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LGBT advocates fear Kavanaugh's votes on gay-rights issues

Jul. 19, 2018 5:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay-rights supporters who thronged the Supreme Court plaza after justices declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right expect to have little to celebrate if Brett Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of all the court's major gay-rights rulings. None of Kavanaugh's...

More claims mean NFL concussion payout could jump by $400M

Jul. 18, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers representing former NFL players estimated Wednesday that payouts from the concussion settlement with the league will top $1.4 billion, a $400 million jump because of thousands more players filing claims. The number of players who filed to be a part of the settlement is outpacing...

The Latest: NFL concussion payouts expected to grow

Jul. 18, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the NFL concussion settlement (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Lawyers representing former NFL players in their concussion claims estimate payouts from the settlement with the league will likely reach $1.4 billion. The lawyers filed a status update Wednesday saying an actuary...

Democrats fault Kavanaugh comment on independent counsel law

Jul. 18, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination are seizing on remarks he made in 2016 saying he would like to put the "final nail" in a Supreme Court precedent upholding an independent counsel law as constitutional. Republicans are pushing back, saying Kavanaugh's...

Trump to address VFW convention next Tuesday in Kansas City

Jul. 18, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to deliver his first address as president to the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump will head to Kansas City on Tuesday to address the gathering. Trump has made care for...

AP Sources: Charlotte poised to host 2020 GOP convention

Jul. 18, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charlotte, North Carolina, is poised to host the Republican Party's 2020 presidential nominating convention. The national GOP's site selection committee voted behind closed doors Wednesday to recommend Charlotte, according to Republican officials with direct knowledge of the vote who...

Man accused of killing 2 appointed high-priced attorney

Jul. 18, 2018 1:56 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a Florida police officer has been appointed the high-priced attorney he asked for last year. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a judge assigned Miami attorney Terry Lenamon as Markeith Loyd's lead attorney Tuesday. His previous...

The Latest: Roby thanks Trump after Ala. runoff victory

Jul. 17, 2018 10:33 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama runoff election (all times local): 9:20 p.m. After cruising to a victory in Alabama's Republican runoff on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby says she is ready to continue the fight for "conservative momentum" in Washington, D.C. Roby says she was humbled by...

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh takes in All-Star Game

Jul. 17, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, attended Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Washington. The District of Columbia appellate court judge is an avid baseball fan and a Washington Nationals season ticket-holder. Kavanaugh was taking in the game from above first...

Senate GOP, Dems fight over Kavanaugh confirmation documents

Jul. 17, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate battle was brewing Tuesday over Democrats' requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's career, with his time in President George W. Bush's White House emerging as a potential focal point of that fight. No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn told...