo, former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam holds up the original copy of his dismissal letter he received from then Governor-General Sir John Kerr on Nov. 11, 1975, at a book launch in Sydney, Australia. The High Court's majority decision in historian Jenny Hocking’s appeal on Friday, May 29, 2020 overturned lower court rulings that more than 200 letters between the monarch of Britain and Australia and Governor-General Sir John Kerr before he dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s government were personal and might never be made public. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Australian court rules queen's letters can be made public

May. 29, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled on Friday to make public letters between Queen Elizabeth II and her representative that would reveal what knowledge she had, if any, of the dismissal of an Australian government in 1975. The High Court’s 6-1 majority decision in...

Australian jailed for 2007 stabbing free to leave Bulgaria

May. 28, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — An Australian man released after serving 11 years in a Bulgarian prison over a fatal stabbing is free to return home after the country’s highest court refused to send him back to prison. But Jock Palfreeman said on Friday he would be arrested if he attempted to leave Bulgaria...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. PG&E's chief financial officer, Jason Wells, is expected to face questions Thursday, May 28 about the company's plan to nearly double its debt to almost $40 billion to finance its payments to wildfire victims, insurers and government agencies in the second day of the company's bankruptcy trial. Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission will vote on the bankruptcy plan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Regulators approve PG&E bankruptcy plan despite safety fears

May. 28, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators on Thursday unanimously approved Pacific Gas & Electric's $58 billion plan for getting out of a bankruptcy caused by a series of deadly wildfires, despite ongoing worries about the utility's ability to safely operate its crumbling electrical grid. The...