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Supreme Court rules against inmate in death penalty case

Jul. 03, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against an Alabama inmate whose lawyers argued that his trial counsel should have done more to try to show he is intellectually disabled and therefore he should be spared a death sentence. In an unsigned 6-3...

Unusually agreeable justices end term with conservative wins

Jul. 02, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusually agreeable Supreme Court term ended with conservative-driven decisions on voting rights and charitable-donor disclosures that offered a glimpse of what the coming years of the right's dominance could look like for the nation's highest court. ...

High court: California can't collect charity top donor names

Jul. 01, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered California to stop collecting the names and addresses of top donors to charities, calling the state's requirement a “dragnet for sensitive donor information." The justices voted 6-3 along ideological lines to...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 30, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 29 The Miami Herald on a disturbing, larger question in Surfside condo collapse: South Florida’s long and sordid history of shoddy building practices is hard...

Supreme Court won't sidetrack plans for natural gas pipeline

Jun. 29, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to New Jersey and other states seeking a way to oppose pipelines running through their land, siding with a pipeline company Tuesday in a dispute over New Jersey land needed for a natural gas pipeline. Both liberal and...

Supreme Court sides with Alaska Natives in COVID-19 aid case

Jun. 25, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Friday that hundreds of millions of dollars in coronavirus relief money tied up in court should benefit Alaska Natives rather than be spread more broadly among Native American tribes around the U.S. The justices ruled 6-3 in the...

High court expands eligibility for Clean Air Act exemption

Jun. 25, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday said an expanded number of small refineries can seek an exemption from certain renewable fuel requirements. The high court ruled 6-3 that a small refinery that had previously received a hardship exemption from complying with...

Today in History

Jun. 25, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 25, the 176th day of 2021. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that recitation of a state-sponsored prayer...

Justices rule against low-level crack cocaine offenders

Jun. 14, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that low-level crack cocaine offenders convicted more than a decade ago can't take advantage of a 2018 federal law to seek reduced prison time. The justices affirmed the nearly 16-year prison term handed out...

Schumer recommending 2 voting rights lawyers to be judges

Jun. 07, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat is recommending President Joe Biden nominate two prominent voting rights attorneys to serve as judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and on the federal bench in Manhattan. Sen. Chuck Schumer has recommended the...