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Planned Parenthood workers in 5 Midwest states seek union

May. 26, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 400 workers at Planned Parenthood offices in five states said Thursday they plan to unionize as their employer deals with the potential loss of business in states where abortions may become illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade...

Kentucky coal firm held in contempt over WVa mine pollution

May. 26, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kentucky coal company has been found in contempt for failing to submit court-ordered plans to clean up two polluted West Virginia mine sites. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued a contempt order against Lexington Coal Company LLC. Chambers wrote...

Polish lawmakers back removing judicial body EU criticized

May. 26, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers on Thursday approved removing a controversial disciplinary body within Poland's top court that the right-wing government has used to sanction outspoken judges and which has drawn condemnation from the European Union. Poland's government...

Justices won't block Biden policy on 'social cost of carbon'

May. 26, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Biden administration to use a higher estimate, challenged by Republican-led states, for calculating damages to people and the environment from greenhouse gas emissions. The justices did not comment in refusing to put back...

Former Indiana attorney gets 10 years for investment scam

May. 26, 2022 14:18 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A former northern Indiana attorney who pleaded guilty to scamming elderly investors as part of a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison. Sven Eric Marshall was sentenced Tuesday to 121 months by a federal judge in South Bend...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 26, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

The Times and Democrat. May 24, 2022. Editorial: This is a good way to reduce S.C. abortions For decades, politicians across the political spectrum have declared a desire to decrease the number of abortions in South Carolina. Although abortion opponents have focused...

Zimbabwe's court raises age of consent for sex to 18 years

May. 26, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the legal age of consent for sex should be raised to 18 from 16, a judgment welcomed by many in a country where rights groups say teen pregnancies are forcing hundreds of girls out of school. In a ruling...

Justices to rule in gun case with US raw from mass shootings

May. 26, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With mass shootings in Texas, New York and California fresh in Americans’ mind, the Supreme Court will soon issue its biggest gun ruling in more than a decade, one expected to make it easier to carry guns in public in some of the largest cities. Already in an...

Court declines to disturb Lake Michigan beach access ruling

May. 26, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to disturb an Indiana Supreme Court ruling, later codified into Indiana law, which declared that Lake Michigan's shoreline is — and always has been — owned by the state for the public’s use. In Wednesday's 3-0 decision,...

Singing about suffrage, and thinking about current struggles

May. 26, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Phillipa Soo says she noticed a change in the audience immediately. News had just dropped of the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, and there was a different vibe coming from the audience at “Suffs,” in which the former...