Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ends federal abortion rights

The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the US in 1973. The court’s controversial but expected ruling gives individual states the power to set their own abortion laws without concern of running afoul of Roe, which had permitted … Read more

Republicans in Congress sought Trump pardons after Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Up to a half-dozen Republicans lawmakers who strongly supported then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of ballot fraud in the 2020 election sought pardons from him in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to testimony and evidence presented Thursday at the House select committee investigating the attack. Trump also talked about issuing … Read more

Supreme Court strikes down New York gun law on Second Amendment grounds

The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision Thursday struck down a New York state law that requires applicants for a license to carry a gun outside of their homes to have a “proper cause” to do so, saying it violated the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. The ruling in the case known as New … Read more

New offensive conduct laws introduced in Victoria after Eastern Freeway tragedy

New laws criminalizing grossly offensive conduct will be introduced into Victoria’s parliament today in direct response to the 2020 Eastern Freeway tragedy. Key points: The proposed laws criminalize grossly offensive public conduct The laws carry a jail term of up to five years The husband of an officer who died in the eastern Freeway tragedy … Read more

Israeli settlers at risk of losing special West Bank status

JERUSALEM — Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank may soon get a taste of the military rule that Palestinians have been living under for 55 years. If Israel’s parliament does not act, a special legal status accorded to the settlers will expire at the end of the month, with wide-ranging consequences. Lawyers who live … Read more

Armed man arrested near Brett Kavanaugh home

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. Tom-Williams | Pool | Reuters A California man armed with a handgun, a knife, pepper spray and burglary tools was … Read more

Spain to enforce ‘doggybag’ option in bars and restaurants

MADRID — Bars and in Spain will be obliged to offer “doggybags” free of charge to clients to take home the food they have not eaten under a new law aimed at reducing food waste. Under the new bill passed by the Spanish government Tuesday, businesses in the food chain will have to draw up … Read more

NY governor signs law raising age to own semiautomatic rifle

ALBANY, N.Y. — New Yorkers under age 21 will be prohibited from buying semiautomatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative following a wave of deadly mass shootings. Hochul, a Democrat, signed 10 gun-related bills, including one … Read more

Google hit by second UK antitrust probe into online ad dominance

The entrance to Google’s UK offices in London. Olly Curtis | Future Publishing | via Getty Images The UK’s competition regulator has opened a fresh investigation into Google, taking aim at the company’s role in the advertising technology market. It’s the second major antitrust probe to target Google’s ad practices in the UK The Competition … Read more

Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate

WASHINGTON — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on difficult questions surrounding hate crimes and gun safety. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., tried to nudge Republicans into taking up … Read more