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Auditor: Professor owes nearly $2,000 after 'Scholar Strike'

Dec. 1, 2020 6:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s state auditor demanded Tuesday that a University of Mississippi professor pay nearly $2,000 after a two-day “work stoppage” to protest police brutality and other racial inequities State Auditor Shad White demanded sociology professor James Thomas pay...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the sun rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday, Dec. 1, about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The court was hearing arguments in the case by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

Dec. 1, 2020 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The court was hearing arguments in the case by phone because of...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo Republican Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to reporters in Bangor, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

'She knows Maine': How Susan Collins defied Democrats

Nov. 13, 2020 5:29 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — If Republicans are able to hold onto their majority in the U.S. Senate, the remarkable staying power of Susan Collins will be a big reason why. Collins defied prognostications of doom from Washington's consultant class to score perhaps the most unexpected victory of the 2020 cycle,...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 has upheld a district court decision clearing Harvard University of intentional discrimination against Asian American applicants. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions

Nov. 12, 2020 1:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard does not discriminate against Asian American applicants, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a decision that offers relief to other colleges that consider race in admissions, but also sets the stage for a potential review by an increasingly conservative U.S. Supreme Court. The...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Nov. 11, 2020 6:08 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: The Supreme Court’s Pennsylvania Cleanup The Wall Street Journal Nov. 10 For a few days last week, it looked as if the 2020 election might play out as a gloomy opera of recounts and lawsuits, possibly upstaging Florida...

A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

'Obamacare' likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

Nov. 10, 2020 3:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A more conservative Supreme Court appears unwilling to do what Republicans have long desired: kill off the Affordable Care Act, including its key protections for pre-existing health conditions and subsidized insurance premiums that affect tens of millions of Americans. Meeting remotely a...

The Supreme Court in Washington on the day after the election, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Without Ginsburg, high court support for health law in doubt

Nov. 7, 2020 7:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until six weeks ago, defenders of the Affordable Care Act could take comfort in some simple math. Five Supreme Court justices who had twice preserved the Obama-era health care law remained on the bench and seemed unlikely votes to dismantle it. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death in...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters during a press conference in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. McConnell secured a seventh term in Kentucky, fending off Democrat Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot in a costly campaign. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Senate control hangs in balance with a few races undecided

Nov. 5, 2020 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of the Senate hung in the balance Thursday, a cliffhanger after Republicans trounced Democratic challengers in crucial states but failed to lock down the seats needed to retain their tenuous majority. One race in Georgia is headed to a January runoff. A second contest in Georgia...

Republican Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Bangor, Maine, after Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Democrats' Senate drive halted by GOP; key races undecided

Nov. 4, 2020 11:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats faced increasingly long odds as the battle for Senate control hangs in balance, and Republicans brushed back multiple challengers to protect their majority. Still, it was too soon for the GOP to declare victory. In Michigan, Democrats were spared a loss late Wednesday when Sen....

The Supreme Court is seen on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. President Donald Trump says he's planning an aggressive legal strategy to try prevent Pennsylvania from counting mailed ballots that are received in the three days after the election, a matter that could find its way to the high court. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A more conservative court hears same-sex foster parent case

Nov. 4, 2020 4:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to side with a Catholic social services agency in a dispute with Philadelphia over the agency’s refusal to work with same-sex couples as foster parents. The case is a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court. Catholic...