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Experts warn of election ‘havoc’ across the U.S. if North Carolina case succeeds

Legal experts on Thursday warned lawmakers on the U.S. House Administration Committee that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a North Carolina case that embraces a fringe election theory, it would undermine future elections across the country. ... Read more»

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Independent state legislature doctrine could reverse 200 years of progress, take power away from the people

In a case to be heard this year, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide that state legislatures have control over congressional elections, including the ability to draw voting districts for partisan political advantage, unconstrained by state law or constitutions. ... Read more»

Former Sen. DeConcini: Senate intelligence chairman scandal 'quite disturbing'

Former Arizona U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini said he is stunned that federal agents seized the cellphone of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) as part of an insider trading probe.... Read more»

Doctors raise concerns over the safety of 'keepsake' ultrasound photos

The FDA has repeatedly urged pregnant women to avoid medically unnecessary ultrasounds, saying it is aware of “several enterprises” in the U.S. that perform ultrasounds on pregnant women for entertainment’s sake and then sell the images as keepsake photographs and videos.... Read more»

Angry patients charged for telemedicine after being promised waived costs

Policymakers and insurers across the country say they are eliminating copayments, deductibles and other barriers to telemedicine for patients confined at home who need a doctor for any reason. But in a fragmented health system, the shift to cost-free telemedicine for patients is going far less smoothly than the speeches and press releases suggest. In some cases, doctors are billing for telephone calls that used to be free.... Read more»

Amid pandemic, gun control advocates celebrate wins on NRA’s home turf

Taking time out from overseeing Virginia’s response to the pandemic, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed a slate of bills: requiring universal background checks on firearm purchases, restricting handgun purchases to one a month and allowing law enforcement to seize guns from people who may be a risk to themselves or others.... Read more»

Early data shows African Americans disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions make the coronavirus more dangerous than it already is.... Read more»

CDC coronavirus testing decision likely to haunt nation for months to come

Distributed coronavirus tests are creating uneven health care results as rural and central U.S. health officials are better able to get a handle on the illnesses' spread than larger coastal cities.... Read more»

For Arizonans at Dem convention, interests vary but goal the same

With the GOP holding most state and congressional offices, it isn't always easy to be a Democrat in Arizona. That's one reason delegates are happy to be arriving in Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention. They're set for a week of meetings, events and speeches.... Read more»

Marine charged with making bomb threats on Tucson flight

A 24-year-old Marine from North Carolina was arrested and charged with making bomb threats aboard an airliner as it was taxiing for departure from Tucson International Airport for Phoenix on Monday morning.... Read more»

Firms offer benefits to same-sex couples ahead of laws

Last year, 52 percent of all employers offered domestic partner health benefits, with the percentage varying widely by region and industry. That’s up from 31 percent in 2010.... Read more»

Poll: Gay marriage supported by 50% of Americans

Half of Americans support legalizing same-sex marriage, a slight drop from last year but the second year in a row that a majority of the country believes gay marriages should be recognized by law.... Read more»

Hurricane Irene hits New York amid storm surge fears

Hurricane Irene barreled into New York City early Sunday after making its second landfall at Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, near Atlantic City.... Read more»

With Congress on recess, health reform politics emerge on homefront

While Americans remain divided over the new health reform law, they aren't clamoring for its repeal.... Read more»