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May 09, 2019 - 4:51 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story May 8 about a school safety bill signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, The Associated Press reported that the bill takes effect immediately. While nearly all of the recommendations made by a commission formed after a mass shooting at a Parkland high school took...
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Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the dioceses of Rome, at the Vatican Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 3:13 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to...
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May 08, 2019 - 2:15 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A clean-energy advocacy group wants an investigation into whether a North Carolina legislator is violating ethics laws by doing legal work for a Duke Energy Corp. gas pipeline project while also pushing legislation the company wants. The group NC WARN filed a complaint...
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Ames, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
May 08, 2019 - 9:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the public health consequences of addiction. Warren's new opioids measure is modeled on a 1990...
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Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, right, shakes hands with state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, after signing legislation, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they’re pregnant. Kemp said he was signing the bill “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state.” (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
May 07, 2019 - 4:17 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws, a measure that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Kemp, a Republican, said he...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the 2019 Season Joint Budget hearings, in Atlanta. Kemp is set to sign legislation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, banning abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
May 07, 2019 - 3:00 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the signing of an early abortion ban by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington, at sunset. The Justice Department’s ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 07, 2019 - 3:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws. The court's decision in a case...
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Jenny Teeson, center in white, of Andover, Minnesota, looks on as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs a bill at the Capitol in St. Paul, on Thursday, May 2, 2019, repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing sexual assault charges against people accused of raping their spouse. Teeson, testified before legislative committees earlier this year about how her now ex-husband drugged her and made a video of himself raping her while she was unconscious. Prosecutors dropped rape charges because of the old law, and he served just 30 days in jail for invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
May 04, 2019 - 3:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex. Three and a...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee takes part in a walk-through for his inauguration in War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Gov. Bill Lee has signed legislation that would likely make Tennessee the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms. It drew an immediate federal lawsuit. Tennessee's NAACP chapter and other voter registration groups sued after Lee signed the bill Thursday, May 2, 2019 backed by Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett. Groups submitting 100-plus incomplete registrations over a year could be fined. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
May 02, 2019 - 10:45 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor signed GOP-backed legislation Thursday that would likely make his state the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms, prompting a federal lawsuit and protests by critics who said it would suppress efforts to...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Liz Adeola sings a song at Heart & Seoul Karaoke in Salt Lake City. The state liquor commission said Tuesday, April 30 that beer will not be allowed at the Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden ax-throwing venue because neither fits the definition of a "recreational amenity," under a law that takes effect in mid-May. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)
May 02, 2019 - 6:55 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At least one lawmaker thinks people should have beer with their karaoke — even in conservative Utah. A new liquor law in the state has come under scrutiny by legislators and business owners after beer licenses were denied to a karaoke lounge and an ax-throwing venue...
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