EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis denies he is planning to resign soon

Unsubstantiated rumors fueled reports of imminent resignation Pope laughs off rumors of cancer: “Doctors didn’t tell me” Trips to Moscow, Kyiv appear more likely; possibly in September On US court decision, pope says abortion is ‘hiring a hit man’ VATICAN CITY, July 4 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has dismissed reports that he plans to resign … Read more

New York bans guns in many public places after Supreme Court ruling

NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) – New York state passed a law on Friday banning guns from many public places, including Times Square, and requiring gun-license applicants to prove their shooting proficiency and submit their social media accounts for review by government officials . The law, passed in an emergency legislative session, was forced by … Read more

Biden predicts states will try to arrest women who travel for abortions

WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden predicted on Friday that some US states will try to arrest women for crossing state lines to get abortions after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedures nationwide. Thirteen Republican-led states banned or severely restricted the procedure under so-called “trigger laws” after the court … Read more

Suspected truck driver in Texas migrant deaths was on meth, lawmaker says

53 migrants died in US border smuggling attempt Suspected driver charged with human trafficking offense Driver had meth in his system, lawmaker and US official say SAN ANTONIO, June 30 (Reuters) – The suspected driver of a truck packed with dozens of migrants who died in blazing heat during a Texas smuggling attempt was allegedly … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court expands state power over Native American tribes

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Wednesday dramatically increased the power of states over Native American tribes and undercut its own 2020 ruling that had expanded tribal authority in Oklahoma, handing a victory to Republican officials in that state. In a 5-4 decision authored by conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the court … Read more

Abortions can resume in Texas after judge blocks pre-Roe v. Wade ban

June 28 (Reuters) – Abortions can resume in Texas after a judge on Tuesday blocked officials from enforcing a nearly century-old ban the state’s Republican attorney general said was back in effect after the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedure nationwide. The temporary restraining order by Judge Christine Weems in Harris … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court allows Louisiana electoral map faulted for racial bias

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a Republican-drawn map of Louisiana’s six US House of Representatives districts that had been blocked by a judge who found that it likely discriminates against Black voters, a setback for Democrats as they try to retain control of Congress in November’s elections. The justices … Read more

Louisiana judge temporarily blocks abortion ban after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

June 27 (Reuters) – A Louisiana judge on Monday temporarily blocked the state from enforcing Republican-backed laws banning abortion that were set to take effect after the US Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision to end the constitutional right to the procedure nationwide. Louisiana is one of 13 states with “trigger laws” designed to ban or severely … Read more

Large U.S. law firms mostly quiet on abortion ruling, are walking a ‘tightrope’

June 26 (Reuters) – The largest US law firms did not take a public stance following the US Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade on Friday, diverging from the approach of some major companies that have made statements on the closely watched abortion case. The high court’s 6-3 Dobbs decision upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi … Read more

Biden signs gun safety bill into law, takes swipe at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the first major federal gun reform in three decades, days after a decision he condemned by the Supreme Court expanding firearm owners’ rights. “God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives,” Biden said at the White House after signing … Read more