Conservative groups appeal in public-pay abortion challenge

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Anti-abortion groups are appealing after a judge dismissed a lawsuit to stop a law that'll expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions.

A Sangamon County judge ruled last week that courts shouldn't intervene in General Assembly "political questions."

The Catholic Thomas More Society filed a notice of appeal Tuesday on behalf of conservative groups and legislators. They're seeking an emergency injunction to keep the law from taking effect Monday.

State Rep. Peter Breen, a Lombard Republican who's special counsel for the society, says lawmakers passed the measure too late in 2017 for it to take effect Jan. 1 and didn't appropriate funding. Breen says there's still time to block the law from being implemented since processing requests for procedure reimbursements takes months.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the law in September.

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Opening statements to begin in Pennsylvania mayor's trial

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January 21, 2018 at 9:35 pm | ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the federal corruption trial of the mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city. Prosecutors say Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski ran...

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The Latest: Cher tells marchers to use their voice and vote

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January 21, 2018 at 5:45 pm | LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on women's marches taking place around the world (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Singer and actress Cher is urging thousands of people at a Las Vegas women's march an...

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Undercover report on Polish neo-Nazis sparks investigation

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January 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm | WARSAW, Poland (AP) An undercover television report that showed members of a Polish neo-Nazi group celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday and burning a swastika has prompted a criminal investigation. ...

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Trump campaign ad calls Dems 'complicit' in officers' deaths

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January 21, 2018 at 12:40 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump's re-election campaign released a provocative new ad accusing Democrats of being "complicit" in the slayings of law enforcement officers by people in the U.S....

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