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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Billy Joe Wardlow. Wardlow is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, July 8, 2020. A five-month delay in executions in Texas due to the coronavirus pandemic is set to come to an end with the scheduled lethal injection of Wardlow, condemned for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas set to resume executions after delay during pandemic

Jul. 7, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas death row inmate condemned for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday, as the nation’s busiest death penalty state prepared to resume executions following a five-month delay during the coronavirus...

FILE - This Nov. 30, 2018, file photo shows Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, as he sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Roberts spent the night in the hospital in June 2020 after he fell and injured his forehead, a Supreme Court spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday, July 7. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Chief Justice Roberts recently spent a night in a hospital

Jul. 7, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts spent a night in a hospital last month after he fell and injured his forehead, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Tuesday night. Roberts was walking for exercise near his home June 21 when he fell, court spokeswoman Kathleen L. Arberg said in an emailed statement....

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1991, file photo, Pamela Talkin, right, Clarence Thomas' former chief of staff at the EEOC, addresses a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington. The Supreme Court said Tuesday, July 7, 2020, that Talkin, the first-ever women to hold two prominent positions at the court, handling the justices' security and overseeing publication of the court's decisions, are retiring. (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)

2 female firsts at the Supreme Court announce retirements

Jul. 7, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that the first-ever women to hold two prominent positions at the court, handling the justices' security and overseeing publication of the court's decisions, are retiring. Pamela Talkin's most public role in nearly two decades as the court's marshal has been...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2019 file photo, Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference at the Popular Will party headquarters, backdropped by a banner featuring party founder and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court ordered the takeover of Popular Will Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the latest in a series of moves against President Nicolas Maduro’s critics before upcoming legislative elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Venezuela high court orders takeover of Guaidó's party

Jul. 7, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the takeover of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's political party, the latest in a series of moves against President Nicolás Maduro’s critics ahead of upcoming legislative elections. The decision...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management is the proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline where it crosses into the United States from Canada in Phillips County, Mont. The U.S. Supreme Court has handed another blow to the disputed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key permit for the project. However, the order Monday, July 6, 2020, also put on hold the lower court ruling as it pertains to other oil and gas pipelines across the nation. The Trump administration had argued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit program that has been in the place since the 1970s was functioning properly when it was canceled by a Montana judge in April. (Al Nash/Bureau of Land Management via AP, File)

US Supreme Court deals blow to Keystone oil pipeline project

Jul. 6, 2020 9:56 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court handed another setback to the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada on Monday by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key environmental permit for the project. Canadian company TC Energy needs the permit to continue building the...

Appeals court deals 2nd blow to Trump asylum policy

Jul. 6, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday blocked a key U.S. policy to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country without first seeking protection there, dealing it a second blow in less than a week. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has no immediate impact because a...

A police officer walks outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors' votes

Jul. 6, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a decision flavored with references to “Hamilton” and “Veep,” the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, in cases in...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban

Jul. 6, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, only arose after Congress in 2015 created an exception in the law that allowed the automated calls for collection of government debt. ...

Supreme Court rules states can require presidential electors to back popular vote winner

Jul. 6, 2020 10:12 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court rules states can require presidential electors to back popular vote winner.
FILE - This Feb. 8, 2018, file photo shows a sign along a highway to protests the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va. The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced Sunday, July 5, 2020, that they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project, citing delays and increasing cost uncertainty. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Developers cancel long-delayed, $8B Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Jul. 5, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The developers of the long-delayed, $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced the cancellation of the multi-state natural gas project Sunday, citing uncertainties about costs, permitting and litigation. Despite a victory last month at the United States Supreme Court over a critical...