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Legal armies ready if cloudy election outcome heads to court

Absentee ballots are seen in a locked ballot box during early voting at the Park Slope Armory YMCA, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WASHINGTON — Signature matches. Late-arriving absentee votes. Drop boxes. Secrecy envelopes. Democratic and Republican lawyers already have gone to court over these issues in the run-up to Tuesday’s election. But the legal fights could take on new urgency, not to ...

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Justice Barrett joins Supreme Court arguments for first time

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON — She didn’t have to wear a black robe or even be in Washington, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined her new colleagues at the Supreme Court on Monday to hear arguments for the first time. Because of the ...

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Supreme Court changes fuel moves to protect abortion access

A vast swath of West Texas has been without an abortion clinic for more than six years. Planned Parenthood plans to change that with a health center it opened recently in Lubbock. It’s a vivid example of how abortion-rights groups ...

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Johnny Depp loses UK libel case over ‘wife-beater’ claims

LONDON — Johnny Depp lost his high-stakes libel case Monday against The Sun tabloid newspaper for labelling him a “wife beater,” as a British judge said he believed the actor had abused his ex-wife and that she frequently feared for ...

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Taking a stand has new meaning in heavily litigated election

In the most litigious presidential election in memory, court fights are even happening over where poll watchers may stand as the votes are tallied. Lawsuits by the hundreds already have been filed — with the prospect of many more before ...

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Court won’t back gun ban outside Michigan polling places

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Democratic state official who wants to ban the open carry of guns outside polling places. The court, in a 3-0 order, declined to hear the case ...

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Cyberattack hits Vermont network, including 6 hospitals

A cyberattack has caused significant, ongoing computer network problems for the University of Vermont Health Network, affecting its six hospitals in Vermont and New York, officials said Thursday. The network is working with the FBI and the Vermont Department of ...

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Illinois judge to rule on Rittenhouse extradition to Kenosha

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is among those slated to testify Friday during a hearing in Illinois to decide if her son should be extradited across the border to ...

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Rochester police accused of excessive force

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An Orleans County man is suing the city of Rochester and city police alleging excessive force and a failure to provide medical attention. Buffalo attorney Christopher M. Pannozzo filed a 45-page complaint on behalf of plaintiff Ronald Brink on Thursday ...

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Supreme Court issues flurry of last-minute election orders

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — North Carolina, yes. Pennsylvania, yes. Wisconsin, no. That’s how the Supreme Court has answered questions in recent days about an extended timeline for receiving and counting ballots in those states. In each case, Democrats backed the extensions and ...

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Lawsuit says census takers were pressured to falsify data

The U.S. Census Bureau was able to claim it had reached 99.9% of households when the 2020 census ended two weeks ago because census takers were pressured to falsify data as the statistical agency cut corners and slashed standards, according ...

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