Thu, Jul 25, 2013 11:11 AM EDT 1:00
Despite the Supreme Court's ruling in late June that weakened the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will use what's left of the law to go after what it considers discriminatory practices. Attorney General Eric H. Holder said the Justice Department would ask a court to require Texas to get permission from the federal government before making voting changes in that state for the next decade. The move opens a new chapter in the political struggle over election rules after the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act last month. Actress Shannon Guess Richardson of Texas, accused of sending ricin-laced letters to high-ranking officials including President Obama, has given birth prematurely while in custody, according to reports.