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Court opens door to voiding N. Carolina Voter ID amendment

Aug. 19, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court opened the door Friday to nullifying a voter ID mandate approved by citizens in 2018 because the lawmakers who put it on the ballot were elected from districts tainted by illegal racial bias. However, the North Carolina Supreme...

Washington state school shooter sentenced to 40 years

Aug. 19, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Caleb Sharpe, who shot one classmate to death and wounded three others five years ago in a Washington state high school, apologized to his victims before he was sentenced Friday to at least 40 years in prison. Sharpe, who was 15 at the time of the 2017...

Transgender kids can play girls sports in Utah after ruling

Aug. 19, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Transgender girls in Utah will be given the opportunity to participate in girls' sports as the school year begins, after a judge on Friday reversed a ban pending legal challenges from parents. Instead of an outright ban, transgender girls will now be sent...

Accreditor of for-profit colleges loses federal recognition

Aug. 19, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department has canceled its recognition of an accrediting agency that oversees mostly for-profit colleges, placing in jeopardy the survival of schools that serve about 5,000 students. The decision bars colleges certified by the Accrediting Council...

Skepticism and hope as USA Gymnastics enters post-Nassar era

Aug. 19, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The blue and red flames of the new logo USA Gymnastics unveiled this week are designed to symbolize rebirth. They might as well double as a metaphor for the self-inflicted damage the organization has endured for the better part of a decade. The Larry Nassar...

State police: Lake Charles cops shot woman who fired first

Aug. 19, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Officers in a southwest Louisiana city shot and wounded a woman who fired a gun after they responded to a call about 6:30 a.m. Friday, state police said. Sheri Carlson, 45, of Lake Charles, was hit in the lower torso but her wounds are not life-threatening,...

Spielberg among donors in $22M Kansas campaign on abortion

Aug. 19, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents and abortion rights advocates together spent more than $22 million on a ballot question this month in Kansas, and famed film director and producer Steven Spielberg contributed to the successful effort to affirm abortion rights. Finance...

Urban Meyer back on Fox's "Big Noon Saturday" post-NFL

Aug. 19, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urban Meyer is returning to Fox's “Big Noon Saturday” college football pregame show after his NFL coaching career lasted less than one full season. Fox announced Friday that Meyer would rejoin the show that he was part of in its first two seasons. ...

Grand jury wants school board members removed over massacre

Aug. 19, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida grand jury empaneled after a 2018 school massacre has recommended that Gov. Ron DeSantis remove from office four members of the Broward County school board, saying they and district administrators displayed “deceit, malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of...

Nicaraguan police detain bishop, other priests in raid

Aug. 19, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaraguan police on Friday raided the residence of a Roman Catholic bishop critical of President Daniel Ortega’s administration, detaining him and several other priests in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the church and a government increasingly intolerant of...