Southeastern Georgia state joins a string of other GOP-controlled states moving to enact strict ban on abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.
With Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement at the end of July from the highest court in the United States, US President Donald Trump says he will nominate a replacement from a list of 25 for the lifetime appointment.
Ledell Lee is the first inmate to be executed in the state in 12 years after a protracted legal battle that questioned aspects of the use of the death penalty in the US. It was the first of what could be a flurry of executions in the state.
Neil Gorsuch, picked by President Donald Trump and confirmed by Republican-led Senate, was sworn in White House and is poised to have instant impact on a court once again dominated by conservatives.
Presided over by Vice President Mike Pence, the 54-45 near party-line vote caps a partisan saga that has seen Republicans pursue what many call the ''nuclear option''.
The Senate approved a rule change dubbed the "nuclear option" to allow for conservative judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation by Friday.
The Senate's Republican leaders insist Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed on the Senate floor on Friday regardless of what the Democrats do.
US Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says the recent criticism of federal judges was "disheartening."
The US president named federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left by the death last year of Antonin Scalia after Republicans refused to consider Obama's pick for the vacancy.
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