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Stacey Abrams looks to win Black men in bid for Ga. governor

Sep. 30, 2022 00:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams was on stage for an hour with radio and television host Charlamagne tha God and rapper 21 Savage when she faced a question from a skeptical audience member. “A lot of politicians speak about their plan and what they plan to do, but I also...

Jackson set to make Supreme Court debut in brief ceremony

Sep. 30, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is making her first appearance on the Supreme Court bench in a brief courtroom ceremony three days ahead of the start of the high court's new term. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses are expected...

Trump records probe: Tensions flare over special master

Sep. 29, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The parallel special master process spawned by the FBI search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate has slowed the Justice Department's criminal investigation and exposed simmering tensions between department prosecutors and lawyers for the former president. As the...

NJ Senate confirms Platkin to be attorney general

Sep. 29, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democrat-led Senate on Thursday confirmed Gov. Phil Murphy's former chief counsel to be the state's attorney general. Attorney General Matt Platkin had been serving as the state's acting top law enforcement official since earlier this year when...

Kuwait holds second election in two years amid gridlock

Sep. 29, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Voters in Kuwait returned to the polls on Thursday for the second parliamentary elections in less than two years, hoping to move the wealthy Gulf Arab nation out of a prolonged period of political gridlock. Kuwait has the freest and most active assembly in the...

Biden, Harris to attend Jackson's Supreme Court investiture

Sep. 29, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses will attend the ceremonial investiture for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Supreme Court’s newest member and its first Black female justice, a White House official said. The appearance of...

Tennessee Gov. Lee appoints 2 district criminal court judges

Sep. 29, 2022 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has picked two new judges to serve on district criminal courts. The Republican announced Wednesday that he has appointed Amanda B. Dunn to the 11th Judicial District Criminal Court in Hamilton County and Hector Sanchez to the 6th...

Most High Court judges will be women in Australian first

Sep. 29, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Most judges sitting on Australia’s highest court will be women for the first time in the institution's 121-year history, the attorney-general said on Thursday. Justice Jayne Jagot will fill a High Court vacancy on its seven-judge bench when Justice...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Sep. 28, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 26 The Washington Post on congressional stock-trading It is a long-running scandal that members of Congress are allowed to trade individual stocks. They have access to privileged...

EXPLAINER: Mastriano's plan for Pennsyvlania school choice

Sep. 28, 2022 06:16 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — During his campaign, Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has alluded to proposals that would be a transformative overhaul of the state's more than $30 billion K-12 education system, with public dollars eligible to fund students’ private...