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Vermont lawmakers continue to seek gun-buy waiting period

Jan. 26, 2020 11:40 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in the Vermont Legislature are still trying to hammer out new gun laws after Republican Gov. Phil Scott last year vetoed gun legislation. He had argued that Vermont has done enough to regulate firearms and that there wasn't enough data on waiting periods. On...

FILE - In this June 14, 2007, file photo, Abraham Lincoln's iconic stovepipe hat of questioned authenticity is photographed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. Now that there is no concrete evidence that the felted beaver-fur hat ever sat atop Lincoln's 6-foot-4 frame, the foundation that bought the hat as part of a 1,500-piece, $23 million deal with California collector Louise Taper is not considering asking for a refund. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)

If the $6.5M hat isn't Lincoln's, why not ask for a refund?

Jan. 25, 2020 4:18 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In 2007, Springfield's gleaming new shrine to Abraham Lincoln was open, but it lacked touchstone pieces to show off, so organizers paid $6.5 million for the most symbolic Lincoln artifact available: one of the 16th president's stovepipe hats. A dozen years and as many studies and...

In this Sept. 29, 1964 photo, Rev. Martin Luther King, foreground, speaks with the media speaks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention in Savannah, Ga. Ralph D. Abernathy, center, and Andrew Young, top, listen. Savannah Morning News photo chief Steve Bisson discovered the image along with 13 other negatives submerged within the newspaper’s old photo files, showing documentation of two Savannah appearances by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. (Savannah Morning News via AP)

Archived photos rekindle need to keep MLK's legacy alive

Jan. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — As Savannah Morning News photo chief Steve Bisson worked through a half-century-old box of negatives to catalog and scan, he made a discovery. Submerged within the newspaper’s old photo files, 14 negatives provided documentation of two Savannah appearances by the Rev. Martin...

Tethering bill adds new protections for animals kept outside

Jan. 24, 2020 6:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Animal rights advocates want lawmakers to advance legislation that expands on a tethering bill passed last year by the General Assembly. The new legislation would increase the minimum length of a tether and adds conditions that include temperature, severe weather and require the animal...

Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if those organizations exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday without fanfare or an...

Ruling bolsters California assisted death law, group says

Jan. 24, 2020 4:03 PM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ruled California’s law allowing terminally people to end their lives was passed legitimately during a special session of the Legislature, dampening a long-running criticism by opponents who sued over the measure. A Riverside Superior Court judge also found this...

In this April 2019 photo provided by Direct Action Everywhere, Matt Johnson with Direct Action Everywhere, a Berkeley, California-based animal welfare group, holds a pig in a barn on a hog farm owned by Iowa Sen. Ken Rozenboom that the group entered through an unlocked door near Oskaloosa, Iowa. Johnson, one of those who entered the barn, said he submitted a complaint Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and local law enforcement after seeing conditions in the barn, which he contends constitute criminal animal neglect under Iowa law. (Direct Action Everywhere via AP)

Group's video shows suffering at Iowa lawmaker's pig farm

Jan. 24, 2020 3:58 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An animal welfare group gained access to an Iowa state lawmaker’s hog farm and has posted a video on the internet that shows pigs suffering and even dying in what appear to be inhumane conditions. Two people with Direct Action Everywhere, a Berkeley, California-based group,...

Cheyenne police say they can't enforce federal tobacco law

Jan. 24, 2020 1:08 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Cheyenne don't have the authority to enforce the new federal law that increased the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, the agency said. Officers can only legally enforce state laws and Cheyenne city ordinances, spokesman David Inman said. He said city...

Panelists at the New Jersey attorney general's annual human trafficking awareness event talk about how to prevent the crime, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Trenton, N.J. New Jersey has failed over the past five years to fully carry out a law aimed at preventing human trafficking by skipping a requirement to issue annual reports on prevention efforts. Commissioners say it's because there are too many vacancies on the commission. (AP Photo/Mike Catalini)

Human trafficking panel fails to issue reports, AP finds

Jan. 24, 2020 1:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has failed over the past five years to fully carry out a state law aimed at preventing human trafficking by skipping a requirement to issue annual reports on prevention efforts, The Associated Press has found. The 2013 Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment...

LoRebecca Gotwalt from Fairfax, squats in the back of the room and listens to speakers during a press conference for a meeting, sponsored by the Pro Choice Coalition, inside the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. With a newly empowered Democratic majority at the Virginia General Assembly, abortion-rights advocates say the state has a chance to roll back decades of restrictions and become a “safe haven” for women in neighboring conservative states. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Advocates want to make Virginia an abortion 'safe haven'

Jan. 24, 2020 1:02 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With a newly empowered Democratic majority at the Virginia General Assembly, abortion-rights advocates say the state has a chance to roll back decades of restrictions and become a “safe haven” for women in neighboring conservative states. Abortion-rights groups laid out...