Biden promises to codify Roe if two more Democrats are elected to Senate

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters President Joe Biden vowed Friday that Democrats will codify the right to an abortion into law if two more are elected to the U.S. Senate … Read more

Putin assuages India over Ukraine as he courts key allies

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought Friday to assuage India’s concern about the conflict in Ukraine as he works to court key allies, saying that Moscow wants to see a quick end to the fighting and alleging Ukrainian officials won’t negotiate. Putin spoke while meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the … Read more

Lindsey Graham abortion ban bill splits GOP on midterm message

Republicans are distancing themselves from Sen. Lindsey Graham’s new proposal to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, as Democrats hold up the bill as proof the GOP seeks to restrict abortion nationwide if it wins control of Congress in the November midterm elections. In Graham’s proposal, Democrats see another chance to leverage an … Read more

Montana defies order on transgender birth certificates

BILLINGS, Mont. — Just hours after a Montana judge blocked health officials from enforcing a state rule that would prevent transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificate, the Republican-run state on Thursday said it would defy the order. District Court Judge Michael Moses chided attorneys for the state during a hearing in … Read more

6 men arrested in rape, killing of teenage Indian sisters

LUCKNOW, India — Six men were arrested Thursday in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly raping and killing two teenage girls whose bodies were found hanging from a tree a day earlier. The 15- and 17-year-old girls belonged to the Dalit community, the lowest rung of India’s rigid caste hierarchy, and were … Read more

DeSantis seeks dismissal of suit by suspended prosecutor

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a federal judge to throw out a free speech lawsuit filed by a Democratic prosecutor he suspended from office over statements about not pursuing criminal charges in abortion, transgender rights and certain low-level cases. The Republican governor told U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of Tallahassee in … Read more

Ford to appeal $1.7 billion verdict in Georgia truck crash

WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Ford Motor Co. plans to appeal a $1.7 billion verdict against the automaker after a pickup truck crash that claimed the lives of a Georgia couple, a company representative said Sunday. Jurors in Gwinnett County, just northeast of Atlanta, returned the verdict late last week in the yearslong civil case involving what … Read more

Little change in Kansas abortion recall; 1 county not done

TOPEKA, Kan. — Results from eight of nine Kansas counties that recounted ballots found fewer than 35 changed votes from the Aug. 2 election, when voters soundly rejected a proposed amendment that would have removed abortion rights from the state’s constitution. The counties faced a 5 p.m. Saturday deadline to complete the hand recounts of … Read more

Washington state school shooter sentenced to 40 years

SPOKANE, Wash. — Caleb Sharpe, who shot one classmate to death and wounded three others five years ago in a Washington state high school, apologized to his victims before he was sentenced Friday to at least 40 years in prison. Sharpe, who was 15 at the time of the 2017 shootings, pleaded guilty early this … Read more

Saudi doctoral student gets 34 years in prison for tweets

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Saudi court has sentenced a doctoral student to 34 years in prison for spreading “rumors” and retweeting dissidents, according to court documents obtained Thursday, a decision that has drawn growing global condemnation. Activists and lawyers consider the sentence against Salma al-Shehab, a mother of two and a researcher at … Read more