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First Black woman named as Connecticut's top public defender

Jul. 02, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The first Black woman has been appointed as Connecticut's chief public defender. TaShun Bowden-Lewis, who officially began her job on Friday overseeing the Division of Public Defender Services, said she hopes to provide minority clients with a greater sense...

Colorado's drop in life expectancy blamed on COVID, drugs

Jul. 02, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Life expectancy dropped in Colorado for the second straight year in 2021. It’s the kind of decline, driven by the pandemic, not seen in decades, data from the state health department show. The average life expectancy for Colorado residents fell to 78 years in 2021....

Parkland jurors must manage trial stress on their own

Jul. 02, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The jurors chosen this past week to decide whether Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz is executed will visit a bloodstained crime scene, view graphic photos and videos and listen to intense emotional testimony — an experience that they will have to manage entirely...

NC budget, immigration bills finalized as session ends

Jul. 01, 2022 23:29 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up its chief work session for the year on Friday by finalizing proposed state budget adjustments for the new fiscal year, crossing off other must-do legislation but leaving some big policy matters unresolved or thwarted. ...

Judge: Arizona violates prisoners’ rights with poor care

Jul. 01, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge ruled Arizona has been violating the constitutional rights of incarcerated people in state-run prisons by providing them with inadequate medical and mental health care, saying the state has known about the problem for years but refused to correct its failures. ...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Feds: Tacoma woman lied about having MS to defraud friends

Jul. 01, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they will recommend no more than 27 months in prison for a Washington state woman who defrauded friends and acquaintances of more than $600,000 by falsely telling them she needed money for tuition, multiple sclerosis treatment and other causes. ...

Same-sex couples updating legal status after abortion ruling

Jul. 01, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emails and phone calls from same-sex couples, worried about the legal status of their marriages and keeping their children, flooded attorney Sydney Duncan’s office within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. ...

WVa opioid trial verdict still pending nearly a year later

Jul. 01, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic. With an avalanche of documents from the three-month trial, Judge David Faber didn’t indicate when he would...

Couples wed as Swiss same-sex marriage law takes effect

Jul. 01, 2022 09:28 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Lesbian and gay couples in Switzerland rejoiced as they legally tied the knot Friday when the rich Alpine nation formally joined many other western European countries in allowing same-sex marriage, with some saying better late than never. The first same-sex marriages...