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Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

Nov. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics, reversing earlier decisions stemming from legal battles over abortion. Opponents of legal abortion have long sought to deny federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood...

A female worker walks with a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

Judge awards $10 million to family in 'wrongful life' case

Nov. 17, 2020 3:37 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle has awarded $10 million to the family of a severely disabled child who was born after a community clinic nurse inadvertently gave the mother a flu shot instead of a birth-control injection. The Seattle Times reported that U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik last...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 2019 file photo, UCLA gynecologist James Heaps appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. The prestigious University of California system has reached a proposed $73 million settlement with seven women who accused a former gynecologist of sexual abuse. As part of the class-action lawsuit, more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps could receive part of the settlement — even if they have not formally accused the former University of California, Los Angeles, gynecologist of abuse. A federal judge must approve the proposed agreement filed Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

University of California agrees to $73M sex abuse settlement

Nov. 16, 2020 6:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The prestigious University of California system has reached a proposed $73 million settlement with seven women who accused a former gynecologist of sexual abuse. As part of the class-action lawsuit, more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps could receive part of the settlement —...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The Trump administration is deporting several women who have alleged they were abused or mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to lawyers representing the women. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

US deports migrant women who alleged abuse by Georgia doctor

Nov. 11, 2020 7:56 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to their lawyers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already deported six former patients who complained about Dr....

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Western Tidewater Regional Jail, in Virginia, shows Dr. Javaid Perwaiz. On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, the Justice Department said that a federal jury convicted Perwaiz of submitting false insurance claims after performing what authorities described as unnecessary surgeries on women. (Western Tidewater Regional Jail via AP, File)

Virginia gynecologist convicted of fraud, unneeded surgeries

Nov. 9, 2020 9:25 PM EST

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia gynecologist has been found guilty of submitting false insurance claims after performing what authorities described as unnecessary surgeries on women, including hysterectomies and tubal ligations. The Justice Department said in a statement Monday that a federal jury...

FILE - Chase Briscoe celebrates in victory lane following a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.  Briscoe professionally has had the best season of his career with nine wins, a promotion next year to the Cup Series and the chance to cap it with the Xfinity Series championship. The on-track success in this once-in-a-lifetime season has been the public side of an emotionally heartbreaking personal journey.  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

NASCAR's Briscoe balances title chase with off-track woes

Nov. 6, 2020 2:21 PM EST

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chase Briscoe has enjoyed the best year of his professional career: nine wins, an upcoming promotion to NASCAR's elite Cup Series and the chance to cap it with the Xfinity Series championship. The once-in-a-lifetime season has been the public side of an emotionally heartbreaking...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by workers smoking outside a retailed shop under renovation at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The majority of the people in the capital city are still wearing masks in outdoor areas even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, while the coronavirus is still surging across the globe with an ever-rising death toll. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China suspends entry for residents of Britain

Nov. 4, 2020 11:53 PM EST

BEIJING — China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders who reside in Britain, reacting to a new surge of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom. The suspension covers those holding visas or residence permits issued prior to Nov. 3, with exceptions for diplomats and some others. Foreign...

This  Oct. 23, 2020, photo provided by Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas shows the new Planned Parenthood health center in Lubbock, Texas. (Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas via The AP)

Supreme Court changes fuel moves to protect abortion access

Nov. 2, 2020 10:38 AM EST

A vast swath of West Texas has been without an abortion clinic for more than six years. Planned Parenthood plans to change that with a health center it opened recently in Lubbock. It’s a vivid example of how abortion-rights groups are striving to preserve nationwide access to the procedure even as a...

A throng of supporters listen to a video message as they await President Donald Trump for a campaign stop, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at the Butler County Regional Airport in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Nov. 2, 2020 1:45 AM EST

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. President Donald Trump has consistently pointed to tax cuts and regulatory relief as key successes of his first four years in office. He has repeatedly pushed for the end of the Obama-era health law but has yet to deliver a plan to...