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UK govt insists suspension of Parliament was not illegal

Sep. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government was back at the country's Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament just weeks before the country is set to leave the European Union was neither improper nor illegal. It's the second day of a historic...

The Latest: Denmark warns of no-deal Brexit consequences

Sep. 18, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The Danish government says the risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal "will have serious consequences for the U.K., but also for Denmark and the rest of the EU." Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofoed says a...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

Sep. 18, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted...

Nepal's sexual minorities say progress in rights has stalled

Sep. 18, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a "non-male, non-female" category. But same-sex couples...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

Sep. 18, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted...

US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Journalists are entitled to hear and not just see the entire process of executing condemned inmates in Arizona, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that criticized Arizona's "checkered past with executions." In the case stemming from what a lawyer called a botched execution, the...

Judge refuses to free extremists who attacked protesters

Sep. 17, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to free members of a white supremacist group on bond while they appeal their convictions for attacking protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled that Rise Above Movement members Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen...

Convicts in 'Bridgegate' asking Supreme Court to toss case

Sep. 17, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Onetime allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are making their case to the U.S. Supreme Court on why their convictions in the so-called Bridgegate case should be thrown out. In a brief being filed Tuesday, Bill Baroni's attorneys cite the overturned conviction of former...

Donor disclosure law dangerous, Koch think tank tells judge

Sep. 17, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new law requiring some political groups to disclose their donors is a "monstrosity" that could ruin organizations, lawyers for the conservative think tank founded by the Koch brothers told a federal judge Tuesday. But the state argued the June law is aimed at uncovering...

Comedian Baron Cohen asks judge to dismiss Roy Moore lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen asked a federal judge to dismiss Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit over a television segment that lampooned Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. Lawyers for Baron Cohen, Showtime Networks and CBS wrote last week in a joint court filing that...