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1st black woman sworn in as Chicago mayor; vows big reforms

May. 20, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trail about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago ain't ready...

Ex-White House lawyer won't testify after Trump direction

May. 20, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his former White House Counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena Monday, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that maintains McGahn would have immunity from testifying about his work as a close Trump adviser. A lawyer for McGahn said he...

Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for records

May. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a "crazy" decision that his lawyers would appeal. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta...

Abortion clinic asks full appeals court to rehear case

May. 20, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky abortion clinic is asking a federal appeals court to rehear an appeal in the case of a state law that requires doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients prior to abortions. A divided panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month...

NY bill to let US House see Trump's state returns narrowed

May. 20, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York are seeking to sharply narrow a proposal that would grant congressional committees access to state tax returns filed by President Donald Trump to address concerns that it could jeopardize the privacy of anyone who pays taxes in the state. Amendments filed over the...

Nationwide liver transplant policy caught up in court case

May. 20, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Organ transplant officials are rolling back a new nationwide policy over how to allocate scarce livers amid a legal fight in federal court, an attorney for the nonprofit that manages the U.S. transplant system said Monday. The United Network for Organ Sharing was on track to reinstate its...

The Latest: New Chicago mayor delivers on reform pledge

May. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved to enact a reform pledge she made during her campaign. Lightfoot signed an executive order Monday afternoon limiting aldermanic prerogative....

High court sides with Crow tribe member in hunting dispute

May. 20, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a member of the Crow tribe who was fined for hunting elk in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest, giving him a good chance to get a more than $8,000 fine against him overturned. The case the justices decided 5-4 is a win for Clayvin Herrera and his...

Judge: Parents of dead West Point cadet can use his sperm

May. 20, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident can use his frozen sperm to produce a child, a judge ruled while noting potential ethical considerations. Supreme Court Justice John Colangelo's ruling, dated Thursday, gives Peter Zhu's parents the...

US Sen. Edward Markey faces Democratic primary challenger

May. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing a challenger in next year's Democratic primary in Massachusetts. Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers' rights lawyer, announced her intention Monday to challenge the one-term senator for the Democratic nomination. Liss-Riordan made the announcement in a video and...