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Lawyers argue to delay North Dakota law banning abortion

Aug. 19, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic that two weeks ago closed its doors asked a judge Friday to delay the start of the state’s trigger law banning the procedure. The abortion ban is set to go into effect on Aug. 26. The Red River Women’s...

Judge rules Democrat can run, finds district violated rights

Aug. 19, 2022 11:20 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Democrat running for the Georgia Public Service Commission can stay on the ballot in November, a judge ruled Thursday, saying that districts drawn to exclude her violated her rights. Patty Durand of Conyers should be allowed to continue her candidacy for the...

Bomb threats put tiny Moldova, Ukraine's neighbor, on edge

Aug. 19, 2022 02:00 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — For tiny Moldova, an impoverished, landlocked nation that borders war-torn Ukraine but isn't in the European Union or NATO, it's been another week plagued by bomb threats. On an overcast day outside the international airport serving Moldova's capital of...

Arizona judge to hear state request to enforce abortion ban

Aug. 19, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge will hear arguments Friday on the state's request to allow prosecutors to enforce a near-total ban on abortions under a law that has been blocked for nearly 50 years under a now-overruled U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Abortion-rights advocates are...

Judge throws out $85M award over California custody death

Aug. 18, 2022 23:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out an $85 million lawsuit award over the death of a Southern California man who was beaten, hogtied and shocked with a stun gun by sheriff’s deputies in 2015. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff said Wednesday that the March award by a...

Man linked to supremacist group gets 56 months to 20 years

Aug. 18, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

CARO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man described as a leader of the white supremacist group The Base has been sentenced to 56 months to 20 years in prison, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday. Washtenaw County Judge Patrick Conlin sentenced Justen Watkins on Monday after he...

Court: Extraordinary damages OK in 'wrongful life' case

Aug. 18, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court says that under state law, it's OK for judges to award extraordinary damages in so-called “wrongful life” cases where a child has birth defects or disabilities that require extensive care. The unanimous decision Thursday came in the...

Judge sets January 2024 trial for LIV Golf suit against tour

Aug. 18, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Players from Saudi-funded LIV Golf who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour will be waiting nearly 16 months for the case to go to trial. U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman on Thursday set the trial for Jan. 8, 2024. ...

Judge retains jurisdiction in lawsuit over Enbridge pipeline

Aug. 18, 2022 20:20 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday kept jurisdiction over a lawsuit seeking to close an oil pipeline crossing a section of the Great Lakes, rejecting Michigan's effort to shift the case to state court. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff sided a second time with...

Climate bill's unlikely beneficiary: US oil and gas industry

Aug. 18, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry hit a legal roadblock in January when a judge struck down a $192 million oil and natural gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico over future global warming emissions from burning the fuels. It came at a pivotal time for Chevron, Exxon and other industry...