Ohioans were overlooked as the fight for the political map dragged on | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JULIE CARR SMYTH – Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Accusations have been flying for months over who is to blame for Ohio’s redistricting predicament — a mess of a political mapping fight that has left the state without established political maps and voters without a day to elect party candidates for Statehouse seats. … Read more

Judge: COVID asylum restrictions must continue at border | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KEVIN McGILL and ELLIOT SPAGAT – Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the southern border must continue, a judge said Friday in an order blocking the Biden administration’s plan to lift them early in next week. The decision was just the latest example of a court derailing … Read more

Migrants cross border amid legal uncertainty over asylum rule | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ELLIOT SPAGAT – Associated Press EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — As U.S. officials waited impatiently, many migrants crossing the border from Mexico on Friday were oblivious to a pending momentous court ruling on whether to maintain pandemic-related powers who refuse a chance to seek asylum on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19. The … Read more

Abortion-rights religious supporters say God is on their side | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By CLAIRE GALOFARO – National AP Editor TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — It was lunchtime at the abortion clinic, so the recovery room nurse pulled her Bible out of her bag in the closet and started reading. “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” her favorite saying goes, and … Read more

Oklahoma passes toughest abortion ban; services to stop | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By SEAN MURPHY – Associated Press Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill banning all abortions with few exceptions, and providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the governor signs it into law. latest example of the GOP’s national push to restrict access to what’s been … Read more

Lawyers: Georgia man’s death sentence is unconstitutional | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KATE BRUMBACK – Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a Georgia man whose execution was stayed by a judge this week argue he is not eligible for execution because he has cognitive impairments that cause him to function as a young child or a person with an intellectual disability. Lawyers for Virgil Delano … Read more

Georgia appeals stay order scheduled for Tuesday | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KATE BRUMBACK – Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The state of Georgia is appealing a judge’s ruling that stayed the execution of a man who killed an 8-year-old girl and raped her 10-year-old friend 46 years ago. Virgil Delano Presnell Jr., 68, abducted and attacked the two girls on their way home from school … Read more

Execution of Georgian man who killed girl temporarily suspended | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KATE BRUMBACK – Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily delayed the execution of a Georgia man who was to die Tuesday for killing an 8-year-old girl 46 years ago. Virgil Delano Presnell Jr., 68, killed the girl and raped her 10-year-old friend after abducting them on their way home from … Read more

Judge dismisses Hanford workers’ COVID-19 vaccine objections | Health, Medicine and Fitness

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several hundred employees of the Hanford Nuclear Reserve and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., over COVID-19 vaccine requirements . The lawsuit was filed in November to end enforcement of President Joe Biden’s executive orders requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for Department of … Read more

Judge dismisses Hanford workers’ COVID-19 vaccine objections | Health, Medicine and Fitness

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several hundred employees of the Hanford Nuclear Reserve and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., over COVID-19 vaccine requirements . The lawsuit was filed in November to end enforcement of President Joe Biden’s executive orders requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for Department of … Read more