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Federal judge throws out oil lease sale in Gulf of Mexico

Jan. 28, 2022 09:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has rejected a plan to lease millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling, saying the Biden administration did not adequately take into account the lease sale's effect on planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, violating a bedrock...

O'Fallon council ousts member over investigation into chief

Jan. 28, 2022 08:29 AM EST

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis city council has ousted one of its own members over her rogue investigation into the city’s former police chief, which he cited in part for his resignation last year. The O’Fallon City Council voted 6-1 Thursday to convict Katie...

Biden's high court pledge shows growing power of Black women

Jan. 28, 2022 00:55 AM EST

As he struggled to survive the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden made a striking pledge before voting began in heavily African American, must-win South Carolina: His first Supreme Court appointment would be a Black woman. On Thursday, with his poll numbers reaching new lows and his...

Man executed for 1996 killing after Supreme Court clears way

Jan. 28, 2022 00:53 AM EST

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama executed an inmate by lethal injection for a 1996 murder on Thursday after a divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state and rejected defense claims the man had an intellectual disability that cost him a chance to choose a less “torturous,” yet untried,...

After bitter battles, Senate eyes less toxic court fight

Jan. 28, 2022 00:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a U.S. Senate that was upended by toxic Supreme Court battles during the Trump era, the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick has the potential for something else: a return to calmer political normalcy. Because the ideological balance of the court is not...

US judge may suspend mustang roundup in Nevada; suit pending

Jan. 28, 2022 00:33 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge is considering temporarily suspending the capture of wild horses in Nevada where their advocates say the federal government is “needlessly and recklessly” killing free-roaming mustangs in violation of U.S. laws. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du...

Breyer leaves a court more conservative than one he joined

Jan. 28, 2022 00:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the nearly 30 years that Justice Stephen Breyer has spent on the Supreme Court, it has been conservative, then more conservative and now much more conservative. The court's rapid rightward shift in recent years was a change for the liberal jurist, who early in...

'Tiger King' Joe Exotic set for resentencing in Oklahoma

Jan. 28, 2022 00:05 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide a new sentence Friday for “Tiger King” Joe Exotic after an appeals court ruled last year that the prison term he's serving on a murder-for-hire conviction should be shortened. Although supporters of Joe Exotic — whose real...

Today in History

Jan. 28, 2022 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2022. There are 337 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1973, a cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War, a day after the signing of the Paris...

Man executed for 1996 killing after Supreme Court clears way

Jan. 27, 2022 23:25 PM EST

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama executed an inmate by lethal injection for a 1996 murder on Thursday after a divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state and rejected defense claims the man had an intellectual disability that cost him a chance to choose a less “torturous,” yet untried,...