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Judges deny emergency injunction sought by Delaware pastor

May. 30, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal judge and a federal appeals panel have rejected a request from a Delaware preacher for an emergency injunction to lift state restrictions on church worship to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Neither the ruling Friday from a judge in Wilmington nor the 2-1 ruling...

A counter-demonstrator holds up makeshift body bags while separated by police from a protest calling for the repeal of all government restrictions related to concern about the spread of COVID-19, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Judge denies motion in suit over out-of-staters' quarantine

May. 30, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

A look at the coronavirus-related developments around New England on Saturday. MASSACHUSETTS City officials in Boston are concerned that many Asian American residents may not be getting tested for the new coronavirus. Boston’s Chinatown zip code, where half the residents are of Asian descent, is one of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. A divided Supreme Court on Friday, May 29, 2020, rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Roberts joined the court's four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP, File)

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

May. 30, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John...

US judge won't lift 50-person cap on Nevada church services

May. 29, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge rejected a rural Nevada church’s request Friday for an emergency injunction that would allow it to exceed Gov. Steve Sisolak’s 50-person cap on religious gatherings. Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley filed a lawsuit against the governor last week that argued the...

Louis Sheldon, anti-gay Christian group founder, dies at 85

May. 29, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, who founded the Traditional Values Coalition, a lobbying group that was largely known for opposing homosexuality and gay rights, died Friday. He was 85. Sheldon, a former Anaheim resident, died in Southern California of a longstanding condition, son-in-law...

Georgia woman pleads guilty to selling illegal pesticides

May. 29, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman accused of selling an unregistered pesticide as protection against viruses like COVID-19 has pleaded guilty in the case. U.S. Attorney Byung J Pak, in a news release Friday, said Rong Sun, 34, of Fayetteville, sold Toamit Virus Shut Out, through eBay, claiming that it...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden rides in a car after appearing on ABC's

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

May. 29, 2020 6:34 PM 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: ___ CLAIM: Video appears to show presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe...

Ohio AG seeks review by full court in death penalty case

May. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has requested a hearing before a full panel of judges at the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to argue that a man considered intellectually disabled can and should be put to death. Yost made the request Thursday after a three-judge panel ruled...

Strip club sued by Electra, others, prepared to go to trial

May. 29, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Massachusetts strip club that's been sued by Carmen Electra and several other models and actresses for allegedly using their images in advertising and other promotional materials without permission says he's prepared to go to trial. “I do think this plaintiff is just...

Ruling gives blind voters accessible ballots for primary

May. 29, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Pennsylvania to make accessible write-in ballots available for disabled people who request them by 8 p.m. on Friday, granting a request by a blind voter who does not want to vote in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. District Judge Jennifer Wilson...