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The Latest: No. 2 Australian city passes Sydney in new cases

Sep. 27, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s Victoria state has recorded more coronavirus infections than New South Wales for the first time since an outbreak of the delta variant began in Sydney in June. Victoria is Australia’s second-most populous state and on Tuesday the state capital...

Federal judge requires vaccines for California prison staff

Sep. 27, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption, as he tries to head off another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San...

Is 50-50 fair? Dems say new map should reflect their success

Sep. 27, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Some Democrats on a bipartisan redistricting commission in Virginia said Monday that new legislative districts will be fair only if they reflect the partisan success Democrats have had in the state for the past decade. The remarks came after...

Judge won't block Creighton University's vaccine mandate

Sep. 27, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has refused to block Creighton University's requirement that all students get vaccinated against COVID-19 despite the objections of a handful of students who said getting the shots would violate their religious beliefs against abortion. ...

Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Afghan province

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah, or Islamic, law. The order in Helmand province was issued by the provincial Taliban...

San Marino voters overwhelmingly back legal abortion

Sep. 26, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

SAN MARINO (AP) — San Marino residents on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminalized it and making the tiny republic the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstances. Some...

Wisconsin pastor fasting until Congress passes climate bill

Sep. 26, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Kenosha pastor is fasting for climate change. The Rev. Jonathan Barker, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, stopped eating on Saturday and said he will continue the protest until Congress passes a climate bill. Democrats pushed a...

Poll numbers down, justices say they aren’t politicians

Sep. 25, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Supreme Court justices delivered the same plea in rapid succession in recent days: Don’t view justices as politicians. The justices have reason to be concerned. Recent polls show a sharp drop in approval of a court now dominated by...

Texas law limits medication abortions as near-ban remains

Sep. 24, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday lauded another new abortion law that tightens limits on abortion-inducing medications, creating an additional layer of restrictions after a near-total ban on abortion in the state began this month. The new...

Government: Dylann Roof's death sentence should stand

Sep. 24, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

Attorneys for the federal government have opposed Dylann Roof's request for a new appellate hearing, arguing that the South Carolina man was properly convicted and sentenced for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black congregation. In court documents filed...