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Council member to lead Kansas board punishing misconduct

Jul. 3, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — For Brandon Johnson, the journey to leading the Kansas board that regulates police officers began 15 years ago, with his face to the ground on a Wichita street and an officer’s knee in his back. Johnson, an African-American Wichita City Council member, said his activism career...

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this...

Supreme Court declines to hear Equal Pay Act case

Jul. 2, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that employers can't use past salary history to justify a pay disparity between male and female employees. The court on Thursday declined to take up a case from the California-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judges there...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 1, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: John Roberts Is No Pro-Choice Hero The New York Times June 29 The Supreme Court upheld abortion rights on Monday, with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring with the liberals on the court to strike down a Louisiana...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 30 The Wall Street Journal on allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan: It is going to be something to behold, on Jan. 21, 2021, when President Biden takes revenge on Russia for paying the Taliban...

Judge halts Iowa's new 24-hour waiting period for abortion

Jun. 30, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

An Iowa judge issued an injunction halting the state’s latest abortion restriction, a 24-hour waiting period, on Tuesday, a day before the measure was set to become law. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill Monday, but the order issued by state court Judge Mitchell Turner prevents it from becoming...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden departs after speaking at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden team putting together list of Black female court picks

Jun. 30, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that his team is putting together a list of potential options for his first Supreme Court nominee, which he has already pledged will be a Black woman. “We are putting together a list of African American women who are qualified and have the experience to...

In this June 29, 2020, photo, the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington. Supporters of abortion-rights were elated, and foes of abortion dismayed, after the Supreme Court issued its first major abortion ruling since President Donald Trump took office. But the two sides agree on one consequence: The upcoming election is crucial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Supreme Court's abortion ruling raises stakes for election

Jun. 30, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Supporters of abortion rights are elated, foes of abortion dismayed and angry, but they agree on one consequence of the Supreme Court’s first major abortion ruling since President Donald Trump took office: The upcoming election is crucial to their cause. Both sides also say...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Roberts told graduating seniors at his son's high school that the coronavirus has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control

Roberts a pivotal vote in the Supreme Court's big opinions

Jun. 30, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest cases of the Supreme Court term so far have a surprising common thread. On a court with five Republican appointees, the liberal justices have been in the majority in rulings that make workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people illegal, protect young immigrants...

Reactions to Supreme Court striking down abortion clinic law

Jun. 29, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

Congressional members and congressional hopefuls in northern New England are responding to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics. New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster said Monday’s ruling “is an important victory for women and their doctors.”...