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Venezuelan Bolivarian National stand guard around the National Assembly building as the opposition-controlled congress met to discuss a move could provide political cover for greater international involvement in the nation's crisis, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Military police prevented journalists from entering the National Assembly, and some reporters were harassed by government supporters outside the building. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
May 07, 2019 - 5:36 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's top court opened a criminal investigation against six opposition lawmakers Tuesday following last week's failed attempt to spark a military uprising against President Nicolás Maduro. The lawmakers are suspected of "betraying the homeland" and "instigating an...
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Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, right, shakes hands with state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, after signing legislation, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they’re pregnant. Kemp said he was signing the bill “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state.” (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
May 07, 2019 - 2:36 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws, a measure that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Kemp, a Republican, said he...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington, at sunset. The Justice Department’s ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 07, 2019 - 2:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws. The court's decision in a case...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2011, file photo Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas laughs while talking with other guests at The Federalist Society's 2011 Annual Dinner in Washington. Thomas is now the longest-serving member of a court that has recently gotten more conservative, putting him in a unique and potentially powerful position, and he’s said he isn’t going away anytime soon. With President Donald Trump’s nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh now on the court, conservatives are firmly in control as the justices take on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control and LGBT rights.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
May 04, 2019 - 11:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment. Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991 confirmation hearing, when he was accused of sexual harassment charges by former employee Anita Hill — charges he...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2019 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, speaks flanked by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, right, and Gen. Ivan Hernandez, second from right, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence in Caracas, Venezuela. The Associated Press has learned that at least twice since 2016, the U.S. government missed chances to cultivate relations with regime insiders, including Padrino and Hernández, who National Security Adviser John Bolton said backed out of a plan to topple Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
May 04, 2019 - 2:16 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Around May 2017, an unusual request from a prominent Venezuelan general made its way to the White House: Gen. Ivan Hernández, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence, wanted to send his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery and needed...
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In this photo taken Saturday April 27, 2019, South Africa's athlete Caster Semenya competes in an event at a meeting in Johannesburg. Semenya lost her Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal Wednesday May 1, 2019, against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners.(AP Photo/Roger Sedres)
May 02, 2019 - 12:27 pm
Track and field's governing body said Thursday it plans to enforce its new rules on testosterone levels in female runners more widely than sports' highest court is recommending, dealing another setback to Olympic sensation Caster Semenya. On Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that...
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May 01, 2019 - 5:11 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Congress rendered former President Barack Obama's signature health care law completely unconstitutional in 2017 by eliminating the tax penalty for not having insurance, the Trump administration and a coalition of Republican-led states told a federal appeals court Wednesday. The "...
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FILE - In this May 19, 2017 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures to supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been in self imposed exile since 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
May 01, 2019 - 5:38 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local): 11:35 a.m. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has apologized unreservedly for skipping bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy. In a letter read by attorney Mark Summers, Assange...
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Fireworks launched by opponents of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro land near Bolivarian National Guard armored vehicles loyal to Maduro, during an attempted military uprising in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Opposition leader Juan Guaido took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops in a call for the military to rise up. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 30, 2019 - 8:32 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaidó took a bold step to revive his movement to seize power in Venezuela, taking to the streets Tuesday to call for a military uprising that drew quick support from the Trump administration and fierce resistance from forces loyal to socialist...
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Women's heath clinic escorts, from left Mia Raven, Margeaux Hartline and Kari Crowe walk into the gallery to watch debate on the abortion ban bill at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 30, 2019. The House of Representatives on Tuesday will debate the proposal to make performing an abortion a felony. The bill contains an exemption for the mother's health but not for rape or incest. The legislation is purposely designed to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationally. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 30, 2019 - 6:32 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw almost all abortions in the state as conservatives take aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 74-3 for legislation that would make...
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