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Critics say Indiana redistricting dilutes minority influence

Sep. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Critics on Monday assailed the proposed new Indiana congressional and legislative districts as rigged in favor of Republicans, alleging they dilute the influence of minority voters. More than 20 people spoke against the Republican-drawn redistricting...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 27, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 25, 2021. Editorial: Biden administration misled America on Haitian migrants The most important leadership skill for any administration is to be frank, direct and purposeful — to say what they mean and mean what they say....

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Sep. 27, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

Detroit News. Sept. 22, 2021. Editorial: Courts should check Whitmer’s fundraising scam Mackinac Island — Michigan Republicans are mounting a court challenge against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s move to blow past campaign fundraising laws and raise...

India's farmers renew protests, challenging Modi government

Sep. 27, 2021 04:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indian farmers blocked traffic on major roads and railway tracks outside of the nation's capital on Monday, marking one year of demonstrations against government-backed laws that they say will shatter their livelihoods. The farmers have...

Man jailed for wife's 1990 death seeks hearing under new law

Sep. 26, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Supporters of a man who has been in prison for more than 30 years for killing his wife are upset that the Jackson County prosecutor hasn't been willing to use a new law to give him another chance to prove his innocence, but her office says there is no new evidence to...

EXPLAINER: Medication abortion becomes latest GOP target

Sep. 24, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

Medication abortion accounts for about 40% of all abortions in the U.S. The increasingly common method relies on pills rather than surgery, opening the possibility for abortions to be done in a woman's home rather than a clinic. It's an option that has become important during the COVID-19...

Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

Sep. 24, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

The images — men on horseback with long reins, corralling Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they're merely confirmation of a deeply held belief: U.S. immigration policies,...

NC ruling influence on sex-offender monitoring may be muted

Sep. 24, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's constitutional for North Carolina to require people convicted of the most serious sex offenses to be monitored perpetually by satellite-linked bracelets, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. But the majority opinion's influence on sex...

Grand jury declines to charge Portland cop who killed man

Sep. 24, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury has declined to charge a police officer who shot and killed a man in in a southeast Portland park in April. The Multnomah County district attorney’s office made the announcement Friday after the grand jury found Portland Police...

House votes to protect abortion rights amid state challenges

Sep. 24, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Friday that would guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion, an effort by Democrats to circumvent a new Texas law that has placed that access under threat. The bill's 218-211 approval is mostly symbolic, as Republican...