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SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Tuesday to uphold California's ban on large-scale ammunition magazines in a ruling that is likely to lead to the court's approval of the state's ban on assault weapons. In an en banc decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-3 that a state law that limits the size of magazines that may be used with firearms does not significantly ...

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's new conservative majority on Wednesday will weigh the fate of a famous liberal precedent: the Roe vs. Wade decision and the right of pregnant women to choose abortion. Lawyers for Mississippi will defend a law that bans abortions after 15 weeks, and they will urge the court to go further and overrule the right to abortion set in 1973. The nine justices and the ...

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When Dina Neal, the first African American woman elected to the Nevada Assembly, came to the state Capitol in 2011, she wore her hair in braids. Her hairstyle was a practical choice. Carson City was snowy and cold, “and I did not want to wear my wet hair out every day in 25-degree weather,” she said. In 2013, a white staffer told Neal her hairstyle was “unprofessional” and “inappropriate.” The ...

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BALTIMORE — When state lawmakers return to Annapolis for a special legislative session next month, they’ll face a question that has vexed some of them: Should they decriminalize needles, syringes and other supplies used by people who use drugs? A majority of lawmakers approved a bill last spring that removes certain supplies from the list of banned drug paraphernalia in Maryland. But it was ...

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The multiple guilty verdicts last Wednesday against three white Georgia men who cornered and murdered a Black jogger marked a refreshing turn of justice. A jury drew a much-needed line between stand-your-ground laws and gun-carrying vigilantes who have been emboldened to go on human hunting sprees. The nearly all-white jury decided that spurious assertions of self-defense and false allegations ...

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Consider the array of civil and human rights protected by Supreme Court landmark rulings in the last century: Public schools cannot be racially segregated. A person of one race has the right to marry someone of another race. A person has the right to marry someone of the same sex. And a woman has a right to a legal abortion. Today, all but one of those landmark rulings are accepted and ...

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Botswana’s highest court ruled to legalize homosexuality, ending a years-long court dispute and making the southern African nation one of the few on the continent to end discrimination against same-sex relationships. The Court of Appeal on Monday threw out a challenge by the government against a 2019 high court ruling to strike down sections of a law that criminalized unions between consenting ...