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Medical student Rebecca DeCarlo talks on the phone conducting a follow-up interview with a person being monitored by the Georgia Department of Public Health for infection or exposure to the coronavirus at the state agency's district office in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. DeCarlo is among 30 medical students helping the Georgia health agency's coastal district with contact tracing aimed at identifying relatives, friends and co-workers of people infected by the virus to prevent its spread to others. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)

Analysis: Georgia tracing smaller share of infections

Jul. 13, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia public health investigators are reaching a smaller share of people who may be infected as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state rises, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The newspaper finds that contact tracers interviewed 37% of people diagnosed with...

FILE - Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they're pregnant. A federal judge is permanently blocking Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat

Federal judge voids Georgia 'heartbeat' abortion restriction

Jul. 13, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia's 2019 “heartbeat" abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against the state in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and an advocacy group. Jones had temporarily blocked...

Federal judge permanently blocks Georgia's 'heartbeat' abortion law, finding that it violates the Constitution

Jul. 13, 2020 2:58 PM EDT
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal judge permanently blocks Georgia's 'heartbeat' abortion law, finding that it violates the Constitution.
Irina, right, and Anastasia Lagutenko play with their son, Dorian, at a playground in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 2, 2020. Their 2017 wedding wasn’t legally recognized in Russia. Any hopes they could someday officially be married in their homeland vanished July 1 when voters approved a package of constitutional amendments, one of which stipulates that marriage in Russia is only between a man and a woman. (AP Photo)

Russian constitution change ends hopes for same-sex marriage

Jul. 13, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — At the Lagutenko wedding in 2017, the couple exchanged vows, rings and kisses in front of friends and relatives, then took a traditional drive in a limousine, stopping at landmarks for photos. But because they were both women, the wedding wasn’t legal in Russia. If...

House minority leader, Robert Trammell, D - Luthersville, speaks against HB 792, the supplemental budget for the rest of the fiscal year, which the house went on to pass, Wednesday, February 19, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Town drops sign rules after House minority leader objects

Jul. 11, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LUTHERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A west Georgia town says it will stop enforcing its sign ordinance after the state House minority leader complained that it discriminated against the content of his election signs by violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Newnan Times-Herald reports that...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, July 10, 2020, overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking decades of court precedent that upheld the governor's broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of Evers' vetoes and declined to consider a challenge to a pair of partial vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2017, saying the 2019 lawsuit was filed too late.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin high court gives mixed ruling on partial vetoes

Jul. 10, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking 85 years of court precedent that upheld the governor’s broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, the Salisbury Cathedral 1215 copy of the Magna Carta is installed in a glass display cabinet marking the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215, in Salisbury, England. A judge has on Friday, July 10, 2020 sentenced a man to four years for attempting to steal Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta. Salisbury Crown Court Judge Richard Parkes sentenced Mark Royden, describing the failed theft as a “determined attempt on a document of huge historical importance. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

Man gets prison for failed theft of Magna Carta in England

Jul. 10, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. judge has sentenced a man to four years for attempting to steal one of the original copies of the the Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral in England. Mark Royden, from Canterbury, Kent, was convicted Friday of using a hammer to try to smash the security case holding the document at...

Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks to supporters at a presidential election campaign rally in Lomza, Poland, on Tuesday July 7, 2020. Two bitter rivals are heading into a razor's-edge presidential runoff election Sunday in Poland that is seen as an important test of populism in Europe after a campaign that exacerbated a conservative-liberal divide in the country. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Luxembourg PM criticizes Polish leader's anti-gay comments

Jul. 10, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Luxembourg's prime minister is criticizing the Polish president's campaign against LGBT rights in the run-up to a closely fought runoff election this weekend. Polish President Andrzej Duda, a nationalist conservative, recently has called LGBT rights an “ideology” more dangerous...

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Milley: Confederate names on Army bases divide the military

Jul. 9, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confederate Army symbols within the military, including prominent Army bases named for rebel generals, are divisive and can be offensive to Black people in uniform, the nation's top officer said Thursday. “The American Civil War was fought and it was an act of rebellion, it was an...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks during his address at the inauguration of Gov. Tony Evers, right, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that curtailed the powers of the incoming Democratic attorney general. The ruling Thursday, July 9, 2020 rejected arguments that the laws were unconstitutional, giving Republican yet another victory. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs GOP-authored lame-duck laws

Jul. 9, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that stripped power from the incoming Democratic attorney general just before he took office in 2019. The justices rejected arguments that the laws were unconstitutional, handing...