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Lawsuit: NRA illegally funded Trump, Hawley, other GOP candidates

A federal lawsuit accuses the National Rifle Association of violating campaign finance laws by using shell companies to illegally funnel up to $35 million to Republican candidates, including former President Donald Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and others.

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Supreme Court questions Texas law banning most abortions

A majority of the Supreme Court signaled Monday they would allow abortion providers to pursue a court challenge to a Texas law that has virtually ended abortion in the nation’s second-largest state after six weeks of pregnancy.

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Prosecutors urge prison for Michael Avenatti in Nike case

New York prosecutors urged a judge Friday to order California lawyer Michael Avenatti to begin serving a 2 1/2-year prison term, more than a year after he was convicted of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike.

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Legal experts see strong self-defense claim for Rittenhouse

When Kyle Rittenhouse goes on trial Monday for shooting three men during street protests in Wisconsin that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake last summer, he'll argue that he fired in self-defense. Legal experts say under Wisconsin law he has a strong case.

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McCloskey against abortions for young rape or incest victims

Missouri Republican Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who is running for the U.S. Senate, said he does not support allowing abortions for young girls who become pregnant through rape or incest.

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Pandemic restrictions fuel recall efforts on fall ballots

Hospitals in Missouri were inundated with COVID-19 patients last summer when a group opposed to a mask mandate that had already expired gathered enough signatures to trigger a recall vote against the mayor who enacted it. Now the question about Mayor Brian Steele is on the ballot Tuesday in the small city of Nixa.

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