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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks during the annual

Political upheaval alters strategies in US abortion debate

Jan. 23, 2021 11:00 AM EST

Anti-abortion leaders across America were elated a year ago when Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to appear in person at their highest-profile annual event, the March for Life held every January. The mood is more sober now — a mix of disappointment over Trump’s defeat and hope...

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Carl Folsom III speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of Folsom to a spot on Kansas' second-highest court says his experience as a public defender would bring real value to an appellate court that is now filled with former civil litigators, former prosecutors and former district judges. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

GOP senators reject Kansas appeals court nominee 2nd time

Jan. 21, 2021 7:47 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a public defender to the state's second-highest court for the second time in eight months, despite support for him from the state's top federal prosecutor and other attorneys. The vote on...

NH attorney general faces 2nd public hearing for court post

Jan. 21, 2021 4:59 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This time facing a more friendly audience, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald on Thursday again made the case for why he should be the next chief justice of the state Supreme Court. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu nominated MacDonald to the position for a second time last...

This image released by Sony Music Brazil shows cover art for the single for “America Vibra,” a trilingual song featuring Ziggy Marley and the Academy-Award nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio. (Sony Music Brazil via AP)

Natiruts, Marley, Aparicio sing for unity of the Americas

Jan. 21, 2021 2:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With a trilingual song that calls for the people of the Americas to unite in a more fair and loving world, Brazilian reggae band Natiruts, Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley and Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio hope to make the whole continent vibrate. “América Vibra” was...

Psychologist chosen to chair Arizona redistricting panel

Jan. 21, 2021 2:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A psychologist was chosen Thursday as the independent chair of the commission that will redraw Arizona's political district lines this year. The unanimous choice of Erika Neuberg of Chandler by the two Democrats and two Republicans already sworn in as members of the Arizona Independent...

New West Virginia environmental secretary appointed

Jan. 21, 2021 4:13 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Harold Ward as the state's new environmental secretary on Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Protection is in charge of regulating everything from air and water quality to overseeing abandoned mine lands. Ward was most recently...

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...

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks after arriving back in his hometown of Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Pence has returned to his Indiana hometown, where he told a small crowd that serving in the White House was the greatest honor of his life. Pence flew on a government plane Wednesday afternoon into the Columbus Municipal Airport with his wife, Karen, after attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pence returns to Indiana hometown as vice presidency ends

Jan. 20, 2021 5:23 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence returned Wednesday to his Indiana hometown, where he told a small crowd of family member and supporters that serving in the White House was the greatest honor of his life. Pence flew on a government plane into the Columbus Municipal Airport with his...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 20, 2021 3:11 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 20 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the inauguration of President Joe Biden marking ‘a new day in America': Though it was hardly peaceful, it was a transition — an essential transition after four years of tumult capped by an...

Biden will pick a new judge for Detroit's federal court

Jan. 20, 2021 2:12 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The federal court in Detroit could have one of President Joe Biden's first judicial appointments. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts is taking senior status, which allows her to reduce her caseload. It also creates a slot for another judge, who would be nominated by Biden and considered by...