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Family pedigree, friends and merit mark SC judge choosing

Nov. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ancestors, family pedigrees, old friendships, college ties, easy cheer and even merit were all part of the mix last week in a ritual where candidates for South Carolina’s open judgeships parade before a judicial screening commission to see if they have the right stuff to make...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Biden plans swift moves to protect and advance LGBTQ rights

Nov. 28, 2020 9:02 AM EST

As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. Among...

Today in History

Nov. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 28, the 333rd day of 2020. There are 33 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 28, 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name. On this date:...

President Donald Trump waves from a golf cart as he plays golf at Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Sterling, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

Nov. 27, 2020 6:52 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign's latest effort to challenge the state’s election results. Trump’s lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court...

FILE - President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 calling it his “Great Honor.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Nov. 26, 2020 12:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss...

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon visits with poll workers as he toured the Brian Coyle Center, on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota certifies Biden win, state voter turnout nears 80%

Nov. 24, 2020 6:34 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s state canvassing board unanimously certified the state's election results Tuesday, an ordinarily routine task that drew closer attention due to President Donald Trump's efforts to delay it in key states. Joe Biden defeated Trump in Minnesota by just over 233,000 votes,...

Panel selects 6 to interview for RI Supreme Court opening

Nov. 24, 2020 5:27 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state’s Judicial Nominating Committee has selected six candidates to be interviewed for a second opening on the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The candidates would take the seat vacated by Supreme Court Justice Francis Flaherty, who announced he would retire at the end of...

Court: North Dakota governor can't fill dead candidate seat

Nov. 24, 2020 3:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum does not have the authority to appoint someone to a state House seat won by a Republican candidate who died before the election, the North Dakota Supreme Court concluded Tuesday. The court, in a unanimous ruling, decided that Burgum “has not...

3 nominated for vacancy in Kentucky's 12th Judicial Circuit

Nov. 24, 2020 2:28 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judicial panel has nominated three people to serve as circuit judge for Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties. The Judicial Nominating Commission selected Jerry David Crosby II, of Goshen, Kristen Hannah Fowler, of Crestwood and Brittany Bailey McKenna, of Prospect, to be considered...

Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

Nov. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics — a move supported by opponents of legal abortion, but opposed by advocates who said it affects a variety of non-abortion health services for low-income women....