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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo, two sailors stand with a gun as the USS John Stennis aircraft carrier leaves Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state. A federal judge in Seattle ruled Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, that President Donald Trump cannot divert $89 million intended for a construction project at the base to help build his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Judge: Military funds for Washington state can't go to wall

Feb. 27, 2020 8:42 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump may not divert $89 million intended for a military construction project in Washington state to build his border wall, a U.S. judge in Seattle ruled Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court and some other courts have said the administration can begin diverting billions of...

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., left, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., right, stand as Judy Pace Flood speaks during a news conference as they call for the late Curt Flood to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lawmakers push for Curt Flood's enshrinement in Hall of Fame

Feb. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Curt Flood's widow has a simple explanation for why her late husband, who is revered by players for sacrificing his career to advocate for free agency, has not been enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame. “I think the holdup is that he got on a lot of people's nerves,” Judy...

Republican Sen. Dan McCay arrives for a news conference at the Utah State Capitol Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Most abortions would be banned in Utah under a new proposal at the state Legislature, one that abortion-rights advocates say would create fear and uncertainty even though it wouldn't be enforced unless the legal landscape changes. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah abortion ban proposal gets early nod from lawmakers

Feb. 27, 2020 5:48 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah would ban most abortions if the U.S. legal landscape changes under a proposal that has gotten an early nod of approval at the Legislature. A panel of lawmakers on Wednesday approved the plan to make performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. It has...

Virginia lawmakers pass bills easing abortion restrictions

Feb. 27, 2020 2:56 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Abortion restrictions that were enacted when Republicans controlled Virginia’s General Assembly are being undone in legislation approved by the Democrats who are now in charge. The House on Thursday gave final passage to a bill that would roll back provisions including a 24-hour...

FILE - In this July 22, 2018 file photo, Israelis wave flags and hold signs during a rally to protest against inequality for the LGBT community in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's Supreme Court struck down a surrogacy law that critics said discriminated against same-sex couples. The 2018 law expanded access to surrogacy in Israel to single women but excluded gay couples and its passage sparked uproar in the LGBT community. In its decision Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, the court said that the law harmed the right to equality and the right to parenthood. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israeli top court rules against surrogacy law excluding gays

Feb. 27, 2020 1:49 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court ruled against a surrogacy law Thursday that critics said discriminated against same-sex couples and which sparked uproar in the LGBT community when it was passed. In a statement, the court said the 2018 law, which expanded access to surrogacy in Israel to single...

Salvadoran congress passes war crimes sentence reduction law

Feb. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EST

El Salvador's congress has passed a law allowing judges to reduce sentences for crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war, drawing criticism from the president and rights activists. President Nayib Bukele vowed to veto the law, saying it did not contain the key elements of “truth, justice...

German court upholds restrictions on law clerk's headscarf

Feb. 27, 2020 4:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that a Muslim law clerk can be prevented from wearing a headscarf during court proceedings. In its ruling, the Federal Constitutional Court said the judiciary's obligation to complete neutrality outweighed her freedom of religion rights, the dpa news...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks as he is endorsed by House Majority Whip, Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., background, in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

For a historic high court pick, Dems must think outside box

Feb. 26, 2020 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is dangling a history-making promise shortly before South Carolina's presidential primary on Saturday, the first 2020 contest featuring a majority black electorate. Elect him president, Biden says, and he might nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court. “As...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 26, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Cost of drill­ing: DEP raises per­mit fees to cover reg­u­la­tory ser­vices Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb. 26 Permit fees for shale gas wells in Pennsylvania would soar by more than 150% under an...

Biden nabs Clyburn endorsement before South Carolina primary

Feb. 26, 2020 12:12 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking black member of Congress and the kingmaker of South Carolina's Democratic political orbit, on Wednesday endorsed Joe Biden's presidential campaign. The backing could provide a much-needed boost for the former vice president heading...