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Judge orders improvements at county jail in Georgia

Jul. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. judge has ordered officials in a metro Atlanta county to improve conditions at a local jail where women with mental health problems say they are subject to prolonged solitary confinement. Judge William Ray issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday requiring Fulton County Sheriff...

Georgia abortion law foes seek to keep it from taking effect

Jul. 23, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions on Tuesday asked a judge to keep it from taking effect while their legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive...

School lawyer: Despite birth certificate, Grimm still female

Jul. 23, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Gavin Grimm, the transgender man who sued after being barred from using boys bathrooms in high school, remains female today, no matter what his birth certificate or a Virginia judge might have said, a lawyer for the school board argued in federal court Tuesday. Attorney David Corrigan...

Agreement affirms North Carolina transgender restroom rights

Jul. 23, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings. The consent decree between the state's Democratic governor and transgender plaintiffs covers numerous...

Trump threatens Guatemala after its court blocks asylum deal

Jul. 23, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country's high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the United States. Trump tweeted that Guatemala has decided against signing a "safe-third agreement" requiring...

Trump puts his stamp on nation's immigration courts

Jul. 23, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In just 2½ years, the Trump administration has put its stamp on the nation's immigration court system, appointing more than 4 in 10 judges while dramatically expanding the bench and issuing new rules that make it harder for migrants to win their cases and stay in the country. An...

The Latest: Attorneys end arguments over school bathroom ban

Jul. 23, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Gavin Grimm's federal challenge of his former high school's transgender bathroom policy (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Attorneys have finished arguments in federal court over whether a Virginia school board's bathroom policy discriminates against transgender students. The...

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens to be laid to rest Tuesday

Jul. 23, 2019 2:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Justice John Paul Stevens will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery during a private funeral planned for Tuesday. The 99-year-old former Supreme Court justice died last week in Florida. He served on the high court for nearly 35 years, retiring in 2010. Stevens served in...

Federal judge hears challenge to Arkansas abortion laws

Jul. 22, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An official with Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic said Monday that the facility could close within a month if a federal judge doesn't block a new law restricting who can perform abortions in the state. The clinic director of Little Rock Family Planning Services said during a...

Stevens praised as 'brilliant man' at Supreme Court ceremony

Jul. 22, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was remembered as a "brilliant man" with a "deep devotion to the rule of law" during a ceremony Monday at the court where he served for nearly 35 years. The 99-year-old Stevens died last week after suffering a stroke. Justice Elena Kagan,...