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EXPLAINER: Texas abortion law gets Supreme Court arguments

Oct. 22, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday allowed a Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in effect for now. But in an unusual move the justices said they want to hear arguments in the case at the soonest opportunity. Those arguments at the high court on Nov....

Supreme Court doesn't block Texas abortion law, sets hearing

Oct. 22, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing the Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in place, but has agreed to hear arguments in the case in early November. The justices said Friday they will decide whether the Justice Department and abortion providers can...

Alabama man put to death for 1991 killing of woman

Oct. 22, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who avoided execution in February was put to death Thursday for the 1991 killing of a woman who was abducted during a robbery and then shot in a cemetery. Willie B. Smith III, 52, received a lethal injection at a prison in southwest...

EXPLAINER: Texas abortion law again on path to high court

Oct. 15, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday that the federal government will ask the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision on a restrictive Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. A federal appeals court on Thursday said the Texas law should stay in...

Justices' views on abortion in their own words and votes

Oct. 12, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion already is dominating the Supreme Court’s new term, months before the justices will decide whether to reverse decisions reaching back nearly 50 years. Not only is there Mississippi's call to overrule Roe v. Wade, but the court also soon will be asked again to...

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Don't stand so close to us

Oct. 08, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get tested. Wear a mask. Don't get too close. Not your typical court orders, but that was the word from the Supreme Court to lawyers and reporters who returned to the high court this week for the first in-person arguments in more than a year and a half. ...

Justices ponder detainee's rights in Guantanamo secrets case

Oct. 06, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed skeptical of requiring the U.S. government to divulge what it says is secret information being sought by a Guantanamo Bay detainee. But in a surprising turn, several justices also raised questions about the rights of the man, who was...

What's old is new again: Justices back at court for new term

Oct. 04, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court returned to the courtroom Monday for the start of a momentous new term, after a nearly 19-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic. Abortion, guns and religion all are on the agenda for a court with a rightward tilt,...

The Latest: Alaska activates emergency health protocols

Oct. 02, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska on Saturday activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 health care facilities to ration care if needed as the state recorded the nation’s worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in the U.S. in recent days, straining its limited health care system. ...

Justice Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID, has no symptoms

Oct. 01, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, the Supreme Court said Friday. The court said the 54-year-old justice has no symptoms. It's the first time the court has reported that a sitting justice has tested positive...