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Texas abortion providers ask Supreme Court to act fast

Sep. 23, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas abortion providers again asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take up a new state law that has banned most abortions since the beginning of September, when the deeply divided justices allowed it to take effect. Since then, abortion...

US court revives suit against Facebook over TV host's image

Sep. 23, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a Philadelphia newscaster’s lawsuit against Facebook over the unauthorized use of her image in advertisements for dating sites and sex-related products that ran on the site. A divided panel concluded that...

The Latest: Florida school district gets cash over mask vote

Sep. 23, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Florida school district has received cash from President Joe Biden’s administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board’s vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate. Alachua County school Superintendent Carlee Simon said in...

Republicans push redistricting plan through Indiana House

Sep. 23, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans forced their redistricting plan for congressional and legislative seats through the Indiana House on Thursday, casting aside objections that the new maps lock in an excessive partisan advantage for the GOP for another decade. House...

Kaul slams GOP election investigation, calls for gun laws

Sep. 23, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday accused Republicans of chasing conspiracy theories with a $680,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election instead of passing gun control measures polls have shown have broad public support. ...

MLB, union send notices of intent to seek labor changes

Sep. 23, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' association sent the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service letters of intent to seek new labor terms as the Dec. 1 expiration of the sport's collective bargaining agreement approaches. The notices, a formality...

New law cited in decision to end needle exchange program

Sep. 23, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A southern West Virginia health department has stopped its needle exchange program due to strict requirements under a new state law, officials said. The Mercer County Health Department voted Wednesday to discontinue its program, saying the new...

Woman with Down syndrome loses UK abortion law challenge

Sep. 23, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A woman with Down syndrome lost a court challenge against the British government Thursday over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a fetus with the condition. Heidi Crowter, 26, and two others took the Department of Health and Social Care to...

California 1st to set quota limits for retailers like Amazon

Sep. 22, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Wednesday became the first state to bar mega-retailers from firing warehouse workers for missing quotas that interfere with bathroom and rest breaks under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that grew from Amazon's drive to speed goods to consumers...

South Carolina's Confederate monument protection law upheld

Sep. 22, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature's permission is legal. But in the same ruling, ...