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7 accusers write to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentencing judge

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven women who say Ghislaine Maxwell helped Jeffrey Epstein steal the innocence of their youth and poison the promise of their future are asking a judge to consider their pain as she decides what prison sentence she will dispense Tuesday to the incarcerated British ...

‘Mitt Romney Republican’ is now a potent GOP primary attack

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney isn't up for reelection this year. But Trump-aligned Republicans hostile toward the Utah senator have made his name a recurring theme in this year's primaries, using him as a foil and derisively branding their rivals "Mitt Romney Republicans." Republicans ...

Abortion foes, supporters map next moves after Roe reversal

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — A Texas group that helps women pay for abortions halted its efforts Saturday while evaluating its legal risk under a strict state ban. Mississippi's only abortion clinic continued to see patients while awaiting a 10-day notice that will trigger a ban. Elected ...

Vermont Statehouse vandalized in apparent abortion reaction

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Police at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier say the building was vandalized early Saturday when seven windows were broken and a message painted outside the main door reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that overturned a constitutional right to ...

Religious schools may face another hurdle to state tuition

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Religious schools got what they wanted when the Supreme Court allowed them to participate in a state tuition program. But the state attorney general said the ruling will be for naught unless the schools are willing to abide by the same antidiscrimination law as other ...

Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led states will ...

Senate confirmed justices to end Roe. How will voters react?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The end of Roe v. Wade started in the Senate. It was the Senate Republican partnership with President Donald Trump to confirm conservative judges, and transform the federal judiciary, that paved the way for the Supreme Court's landmark ruling to overturn the constitutional ...

Group asks for living wages, labor rights for 2026 World Cup

With this year's World Cup in Qatar clouded by labor and human rights issues, there's a push for the North American cities awarded games for the 2026 tournament to commit to livable wages, equitable hiring and worker protection. The Dignity 2026 coalition has brought together groups including ...

Officer suspended for off-duty actions at abortion protest

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty was suspended from his job with pay Saturday while the Providence Police Department conducts a criminal investigation into his actions. Jennifer Rourke, Rhode Island ...

Union: Strike could cost 4 Atlantic City casinos $2.6M a day

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A week before it could walk out on strike against numerous Atlantic City casinos, the resort's main casino workers union warned that a strike could cost four casinos a total of $2.6 million a day in losses. Local 54 of the Unite Here union issued a report Friday ...

NASA asteroid mission on hold due to late software delivery

NASA put an asteroid mission on hold Friday, blaming the late delivery of its own navigation software. The Psyche mission to a strange metal asteroid of the same name was supposed to launch this September or October. But the agency's Jet Propulsion Lab was several months late delivering its ...

Authorities identify man killed in Iowa grain silo collapse

YARMOUTH, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office on Friday identified a man killed in a grain silo collapse as a 30-year-old resident of the small southeast Iowa city of Winfield. Rickey Ryan Kammerer was killed in the collapse of a silo Tuesday morning at the Agri-way Grain ...

Guilty plea in crash that killed parents, injured 3 children

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A drunken driver who killed a mother and father and seriously injured their three young children as they looked at Christmas lights in Southern California pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder. Grace Elizabeth Coleman, 23, of Newport Beach also entered pleas ...

Graduating Uvalde High School class remembers slain children

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Almost 300 high school seniors received their diplomas Friday in Uvalde in the shadow of the massacre of 19 elementary school students and two teachers one month earlier. The 288 red-gowned Uvalde High School seniors sat in 100-degree heat at the school stadium on the ...

NC ranch welcomes dinosaurs back for a second season

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — After debuting last summer, the dinosaurs at Sweet Valley Ranch are ready to wake from their slumbers. Dinosaur World at Sweet Valley Ranch kicked off June 10. The attraction features animatronic dinosaurs with information and fun facts about each dinosaur for ...

California governor, lawmakers near deal on gas tax rebate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Most California taxpayers would get hundreds of dollars in cash to help offset the high price of fuel and other goods under a tentative budget compromise being discussed by legislative leaders and Gov. Gavin Newsom. The plan would return a portion of California's ...

Arizona Legislature’s GOP members OK school vouchers for all

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona lawmakers approved a massive expansion of the private school voucher system Friday night as the Legislature pushed closer to ending the 2022 legislative session. The school vouchers measure passed as thousands of demonstrators rallied outside the Capitol to ...

Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service. Guard ...

A look at 50 years of Supreme Court abortion decisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at some of the Supreme Court's major abortion rulings over the last 50 years. During that time, the court's membership and views on abortion regulations have changed. 1973 — The court legalizes abortion nationwide in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. 1976 — The ...

Indiana GOP leaders expect anti-abortion action this summer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top Indiana Republicans said Friday that they expect to see action toward tightening the state's abortion law during the Legislature's special session that is set to start next month. Leaders of the Republican-dominated Legislature said they were glad the U.S. Supreme ...