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Courts stymie abortion bans in Iowa, other GOP-led states

May. 24, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With a staunch anti-abortion Republican governor and large GOP legislative majorities, Iowa would seem poised to ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. There's just one catch: a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that established the right...

Pelosi pushes back on archbishop who denies her Communion

May. 24, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Tuesday on the decision by San Francisco's conservative Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion rights, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others. ...

After Cawthorn's loss, candidate challenge ruling reversed

May. 24, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A week after U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his primary election, a federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a trial judge's decision that had blocked North Carolina's elections board from examining whether he should be disqualified from running for reelection. ...

After killer's reversal, motion for quick execution tossed

May. 24, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A convicted Mississippi killer’s effort to get his execution quickly scheduled has been dismissed by the state's Supreme Court, weeks after the condemned man changed his mind. Blayde Nathaniel Grayson, 46, filed a handwritten letter to the high court in...

Alabama GOP voters decide secretary of state, other nominees

May. 24, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Republican voters in Alabama will decide their party's nominees in four statewide races Tuesday after campaigns in which many of the candidates touted their devotion to faith, former President Donald Trump and guns. A statewide constitutional amendment to fund park improvements also is on the...

Man charged with threatening to kill judge, attorneys

May. 24, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former Chittenden County man has been arraigned on charges accusing him of threatening to kill a state court judge, a defense attorney, and a state prosecutor and to sexually assault the prosecutor, according to the Vermont U.S. attorney's office. The...

Ohioans got short shrift as political map fight dragged on

May. 24, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Accusations have flown for months over who's to blame for Ohio's protracted redistricting predicament — a mess of a political mapmaking fight that's left the state without settled political maps and voters without a day for electing party nominees to Statehouse seats. ...

Judge keeps Democrat running for Georgia regulator on ballot

May. 24, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Democrat running for the Georgia Public Service Commission stayed on the ballot Tuesday after a judge blocked a Monday decision by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to disqualify her over residency issues. Patty Durand of Conyers is one of two Democrats...

Trump's inaugural chair pleads not guilty to latest charges

May. 24, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The chair of former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the latest charges in an indictment accusing him of secretly working for the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump’s foreign policy. Wealthy businessman Tom Barrack,...

Coal ash cleanup contractor not immune from workers' suit

May. 24, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

A contractor hired to clean up the nation's worst coal ash spill is not immune from being sued by workers who say they were not properly protected, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. More than 200 workers blame Jacobs Engineering for exposing them to ash they say...