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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2015, file photo, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., convicted of capital murder, attempted murder and other charges, gestures as Johnson County deputies remove Miller from the courtroom during the sentencing phase of his trial at the Johnson County District Court in Olathe, Kan. A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion has opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas, including Miller Jr., argue that the abortion decision means the state's courts can enforce the broad guarantees of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" in the Bill of Rights in the Kansas Constitution. (Joe Ledford/The Kansas City Star via AP, Pool, File)
June 26, 2019 - 10:12 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue that the abortion decision means the state's courts...
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Supporters of the former government camp outside the headquarters of the constitutional court in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Moldova's police chief on Wednesday dismissed six officers who publicly backed a rival government, reflecting a continuing power struggle that has heightened political tensions in the impoverished ex-Soviet nation.(AP Photo/Roveliu Buga)
June 26, 2019 - 9:28 am
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — All six judges at Moldova's Constitutional Court, whose decisions have fueled a deep political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic, have resigned. The court said in a statement Wednesday that the judges stepped down and "the competent authorities will be notified in order to...
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Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrives at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 25, 2019 - 6:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With barely one day on the job, Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper is heading to Europe to try to persuade reluctant and increasingly wary NATO allies to work with the Trump administration on Iran sanctions and security in the Middle East, amid worries that the U.S. and the...
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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during a town hall community meeting, Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Washington High School in South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg faced criticism from angry black residents at the emotional town hall meeting, a week after a white police officer fatally shot a black man in the city. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 7:53 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A special prosecutor was requested Monday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in a case that has inflamed tensions between the black community and law enforcement and roiled the Democratic presidential campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2018 file photo, Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, speaks about NAFTA and Canada-US relations at an Empire Club meeting in Toronto. Craft is President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations. (Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 6:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The email went out from senior Environmental Protection Agency officials to Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, responding to questions she had about a funding matter. But the acknowledgment email the EPA got back a few hours later wasn't from the ambassador. It was from...
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June 23, 2019 - 3:57 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak has become the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race. The retired Navy admiral who calls himself "Admiral Joe" on his campaign website joins a crowded Democratic field seeking the nomination to challenge President Donald Trump...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, The U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court enters its final week with two issues to decide that could shape the distribution of political power for the next decade: whether to rein in political boundary-drawing for partisan gain and allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The justice also might say whether their election-year calendar will make room for President Donald Trump’s effort to end the Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 23, 2019 - 7:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court enters its final week of decisions with two politically charged issues unresolved, whether to rein in political line-drawing for partisan gain and allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Both decisions could affect the distribution of political power for...
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Twenty-one of the Democrats seeking the party's presidential nomination pose together after House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's "World Famous Fish Fry," Friday, June 21, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
June 22, 2019 - 1:48 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Almost the entire sprawling Democratic presidential field of more than 20 candidates took the same stage in the South's first primary state, looking to make connections in a primary battleground that has helped propel the party's last two nominees. Former Vice President Joe...
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House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn discusses economic disadvantages in the black community ahead of a presidential candidate forum on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Charleston, S.C., sponsored by the Black Economic Alliance. A handful of Democratic presidential contenders planned to speak at the gathering in the first state where minority voters will play a major role in next year's voting. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
June 22, 2019 - 1:00 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Almost the entire sprawling Democratic presidential field of more than 20 candidates took the same stage Friday in the South's first primary state, looking to make connections in a primary battleground that has helped propel the party's last two nominees. Former Vice President...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper speaks to soldiers and family members in Ft. Bragg, N.C. It’s a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent U.S. defense secretary. Amid all that, and more, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down this week and Esper, the man tapped to replace him on an interim basis appears to face legal hurdles that could initially prevent him from serving more than about six more weeks. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 21, 2019 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon. President Donald Trump's brinkmanship with Iran is on the boil, spilling beyond diplomacy to a planned air attack on Iran that Trump said he ordered, then pulled back at least for now. This, as the U.S. undertakes an unusual...
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