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Biden’s vow of Black justice a nod to his most loyal voters

Jan. 28, 2022 11:50 AM EST

As he struggled to survive the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden made a striking pledge before voting began in heavily African American, must-win South Carolina: His first Supreme Court appointment would be a Black woman. On Thursday, with his poll numbers reaching new lows and his...

Bob Dole's burial Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery

Jan. 28, 2022 11:33 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The late Bob Dole, a former U.S. Senate majority leader and Republican presidential nominee also celebrated as a World War II hero, will be buried with military honors Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery. The foundation named for his widow, former Cabinet...

Japan to push controversial mine for UNESCO World Heritage

Jan. 28, 2022 08:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday that Japan will recommend a former gold mine on Sado Island for a UNESCO World Heritage list, despite protests from South Korea that the site is inappropriate because of its wartime abuse of Korean laborers — a sensitive issue that still...

Applicants sought for judicial opening in Tennessee

Jan. 28, 2022 04:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are taking applications to fill two imminent vacancies on the eastern section of the Court of Criminals Appeals. The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments has set a deadline of midday Feb. 8 for applications to arrive at the...

After bitter battles, Senate eyes less toxic court fight

Jan. 28, 2022 00:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a U.S. Senate that was upended by toxic Supreme Court battles during the Trump era, the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick has the potential for something else: a return to calmer political normalcy. Because the ideological balance of the court is not...

Today in History

Jan. 28, 2022 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2022. There are 337 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1973, a cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War, a day after the signing of the Paris...

Judges maintain order for Alabama to draw new districts

Jan. 27, 2022 23:04 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A three-judge panel on Thursday refused to stay its decision that effectively orders Alabama to draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections and to create a second district of which Black voters are a sizeable portion of the population. The...

Former Rep. Walker staying in North Carolina Senate race

Jan. 27, 2022 21:48 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker said Thursday that he’s staying in the Republican race for U.S. Senate, despite falling behind top rivals in fundraising and lacking former President Donald Trump’s endorsement for the seat. Walker, who got in the...

Who's who among some possible top Supreme Court contenders

Jan. 27, 2022 21:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement gives President Joe Biden a chance to make his first nomination to the high court. It's also a chance for Biden to fulfill a campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to be a justice. Some things to know...

After bitter battles, Senate eyes less toxic court fight

Jan. 27, 2022 20:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a U.S. Senate that was upended by toxic Supreme Court battles during the Trump era, the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick has the potential for something else: a return to calmer political normalcy. Because the ideological balance of the court is not...