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Appeals arguments set on immigrants brought to US as kids

Jul. 06, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Immigrant advocates head to a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Wednesday in hopes of saving an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of people brought into the U.S. as children. A federal judge in Texas last year declared the...

Judges keeping Capitol riot trials in DC amid bias claims

Jul. 06, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For some of the Washington, D.C., residents who reported for jury duty last month, a pro-Trump mob's assault on the U.S. Capitol felt like a personal attack. Ahead of a trial for a Michigan man charged in the riot, one prospective juror said a police officer...

Caribbean court finds anti-sodomy law unconstitutional

Jul. 05, 2022 22:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Caribbean court ruled Tuesday that a law in Antigua and Barbuda that criminalizes gay sex is unconstitutional. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court found that “the selection of an intimate partner is a private and a personal choice." ...

Feds sue over new Arizona citizenship proof law for voting

Jul. 05, 2022 20:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday sued Arizona over a new law requiring people who use a federal form to register to vote to provide additional proof of citizenship if they want to vote for president or using the state's popular vote-by-mail system. The law...

Federal appeals court greenlights federal deportation policy

Jul. 05, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal guidance prioritizing the deportation of people in the country illegally who pose the greatest public safety risk can be implemented, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. At issue is a September directive from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

Gov: Maine won't help prosecute abortion seekers, providers

Jul. 05, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will not cooperate with other states' investigations into people who seek abortions or health care providers that perform them, the state's governor said Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order that she said will protect access to...

Judge OKs transfer plan for beagles from troubled facility

Jul. 05, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

CUMBERLAND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday approved a plan that calls for transferring about 4,000 dogs currently housed at a troubled Virginia breeding facility to shelters where they can be adopted, according to court records. The development came in a civil enforcement...

Western states could settle feud over beleaguered Rio Grande

Jul. 05, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight between Texas and New Mexico over the management of one of the longest rivers in North America could be nearing an end as a date to resume the trial has been put off pending negotiations aimed at settling the years-long case before the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

Feds settle suit alleging abuse by men detained after 9/11

Jul. 05, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Tuesday settled a decades-old lawsuit filed by a group of men who were rounded up by the government in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and held in a federal jail in New York in conditions the department’s own watchdog called abusive and...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 05, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...