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North Carolina voters whittle down candidates in primaries

May. 17, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

RALElGH, N.C. (AP) — Voters in North Carolina whittled down candidates seeking to serve on Capitol Hill, in the General Assembly and on the judicial bench as they chose Democratic and Republican party nominees Tuesday. The top-line race on party ballots was for U.S. Senate, where...

Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis takes medical leave

May. 16, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis announced Monday she will be on family medical leave for the court’s spring term to concentrate on her health, but officials with the court didn’t release additional details, citing the justice’s desire for privacy....

Challenges for Finkenauer after Iowa Senate ballot woes

May. 14, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Abby Finkenauer 's bid to clinch the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa was not supposed to be so fraught. Finkenauer, 33, is one of the more prominent Democrats in the state, earning a wunderkind reputation in the Legislature before...

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

May. 14, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The headliners for North Carolina's primary on Tuesday include Republicans challenging for an open U.S. Senate seat and candidates hoping to give the GOP a shot at veto-proof majorities in the Legislature. Getting less billing, but with equal long-term...

Early in-person voting for Senate, other NC races about over

May. 14, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Early in-person voting for Tuesday's North Carolina primaries is nearing an end. Election boards in all 100 counties scheduled open voting sites Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's the last of 17 early-voting days that began April 28. Early...

Pandemic-era asylum limits in hands of federal judge

May. 13, 2022 20:29 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (AP) — An attorney arguing for 24 states urged a federal judge Friday to block Biden administration plans to lift pandemic-related restrictions on migrants requesting asylum, saying the decision was made without sufficient consideration on the effects the move could have on...

CT selects new top prosecutor after scandal, retirement

May. 12, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Veteran prosecutor Patrick Griffin was named Connecticut's new chief state's attorney Thursday and vowed to repair the office's reputation after an investigation questioned his predecessor's integrity. Griffin, a state prosecutor for 27 years including the...

Court: California's under-21 gun sales ban unconstitutional

May. 11, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday the law violates the...

After switch to GOP, 2 Senate candidates win WVa primaries

May. 11, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Switching to the Republican Party turned out to be a good move for some former Democrats in primary races for the West Virginia Senate. Mark Hunt and Mike Oliverio won their respective GOP parties Tuesday in their bids to return to the Legislature on the...

Supreme Court names Holder White first Black woman justice

May. 11, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed its first Black woman justice to replace the retiring Justice Rita Garman. The court has appointed Justice Lisa Holder White, who currently sits on the 4th District Illinois Appellate Court, to fill Garman's vacancy...