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Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Jul. 15, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women to abortion providers immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups....

The Latest: Voter: Lawsuit tries 'to unrig a rigged process'

Jul. 15, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a partisan gerrymandering trial beginning in North Carolina state court (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A Democratic voter has testified that a gerrymandering lawsuit against North Carolina lawmakers is "trying to unrig a rigged process." The first day of the partisan...

Man banished from Kansas in plea deal seeks to return

Jul. 15, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who was permanently banished from Kansas as a condition of his plea deal in a criminal case is seeking to return to the state with the help of an organization that says the punishment harkens back to "draconian penalties of Ancient Greece or the vigilante justice of the Old...

Missouri works to settle lawsuit on medicine for foster kids

Jul. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to a settlement agreement for a lawsuit alleging that Missouri overmedicated children in foster care with psychotropic drugs. The agreement, which still needs final approval, calls for the state to make systemic changes to how...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who gave to birth to a baby in an outhouse toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz...

Women urge jail until trial for Epstein as judge weighs bail

Jul. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge to...

Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbance

Jul. 15, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Australian model was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to community service and probation for slapping a flight attendant and going on an obscene tirade during a flight, with a federal judge saying he believed she was deeply remorseful and did not deserve fines or prison time. U.S....

After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymandering case begins

Jul. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in a political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for Common Cause,...

Latest: Oklahoma prosecutor calls drugmaker opioid 'kingpin'

Jul. 15, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma's lawsuit against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries over the opioid crisis (all times local): 9:25 a.m. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has described consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson as the "kingpin" company...