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Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question

Apr. 21, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan's father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family's apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an "alien," though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry about his citizenship...

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

Apr. 20, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the...

India's chief justice accused of sexual harassment

Apr. 20, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A former employee of India's Supreme Court has accused the country's chief justice of sexual harassment, an accusation that was vehemently denied by the judge, the nation's largest news agency reported Saturday. The 35-year-old woman filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday...

Today in History

Apr. 20, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 20, the 110th day of 2019. There are 255 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives. On this...

Miller and Wade will not testify in corruption trial

Apr. 19, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade will not be required to testify in next week's federal basketball corruption trial. U.S. District Court judge Edgardo Ramos ruled Friday that Miller and Wade were not relevant to the bribery trial that starts Monday. The two coaches had been...

Judge: Resumption of US coal sales by Trump needs review

Apr. 19, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said Interior...

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

Apr. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field next week. The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding questions of the early presidential primary season, which has already seen announcements from 18 other Democrats....

Probation for man who sent powder to Trump sons, others

Apr. 19, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who sent threatening letters with white powder to President Donald Trump's sons, Antonio Sabato Jr., Sen. Debbie Stabenow and a law professor was sentenced Friday in federal court to five years of probation. The judge declined to send Daniel Frisiello to prison, as...

US judge blocks part of Ohio ban on abortion procedure

Apr. 19, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge blocked part of an Ohio law late Thursday that bans the abortion method of dilation and evacuation in most cases, adding to a list of restrictions on the procedure that are or soon could be in legal limbo. Senior U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati...

Court: EPA has 90 days to justify use of dangerous pesticide

Apr. 19, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the Environmental Protection Agency 90 days to justify why a widely used but dangerous pesticide should stay on the market. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued the order at the request of a coalition of farmworker and environmental...