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Justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

Dec. 05, 2022 18:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority sounded sympathetic Monday to a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, the latest collision of religion and gay rights to land at the high court. The designer and her...

Bribery, fraud charges dismissed against ex-NY Lt. Governor

Dec. 05, 2022 17:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bribery and fraud charges against former New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin were tossed out Monday by a federal judge, leaving Benjamin to face only records falsification charges. Prosecutors notified the judge hours later that they were appealing the ruling. Six...

Arizona certifies 2022 election despite GOP complaints

Dec. 05, 2022 16:48 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top officials certified the midterm election results Monday, formalizing victories for Democrats over Republicans who falsely claimed the 2020 election was rigged. The certification opens a five-day window for formal election challenges. Republican Kari...

2 men suing the prosecutor's office that helped free them

Dec. 05, 2022 13:37 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans district attorney finds himself having to fight a lawsuit filed by two men who won their freedom with help from the district attorney's office. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports that Kuantay Reeder and Kaliegh Smith had their...

Same-sex couples wary despite federal marriage rights bill

Dec. 05, 2022 13:27 PM EST

Mary and Sharon Bishop-Baldwin were jubilant after winning a decadelong fight for the right to wed in Oklahoma. But eight years after tying the knot — on the day they won their lawsuit challenging a state ban on gay marriage — and seven years after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed...

EXPLAINER: Congress is acting on gay, interracial marriage

Dec. 05, 2022 01:07 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Legislation that ensures same-sex and interracial marriages are recognized as legal unions appears headed for final approval and President Joe Biden's signature, a bipartisan agreement that reflects a wider acceptance of gay rights in both Congress and the country. ...

Supreme Court weighs 'most important case' on democracy

Dec. 04, 2022 17:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is about to confront a new elections case, a Republican-led challenge asking the justices for a novel ruling that could significantly increase the power of state lawmakers over elections for Congress and the presidency. The court is set to hear...

Both sides see high stakes in gay rights Supreme Court case

Dec. 03, 2022 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is being warned about the potentially dire consequences of a case next week involving a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for same-sex couples. Rule for the designer and the justices will expose not only same-sex...

Nevada toad in geothermal power fight gets endangered status

Dec. 02, 2022 22:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A tiny Nevada toad at the center of a legal battle over a geothermal power project has officially been declared an endangered species, after U.S. wildlife officials temporarily listed it on a rarely used emergency basis last spring. “This ruling makes final the...

Indiana judge won't block probe over 10-year-old's abortion

Dec. 02, 2022 19:09 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Republican attorney general can keep investigating an Indianapolis doctor who spoke publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from neighboring Ohio, a judge ruled Friday. An attempt to block a probe by Attorney General Todd...