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Shifting abortion laws cause confusion for patients, clinics

Jul. 01, 2022 15:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Abortion providers and patients were struggling Friday to navigate the evolving legal landscape around abortion laws and access across the country since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week. In Florida, a law banning abortions after 15...

Post-Roe, states struggle with conflicting abortion bans

Jul. 01, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In Arizona, Republicans are fighting among themselves over whether a 121-year-old anti-abortion law from the pre-statehood Wild West days, when Arizona was still a frontier mining territory, should be enforced over a 2022 version. In Idaho, meanwhile, it is not...

Russian missiles kill at least 21 in Ukraine's Odesa region

Jul. 01, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian airstrike on residential areas killed at least 21 people early Friday near the Ukrainian port of Odesa, authorities reported, a day after the withdrawal of Moscow's forces from an island in the Black Sea had seemed to ease the threat to the city. ...

Environmental justice advocates slam Supreme Court ruling

Jul. 01, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

The Supreme Court decision to limit how the Environmental Protection Agency regulates carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could make an already grave situation worse for those affected most by climate change and air pollution, advocates say. Environmental and climate justice...

Same-sex couples updating legal status after abortion ruling

Jul. 01, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emails and phone calls from same-sex couples, worried about the legal status of their marriages and keeping their children, flooded attorney Sydney Duncan’s office within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. ...

In a small village, prayers and hope for missing migrants

Jul. 01, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

SAN MARCOS ATEXQUILAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Clutching rosaries, residents of this mountain village stared at photographs of three of their own atop the altar at the local church, praying that teenagers Jair, Yovani and Misael were not among the 53 migrants who perished inside a stifling trailer in...

Pre-pandemic sized crowds descend on US airports for holiday

Jul. 01, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

The July Fourth holiday weekend is off to a booming start with airport crowds crushing the numbers seen in 2019, before the pandemic. Travelers seemed to be experiencing fewer delays and canceled flights Friday than they did earlier this week. The Transportation...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 01, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misrepresent 2019...

WNBA's Brittney Griner goes on trial in Russian court

Jul. 01, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner went on trial Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for a Russian team, in a case that has unfolded amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington. The initial...

Day 2 of free agency: LaVine, Nurkic decide to stay put

Jul. 01, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

Zach LaVine is staying in Chicago. Same goes for Jusuf Nurkic in Portland. Day 2 of NBA free agency on Friday brought another max deal — this time, going to LaVine, who secured the richest contract in Bulls history when he agreed to a $215 million, five-year contract. ...

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State Supreme Court: Greenetrack owes $76 million in taxes

Jul. 01, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Greenetrack owes $76 million in unpaid taxes and interest in a decision that accused the dog track of using charities as a sham for a profitable electronic gambling operation. Justices sided with the state...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 01, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...

US announces $820M in Ukraine aid, including missile systems

Jul. 01, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced on Friday that it will provide Ukraine with $820 million in new military aid, including new surface-to-air missile systems and counter-artillery radars to respond to Russia's heavy reliance on long-range strikes in the war. Russia in recent...

Brazil’s da Silva hints at 1-term presidency if elected

Jul. 01, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Friday that he would likely serve only one term if he wins back Brazil's presidency in October's election. “I’m not going to be a president of the republic who is thinking about his reelection," he said in...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Savannah police chief to resign amid uproar over shooting

Jul. 01, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah's police chief says he soon will step down to focus on his nomination to serve as a U.S. Marshal, an announcement that comes amid scrutiny over recent local police shootings, including the death of a Black man at the hands of a white officer. Police...

California governor acts to advance wildfire recovery

Jul. 01, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed states of emergency in Santa Barbara and Monterey counties on Friday to help the process of recovery from recent wildfires. The proclamations allow the California Department of Transportation to request immediate...

Chip shortage keeps driving up auto prices, cutting sales

Jul. 01, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. new vehicle sales tumbled more than 21% in the second quarter compared with a year ago as the global semiconductor shortage continued to cause production problems for the industry. Yet demand still outstripped supply from April through June, even with $5 per...

Russian missiles kill at least 21 in Ukraine's Odesa region

Jul. 01, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian airstrike on residential areas killed at least 21 people early Friday near the Ukrainian port of Odesa, authorities reported, a day after the withdrawal of Moscow's forces from an island in the Black Sea had seemed to ease the threat to the city. ...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy talks to Argentina, Chile presidents

Jul. 01, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed on with his campaign to obtain support from Latin America with calls Friday to the leaders of Argentina and Chile. “I continue to establish relations with an important region — Latin America,”...