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Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

Nov. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics — a move supported by opponents of legal abortion, but opposed by advocates who said it affects a variety of non-abortion health services for low-income women....

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a meeting at The Queen theater Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Feds agree to help Biden transition after more Trump defeats

Nov. 23, 2020 8:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of fraught delay, the federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election on Monday and gave the green light for cooperation on a transition of power. The move came after President Donald Trump suffered yet more...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: Los Angeles on brink of another stay-home order

Nov. 23, 2020 7:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — The largest county in the United States is on the brink of a stay-home order after a coronavirus surge surpassed a level set by Los Angeles County public health officials to trigger such an action. A swell of new cases Monday put the county over an average of 4,500 cases per day. Public...

Judge won't lift San Diego County pandemic restrictions

Nov. 23, 2020 5:13 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California judge on Monday denied a request to temporarily restore indoor service at restaurants and gyms in San Diego County that were forced to move operations outside earlier this month to slow the spread of the coronavirus. San Diego Superior Court Judge Kenneth Medel said in his...

Judge rejects GOP bid to delay vote certification in Phoenix

Nov. 23, 2020 4:32 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected the Arizona Republican Party’s bid to postpone the certification of election results in Maricopa County and dismissed the party’s legal challenge that sought a new audit of a sampling of ballots. Judge John Hannah issued the ruling Thursday with little...

Health care fraud trial: Doctor acquitted on 7 of 8 counts

Nov. 23, 2020 3:33 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi doctor has been acquitted on seven of eight counts against him in what prosecutors said was about $18 million in health care fraud involving expensive prescription pain cream. His secretary was acquitted on all five counts against her. Jurors were unable to agree on the...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, photo, a canvas observer photographs Lehigh County provisional ballots as vote counting in the general election continues in Allentown, Pa. President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a number of lawsuits across six battleground states this month as he tried to upend the 2020 election. Judges uniformly rejected his claims of vote fraud. The latest case ended Saturday, Nov. 21, when a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani presented only ‘speculative accusations’ that brought to mind ‘Frankenstein’s Monster.'  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none

Nov. 22, 2020 7:52 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As they frantically searched for ways to salvage President Donald Trump's failed reelection bid, his campaign pursued a dizzying game of legal hopscotch across six states that centered on the biggest prize of all: Pennsylvania. The strategy may have played well in front of television...

Judge denies bid to quash statements in 2019 slayings of 4

Nov. 22, 2020 11:27 AM EST

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A judge has denied a defense motion to suppress statements made by a man later charged in the shooting deaths of four members of his family, including his wife, in their Ohio apartment last year. Attorneys for Gurpreet Singh, 38, had argued that his constitutional rights were...

A statue of soldier carries balance, symbol of justice, is seen outside the military court in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. A year after anti-government protests roiled Lebanon, dozens of protesters are being tried before military courts that human rights lawyers say grossly violate due process and fail to investigate allegations of torture and abuse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

Nov. 22, 2020 2:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Khaldoun Jaber was taking part in an anti-government protest near the presidential palace outside Beirut last November when several Lebanese intelligence officers in plainclothes approached and forcibly took him away. The demonstration was part of a wave of protests sweeping Lebanon against...

The United States Courthouse is seen, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Williamsport, Pa. A hearing on the Trump campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track for Tuesday at the courthouse after a judge quickly denied the campaign's new lawyer's request for a delay. (AP Photo/Mark Scolforo)

In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.

Nov. 21, 2020 9:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge issued a scathing order Saturday dismissing the Trump campaign's futile effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots. The case was always a long shot to stop President-elect Joe...