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Arizona abortion providers halt procedures after Roe ruling

Jun. 25, 2022 00:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Abortion providers across Arizona halted procedures Friday while they try to determine if a law dating to pre-statehood days means their doctors and nurses could face prison time now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that abortion rights are not protected by the Constitution. ...

Arizona Legislature's GOP members OK school vouchers for all

Jun. 25, 2022 00:21 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona lawmakers approved a massive expansion of the private school voucher system Friday night as the Legislature pushed closer to ending the 2022 legislative session. The school vouchers measure passed as thousands of demonstrators rallied outside the...

Dems hope to harness outrage, sadness after abortion ruling

Jun. 25, 2022 00:18 AM EDT

YARDLEY, Pa. (AP) — The shock quickly turned to sadness for Victoria Lowe. The 37-year-old lawyer, working outside a cafe in suburban Bucks County, Pennsylvania, said she couldn't believe the Supreme Court stripped away the constitutional right to abortion that women have had her...

California governor, lawmakers near deal on gas tax rebate

Jun. 25, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Most California taxpayers would get hundreds of dollars in cash to help offset the high price of fuel and other goods under a tentative budget compromise being discussed by legislative leaders and Gov. Gavin Newsom. The plan would return a portion of...

Live updates | Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Jun. 24, 2022 23:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa __ A truck hit at least two protesters Friday night following an abortion rights rally in Iowa. Lyz Lenz, a local journalist and author, told The Associated Press that she saw the driver swerve around another car and hit two women on a crosswalk...

Probe of Arizona senator's comments on Buffalo shooting done

Jun. 24, 2022 23:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The attorney for the Arizona Senate's ethics committee submitted a report Friday on his investigation of a Republican lawmaker's online comments that appeared to blame the federal government for a supermarket massacre in Buffalo, New York. But the report from...

How US states have banned, limited or protected abortion

Jun. 24, 2022 21:33 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...

California GOP Rep. Valadao advances in US House district

Jun. 24, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rep. David Valadao advanced Friday to a November runoff in a Democratic-tilting district in California's Central Valley, surviving a challenge from a fellow Republican who faulted the congressman for his vote to impeach then-President Donald Trump. With most of...

Congress sends landmark gun violence compromise to Biden

Jun. 24, 2022 20:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House sent President Joe Biden the widest ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated partisan divide that persists. The...

NY lawmakers to mull post-Supreme Court gun bills next week

Jun. 24, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she is bringing state lawmakers back on Thursday to consider gun safety legislation in response to the Supreme Court striking down key portions of the state's licensing law. The court on Thursday overturned the state law that...