A year after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the country's top abortion-rights activists warned that the Supreme Court’s recent inaction on Texas’ extremely restrictive new abortion law could signal the end of judicial checks and balances on the issue. “For a lot of people, they’ve always assumed that, even if they lived in a state that passed restrictions on reproductive care, that there was always a judicial system that would be there to protect them and declare these laws unconstitutional,” Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, told The Associated Press in an interview this week. To coincide with Saturday's anniversary of the death of Ginsburg, whom she called “a trailblazer and advocate for women everywhere,” Richards released an open letter warning that Texas' Republican leaders "have outlined a roadmap for other Republican governors to follow suit, with the acquiescence of the Supreme Court.”
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — U.S. officials said Saturday that within the next three days, they plan to ramp up expulsion flights for some of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have gathered in a Texas city from across the border in Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that it moved about 2,000 migrants out of Del Rio to other locations on Friday for processing and possible removal from the United States. The announcement marks a swift response to the sudden arrival of tho
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself uncharacteristically ahead of it with that lofty pronouncement. Some of the nation's top medical advisers on Friday delivered a stinging rebuke of the idea, in essence telling the White House: not so fast. A key government
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays placed center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on the COVID-19 related IL due to general illness symptoms and purchased the contract of right-hander Joey Krehbiel from Triple-A Durham before Saturday’s game against Detroit. Kiermaier was pinch-hit for during the sixth inning of Friday night’s 7-4, 10-inning win over the Tigers. The defensive wizard is hitting .247 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 110 games. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly is relying on a vaccine honor system for world leaders before they speak at next week’s meeting. Presidents, premiers, monarchs and other dignitaries won’t have to show vaccination cards or other proof of inoculation. Assembly President Abdulla Shahid says they’ll simply attest to being vaccinated by swiping their ID badges. The U.N. has been wrestling with how to implement a New York City vaccination requirement for convention centers. Russia has criti
Smart contract cryptocurrency Fantom (FTM) has gained almost 7,000% since the start of this year -- even more than the popular crypto Dogecoin (DOGE). Fantom reached an all-time high of $1.93 on Sept. 9, according to CoinMarketCap data. At that point, if you'd have bought $1,000 of Fantom on January 1, it would have been worth almost $100,000.
New Delhi [India], September 18 (ANI): After the Trinamool Congress (TMC) mouthpiece stated that Rahul Gandhi failed to project himself as an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday said that such comments weaken Opposition unity.
There wasn't an empty seat in a makeshift courtroom at Regina's Conexus Arts Centre Friday, the last day of arguments in a sentencing hearing for a teenager convicted of fatally stabbing a 16-year-old in 2018. Following final arguments from the Crown and defence lawyers, the teen offered an apology to Erica "Eliza" Hill O'Watch's family and friends watching from the gallery. "I'm not asking you to forgive and forget because I know what you see when you look at me," the now 18-year-old told the r
Amritsar (Punjab) [India], September 18 (ANI): Terming Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh's resignation from the post of Punjab Chief Minister, a 'failure' of Congress in the state, BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh on Saturday and accused the Congress of protecting 'mafia raj' and promoting 'donism' in the state instead of eliminating them.
Nadine Dorries should write what she likes. And I’ll read what I likeHigh brow, low brow – for heaven’s sake, just pick up a book Prolific author and new culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, attends her first cabinet meeting. Photograph: Mark Thomas/REX/Shutterstock
A popular steep stairway structure that extends over Hawaii’s Ko’olau mountain range on the island of Oahu is likely to be removed to due regular and illegal hiking, following a Honolulu City Council vote on Wednesday, September 8.The Haiku Stairs, often dubbed the “Stairway to Heaven”, was built by the United States Navy in the 1950s to provide access to military communications facilities, but for decades has been a major attraction to hikers due to its sweeping views of the island.This footage from Maximilian Alarcon shows visitors hiking the stairs. Alarcon told Storyful he recorded the video in September 2020.The area, however, is not open to the public and, according to Hawaii News Now, local residents have long complained of trespassing and safety issues.Councilmembers, citing the illegal visits and fearing rising maintenance and security costs, unanimously voted on September 8 to remove the stairs under a $1 million plan that was later approved by Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Honolulu Civil Beat reported. Credit: Maximilian Alarcon via Storyful
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's Communist Party, the country's second-largest political party, is alleging widespread violations in the election for a new national parliament in which his party is widely expected to gain seats. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov said Saturday — the second of three days of voting in the election — that police and the national elections commission must respond to reports of “a number of absolutely egregious facts” including ballot-stuffing in several region
Greece opened a new holding camp for migrants on Saturday on the island of Samos, close to Turkey, and said other new facilities would follow in coming months as it tightens migration policy. Aid groups said the new facility, which will house asylum seekers and people to be deported, looked more like a jail with its fence topped by barbed wire. The Mediterranean country was at the frontline of Europe's migration crisis in 2015 and 2016 when a million refugees fleeing war and poverty from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan arrived, mainly via Turkey.