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Top eight stories for today including the Supreme Court found New York unconstitutionally restricted who gets to carry a concealed weapon in public; Federal prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Ghislaine Maxwell to between 30 and 55 years in prison; The sister of a Uvalde shooting victim pleaded with Texas lawmakers to pass gun control legislation, and more.

National

GOP lawmakers get high court backing to defend voting restrictions

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to let Republican lawmakers in North Carolina intervene on behalf of a voter-ID law now at odds with the state’s Democratic leadership. 

(NC.gov via Courthouse News)

Police who violate Miranda get high court shield

Law enforcement officers who fail to give suspects Miranda warnings cannot face lawsuits for violating that bedrock protection, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. 

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen behind a fence on May 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

White House builds coalition of East Coast governors to invest in wind power

Joining forces with 11 East Coast governors in an effort to provide Americans with cleaner energy, the White House on Thursday launched a federal-state partnership to further develop the offshore wind industry. 

This Feb. 18, 2022, photo shows land-based windmills in Atlantic City, N.J., that help power a sewage treatment plant. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Feds seek 30-year prison term for Ghislaine Maxwell

Federal prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Ghislaine Maxwell to between 30 and 55 years in prison for her role in recruiting and grooming underage girls for sex abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.

Prosecutors introduced this photo of Ghislaine Maxwell massaging Jeffrey Epstein's bare foot onboard the financier's private jet as evidence during Maxwell's sex trafficking trial in Manhattan federal court. (Department of Justice via Courthouse News)

Regional

Strict NY gun law struck down by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court split 6-3 on party lines Thursday in a ruling that says New York unconstitutionally restricted who gets to carry a concealed weapon in public. 

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association president Tom King poses for a photo Oct. 28, 2021, in East Greenbush, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Texas lawmakers urged to ‘do something’ about gun violence

The sister of a young girl fatally shot at her elementary school in Uvalde a month ago pleaded with Texas lawmakers on Thursday to pass gun control legislation.

Members of the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and the Committee on Youth Health and Safety hold a hearing Thursday, June 23, 2022, on the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde and possible reforms to avoid future massacres. (Kirk McDaniel/Courthouse News)

Liability back on the table for Harvard’s use of slave photos

A descendant of enslaved individuals who were stripped and photographed decades ago to advance a racist theory about the origins of the human race can pursue a civil lawsuit against Harvard University.

A daguerreotype of Papa Renty, an enslaved man from South Carolina in 1850. A woman who says she is Renty's descendant attached this image to a brief filed with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that seeks to revive her suit after it was dismissed. (Image via Courthouse News)

Justices rule for Georgia inmate seeking execution by firing squad

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Georgia death row inmate can challenge the state’s lethal injection protocol under federal civil rights law.

The U.S. Supreme Court on May 16, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)

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