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US appeals court to rehear Tennessee abortion ban argument

Dec. 03, 2021 13:40 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court concluded historic arguments over abortion, a federal appeals court signaled it might be willing to allow yet another restrictive ban to go into effect. Earlier this year, a three-judge panel on the 6th...

11th Circuit rejects bias claim by one-time House member

Dec. 03, 2021 13:38 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Black attorney who represented Alabama in Congress for four terms and ran for governor can't pursue a racial discrimination claim against the nonprofit legal organization he once headed, a federal appeals court ruled. The 11th U.S. Circuit...

Court hears arguments in Trump rape accuser's lawsuit

Dec. 03, 2021 13:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for former President Donald Trump appeared before a federal appeals court Friday to argue that the U.S. government should take his place as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by a writer who accused him of rape. The Republican's...

EXPLAINER: Must employers follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

Dec. 03, 2021 13:23 PM EST

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday under a mandate issued by President Joe Biden's administration. Thanks to legal challenges, they won't have to worry about it, at least for now. ...

Missouri abortion opponents seek more restrictions in 2022

Dec. 03, 2021 13:00 PM EST

Missouri legislators who oppose legal abortion are preparing an aggressive list of bills for the 2022 General Assembly that convenes in January. Proposals include requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion and raising criminal penalties for illegal...

Judge leaves lawsuits against Libyan general Hifter on pause

Dec. 03, 2021 11:33 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia on Friday ruled that war-crimes lawsuits against a Libyan military commander who used to live in the U.S. must stay on hold for now to avoid interfering with upcoming presidential elections there. At a hearing in...

Indiana man gets 30 months in prison for defrauding employer

Dec. 03, 2021 11:12 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A central Indiana man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing $270,000 from an ophthalmology practice where he worked through a fraud scheme. A federal judge also ordered Joshua D. Millspaugh, the former...

Roe 'settled' law? Justices' earlier assurances now in doubt

Dec. 03, 2021 07:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh convinced Sen. Susan Collins that he thought a woman’s right to an abortion was “settled law,” calling the court cases affirming it “precedent on precedent” that could not be casually overturned. ...

Few want Roe overturned, but abortion opinions vary widely

Dec. 03, 2021 00:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguments before the Supreme Court this week signaled that the conservative-leaning bench may dramatically limit abortion rights in the United States. The decision whether to uphold Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban will determine the fate of the...

Preview of 'a post-Roe world' in Texas over abortion access

Dec. 03, 2021 00:12 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas offers a glimpse in real time of what would be a striking new national landscape if the Supreme Court drastically curtails abortion rights: GOP-led states allowing almost no access to abortion, and women traveling hundreds of miles to end their pregnancies. ...