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Brazil manifestos seek to rein in Bolsonaro before election

Aug. 11, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilians poured into the University of Sao Paulo's law school to hear a manifesto denouncing the brutal military dictatorship and calling for a prompt return of the rule of law. That was 1977. Almost 45 years later to the day, thousands rallied at that same site...

Ex-Miss America Mund: Abortion ruling prompted US House run

Aug. 11, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former Miss America Cara Mund said Wednesday that her concern about the erosion of abortion rights prompted her independent bid for the U.S. House in her home state of North Dakota. Mund, who is running against the odds in deeply conservative North Dakota,...

Breyer, Gorsuch join to promote education about Constitution

Aug. 11, 2022 08:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has become the honorary co-chairman of a nonpartisan group devoted to education about the Constitution, joining Justice Neil Gorsuch at a time of intense political polarization and rising skepticism about the court's...

EXPLAINER: Online privacy in a post-Roe world

Aug. 10, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

The case of a Nebraska woman charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy after investigators obtained Facebook messages between the two has raised fresh concerns about data privacy in the post-Roe world. Since before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in...

Primary buoys GOP hopes in Minnesota attorney general race

Aug. 10, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A primary victory by a political novice has raised Republican hopes for winning the Minnesota attorney general's office for the first time in over 50 years. Financial attorney Jim Schultz's win over Doug Wardlow on Tuesday set him up to challenge Democratic...

Appeals court: Out-of-state petitioners can work in Montana

Aug. 10, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A law that said only Montana residents can gather signatures to qualify initiatives for the state ballot is unconstitutional, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The judges found that the residency requirement for signature...

Judge: Walgreens contributed to San Francisco opioid crisis

Aug. 10, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing highly addictive drugs for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law. ...

Federal horserace authority rules again blocked in 2 states

Aug. 10, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A national horse racing authority has again been blocked by a federal court from enforcing some of its rules in the states of Louisiana and West Virginia. A north Louisiana federal judge last month had blocked the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority from...

Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline needs environmental study

Aug. 10, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials won’t approve a natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming until additional environmental studies are completed. A U.S. District Court on Wednesday approved an agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and two environmental groups that filed a...

'Self-professed' white supremacist gets jail for Jan. 6 riot

Aug. 10, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

A Maryland man described by the FBI as a “self-professed” white supremacist was sentenced on Wednesday to four months of incarceration for storming the U.S. Capitol while wearing a court-mandated device that tracked his movements, court records show. U.S. District Judge Timothy...