Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a staunch opponent of President Donald Trump, died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.
The justices have voted 5-4 to overrule a state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
How Trump won his first fake emergency.
Kavanaugh sworn in as the 114th justice of the US Supreme Court, during a private ceremony at the court building after the bitterly polarised Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him.
The process to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reached a dramatic peak after the testimony of a woman accusing him of attempted rape. While the event is presented as TV theater, the reality of this process has very serious consequences.
Even as the US president throws weight behind embattled Brett Kavanaugh, his appointment to the high court faces severe challenge.
In picking the 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump aimed to entrench conservative control of the court for years to come with his second lifetime appointment to the nation's highest judicial body in his first 18 months as president.
US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement in July will give President Donald Trump an opportunity to appoint his second justice to the nine-seat bench, which exerts a deep and far-reaching influence on American life.
The justices refused to hear the administration's appeal of a federal judge's January 9 injunction that halted Trump's move to end a programme that benefits immigrants known as "Dreamers" implemented in 2012.
The Supreme Court action means people trying to enter the US from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad are affected, in addition to people from North Korea and certain Venezuelan officials.
US agencies remain uncertain about implementation of Trump's revised travel ban a day before it starts. Meanwhile, homeland security unveils enhanced security measures for arriving foreign flights, aiming to end laptop embargo.
The justices, in a 7-2 ruling, found that Missouri unlawfully prevented Trinity Lutheran Church access to a state grant programme.
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