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Top eight stories for today including Russia began launching more long-range missiles against Ukraine's military; Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings kicked off in the Senate; Stacey Abrams sued to challenge a Georgia law that gives incumbents a fundraising advantage, and more.

National

Jackson’s Supreme Court hearing opens with praise for historic nomination

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's path toward becoming the first Black woman and first former federal public defender to serve on the nation's highest court kicked off Monday at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson poses for a portrait, Feb., 18, 2022, in her office at D.C. Circuit in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Alito and Thomas eye bigger carveout for churches to discriminate in hiring

A church accused of discriminating against a bisexual lawyer lost its bid for a Supreme Court hearing but still caught the attention of two conservative justices Monday.

(Image by Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

North Carolina lawmakers vying to defend voter ID law find receptive high court audience

The Supreme Court offered a good outlook Monday for North Carolina Republicans who want to take up the mantle in defense of a 2018 law that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington on Sept. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

End of the road for disgruntled fantasy sports players suing MLB

The Second Circuit shut the door Monday on users of a fantasy sports site trying to hold Major League Baseball liable for letting them bet on a zero-sum game.

A fan holds a sign criticizing a sign-stealing scandal during a spring training baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Regional

Steelworkers strike at Chevron refinery in California

Members of the United Steelworkers Union 5 walked off the job at the Chevron refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday, after negotiations with Chevron management broke down.

Operators holds up picket signs and acknowledge motorists honking horns outside the Chevron Corp. refinery, Monday, March 21, 2022, in Richmond, Calif. More than 500 workers at the refinery in the San Francisco Bay area went on strike early Monday in a contract dispute. The United Steelworkers union said in an email that the strike affecting the refinery in the city of Richmond began at 12:01 a.m. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Stacey Abrams sues to lift Georgia limits on candidate fundraising

Georgia's only Democratic candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging a state law that gives incumbents the ability to raise campaign money without limits while primary candidates must wait until they become their party's official nominee.

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the National Press Club in Washington in 2019. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy, File)

International

Ukraine war escalates as Russia fires more missiles, Mariupol turns apocalyptic

In the fourth week of a war becoming ever more apocalyptic, Russia has begun using more long-range missile attacks against military targets and continued to bomb Ukrainian cities it has surrounded.

A man walks with his dog amid the destruction caused after shelling of a shopping center in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday, March 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Danish energy giant takes heat for long-term contract with Russia’s Gazprom

In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, all Danish companies dealing with Russia have been in the public spotlight. Perhaps no one more than the country’s largest energy company Ørsted A/S, which has the Danish government as its main stakeholder.

A wind farm in the North Sea.

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