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President Donald Trump arrives in the House chamber before giving his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
February 06, 2019 - 12:09 am
Text of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by CQ: ___ Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans. We meet tonight in a moment of unlimited potential as we begin a new Congress, I...
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FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, of San Diego, addresses members of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, the California Legislature is opening an independent office to handle investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment or discrimination. "Our goals are clear: we need to protect victims and witnesses, hold perpetrators accountable, and restore employee and public confidence," said Atkins. But she added: "I realize we cannot be satisfied with our progress, because this step alone will not change the culture of this building." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 02, 2019 - 10:10 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon's labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers. A few days later, two Washington state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct...
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FILE - This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called “philosophical” exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout from the disease. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week declared a state of emergency because of the outbreak on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
February 01, 2019 - 5:00 pm
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout. At least 43 people in Washington and Oregon have...
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FILE - In t his Oct. 1, 2014, file photo, soft drinks are displayed for sale at a market in San Francisco. A federal appeals court has blocked a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks in a victory for beverage and retail groups that sued to block the ordinance. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says in a unanimous ruling Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, that the law violates constitutionally-protected commercial speech. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
January 31, 2019 - 7:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked for a second time a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks in a victory for beverage and retail groups that sued to block the ordinance. The law violates constitutionally...
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January 28, 2019 - 11:29 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government on Monday suspended the licensing of commercial marijuana-based products for medical use amid concern that foreign pharmaceutical companies might try to monopolize the market. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's decree orders the director of the...
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A protester holds up a sign as Roger Stone, right, a confidant of President Donald Trump, speaks outside of the federal courthouse following a hearing, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Stone was arrested Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
January 27, 2019 - 12:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone may be accused of lying and tampering with witnesses, but it's equally notable what he's not charged with: colluding with the Kremlin in a grand conspiracy to help Trump win the presidency in 2016. The case is the latest in a series brought by...
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January 26, 2019 - 3:59 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican Party has offered two replacement nominees for the state's reconstituted elections board after questions about whether a new law disqualified a pair of its original picks. State GOP Chairman Robin Hayes wrote a letter Saturday to the governor...
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In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, photo, Takakito Usui, a transgender man, cries while speaking during a press conference after Japan's Supreme Court handed down in Okayama, western Japan. Japan’s top court has upheld a law requiring sterilization for transgender people to get their gender changed on official documents but acknowledged the law is increasingly becoming out of step with the international standard. (Kyodo News via AP)
January 25, 2019 - 2:43 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Human rights and LGBT activists on Friday denounced a ruling by Japan's Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official documents. The court said the law is constitutional because it was...
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January 24, 2019 - 3:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church said Thursday it doesn't oppose hate-crimes legislation in Utah that includes protections for LGBT people, an announcement that could break a longtime legislative logjam on the issue. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' sought to clarify that it...
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Brian Toale, 65, a sexual abuse victim when he was a student in a Long Island Catholic school, and now a victims' rights activist, holds a copy of his yearbook photo from around the time he was abused, in New York on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Toale underwent years of therapy and still participates in a weekly 12-step program with other abuse victims, including several who still don't speak publicly about their experience. "When people do tell their stories and expose their abuser, it's so helpful," he said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
January 23, 2019 - 1:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results...
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