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Nevada church presses US Supreme Court on COVID-19 limits

Jan. 22, 2021 5:52 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada church wants the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a legal battle over the government's authority to limit the size of religious gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic even after the church won an appeals court ruling that found Nevada’s restrictions unconstitutional....

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, a man walks in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

Appeals court revisits Texas ban on abortion procedure

Jan. 21, 2021 2:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. A 2017 Texas law, which has never been enforced,...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra filed or joined at least nine lawsuits against the Trump administration on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The lawsuits were targeted at some of the Trump administration's roll backs of environmental regulations during the president's final weeks in office. Becerra, who has been nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden, has filed well over 100 lawsuits against Trump since taking office. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Nine lawsuits by California mark Trump's final day in office

Jan. 19, 2021 8:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration nine times on Tuesday, a fitting send-off from a state known for its frequent feuds with the president over the environment and health care. Altogether, Becerra —- who is President-elect Joe...

Anti-scaling fencing has been placed in front of the Supreme Court, which stands across the street from the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alan Fram)

Supreme Court takes on early stage of global warming case

Jan. 19, 2021 2:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed cautious about siding with oil and gas companies in a case involving global warming. The case the court was hearing is not about whether the companies can be held responsible for harms resulting from global warming. Instead, it’s an important...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2013, file photo Chief Justice John Roberts, right, reads the oath of office to President Barack Obama at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Roberts to swear in yet another president who opposed him

Jan. 19, 2021 12:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Someday, perhaps, John Roberts will swear in a new president who doesn’t wish someone else was chief justice of the United States. Wednesday won’t be that day. When Roberts leads President-elect Joe Biden in the oath of office, security will be unusually tight following the...

Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina listen during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Jan. 14, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. The heartbeat abortion bill has stalled in recent years, but appears to have a good chance of passing in 2021.(AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Heartbeat abortion ban may finally pass in South Carolina

Jan. 14, 2021 4:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are again considering a bill that would ban most abortions in the state and it seems much more likely to pass this time thanks to conservative gains in the General Assembly and at the U.S. Supreme Court. The ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be...

Anti-scaling fencing has been placed in front of the Supreme Court, which stands across the street from the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alan Fram)

Business as usual for high court, despite riot, impeachment

Jan. 14, 2021 2:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid insurrection and impeachment, the Supreme Court's big news Thursday was a decision in a bankruptcy case. Wednesday brought arguments over the Federal Trade Commission's ability to recapture ill-gotten gains. At this fraught moment in U.S. history, the court is doing its best to keep...

A person walks by newly-placed barricades around the Supreme Court Building, the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

High Court rules for city of Chicago in vehicle impound case

Jan. 14, 2021 11:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says that when a person's car has been impounded and they file for bankruptcy, the car does not have to be immediately returned. In an opinion announced Thursday, Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a unanimous eight-justice court that “mere retention" of a debtor's...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court has ordered that women must visit a doctor's office, hospital or clinic in person to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, though similar rules for other drugs have been suspended during the public health emergency. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Justices say women must obtain abortion pill in person

Jan. 12, 2021 6:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ordered Tuesday that women must visit a doctor's office, hospital or clinic in person to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic, though similar rules for other drugs have been suspended during the public health emergency. Eight days before President Donald...