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Alabama Execution Called off for Time and Medical Concerns
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Alabama Execution Called off for Time and Medical Concerns

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated PressATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials called off the Thursday lethal injection of a man convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting because of time concerns and trouble accessing the inmate’s veins.Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said prison officials called off the execution after they determined inmate Arthur Miller’s “veins could not be accessed in accordance with our protocol” before a midnight deadline to get the execution underway. Miller has been returned to his cell at the south Alabama prison, Hamm said.The halt to the execution came three hours after a divided U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution to begin. The 5-4 decision lifted an injunction granted after Miller’s attorneys said the state lost his paperwork requesting hi...
Federal trial over Texas political maps delayed by evidence disputes
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Federal trial over Texas political maps delayed by evidence disputes

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The legal fight over the shape of Texas political representation for the next decade won’t be decided until next year after a federal panel agreed Tuesday to delay a trial over new political maps. The federal three-judge panel hearing the case pushed the start of the trial, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 28, following a flurry of disputes over discovery that left both the state and the various plaintiff groups questioning whether they’d have enough time to prepare to make their cases in a federal court in El Paso. The court said it would announce a new trial at a later time. The maps passed by ...
New Trial for N. Carolina Insurance Magnate Set for March
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New Trial for N. Carolina Insurance Magnate Set for March

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A new trial for a North Carolina-based insurance magnate whose previous convictions on corruption-related charges were overturned is set for early March, a federal judge decided on Monday.Attorneys for Greg E. Lindberg and the U.S. government met with U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn, who set a schedule for proceedings leading to a tentative trial date, according to a description of the hearing posted on the federal courts’ web site.Cogburn released Lindberg from a minimum-security prison in Alabama last month, weeks after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Lindberg's convictions from March 2020 and ordered a new trial.Lindberg had been sentenced to more than seven years after being convicted of attempting to bribe North Carolina’s insurance commissioner...
Sen. Graham Testimony in Georgia Election Probe Put on Hold
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Sen. Graham Testimony in Georgia Election Probe Put on Hold

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court on Sunday agreed to temporarily put on hold a lower court's order requiring that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham testify before a special grand jury that’s investigating illegal plots to overturn Donald Trump's 2020 presidential election loss in Georgia.A subpoena had instructed the South Carolina Republican to appear before the special grand jury on Tuesday.U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May had denied Graham's request last Monday to quash his subpoena and on Friday rejected his effort to put her decision on hold while he appealed. Graham's lawyers then appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.On Sunday, a three-judge panel of the appeals court issued the order temporarily pausing May's order declining to qua...
Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis
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Walgreens Contributed to San Francisco Opioid Crisis

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated PressSAN 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.San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said the pharmacy chain “continually violated what they were required to do under the federal Controlled Substances Act,” failing to track opioid prescriptions, preventing pharmacists from vetting prescriptions and “nor did they see the many red flags of physicians and others who were dramatically over-prescribing.”“Pharmacists were pressured to fill, fill, fill," he said, “and as a result, Walgreens filled our streets with op...
Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban
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Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway.Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho Legislature is asking for permission to intervene in the federal case, just as it has done in three other abortion-related lawsuits filed in state courts.“If allowed to go into effect, the Idaho law will cause significant irreparable harm, including to the public health of patients across Idaho,” Justice Department attorney Lisa Newman wrote in court documents filed Monday.The Justice Department sued Idaho last week over the state's strict abortion ban, saying it would force doctors ...
Some Republicans see good politics in same-sex marriage bill
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Some Republicans see good politics in same-sex marriage bill

WASHINGTON -- When asked if he’d support legislation to protect same-sex marriage, one conservative Republican senator was almost nonchalant. “I see no reason to oppose it,” Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told reporters, bringing Democrats one vote closer to an unexpected victory as they move to safeguard same-sex marriage and other rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.Johnson’s answer, which came after 47 Republicans voted for the bill in the House last week, was reflective of a stark shift in GOP positioning after decades of fighting same-sex marriage. Ten years ago, most Republicans proudly espoused that marriage could only be between a man and a woman. Now, a federal law protecting same-sex marriage is within reach in a...
Abortion Access Finds a Place Even in Down-Ballot Campaigns
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Abortion Access Finds a Place Even in Down-Ballot Campaigns

By SUSAN HAIGH and JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Appearing bare-shouldered in a TV ad, Connecticut Democrat Dita Bhargava looks directly into the camera and promises, if elected, to “lead the crusade" for abortion rights.Photos of other women flash on the screen, also with no clothes showing. “This is who have freedom over their own bodies stripped away,” Bhargava says in the commercial, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion. “This is who the Supreme Court left completely vulnerable.”It would make sense to think Bhargava is running for governor, state legislature or Congress — positions that could play a direct role in future abortion laws. She's not. She's a candidate for state treasurer.Bhargava,...
2 Cops Face Sentencing for Violating George Floyd’s Rights
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2 Cops Face Sentencing for Violating George Floyd’s Rights

By AMY FORLITI, Associated PressST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The last two former Minneapolis police officers to be sentenced for violating George Floyd's civil rights are scheduled to learn their penalties Wednesday, which could set in motion another round of plea deal discussions in state court over a killing that sparked a reckoning on racial injustice.J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were convicted in February of two counts of violating Floyd's civil rights in the 2020 slaying. The jury found they deprived the 46-year-old Black man of medical care and failed to stop Derek Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd's neck for 9 1/2 minutes while Floyd gasped for air.Kueng held Floyd’s back, former Officer Thomas Lane held his feet and Thao kept back bystanders, some of whom recorded video that led to worl...