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ACLU of Indiana: New panhandling law violates free speech

Apr. 9, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new law tightening Indiana’s restrictions on panhandling violates the First Amendment by all but banning solicitation in cities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana contends in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that seeks to block the law. The law, set to take effect...

Judge: New Hampshire voter registration law unconstitutional

Apr. 9, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge struck down a New Hampshire law that added more steps to the voter registration process as unconstitutional “for unreasonably burdening the right to vote." The New Hampshire Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters sued Secretary of State William Gardner over the...

Florida governor OK's stricter thresholds on ballot measures

Apr. 9, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a slate of bills into law Wednesday, including one that would make it more difficult to place citizen initiatives on the ballot and another that would extend the life of the agency that promotes tourism in a state already hard-hit by the coronavirus...

Teen who killed sleeping man will serve up to 7 years

Apr. 9, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene teen who beat a man to death in 2018 has become the first to be sentenced under a new law designed to keep teens accused of serious crimes in Juvenile Court. Jonathan Daniel Kirkpatrick, now 18, admitted during a Tuesday hearing that he killed Ovid Neal, a 56-year-old homeless...

Isaac Repinski, of Milwaukee, juggles after voting at Riverside High School in Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The Wisconsin primary is moving forward in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic after Gov. Tony Evers sought to shut down Tuesday's election in a historic move Monday that was swiftly rejected by the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of the day. (Mike De Sisti/ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)

Wisconsin's pandemic election puts focus on state's court

Apr. 8, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Anyone needing proof of the power and significance of the Wisconsin Supreme Court can look no further than the lines of mask-wearing voters that stretched for hours in Milwaukee during an election held despite a stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus pandemic. An election-eve...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 8, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 8 The Mercury News on the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary not being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic: We must not only save our nation’s residents from the pandemic, we must also save our democracy from it. The...

This March 30, 2020, photo provided by Carolina McAuley shows herself at her home in Wycoff, N.J. As the country hunkered down to fend off the coronavirus, Carolina McAuley expected her middle school-age kids would continue to shuffle between her house and her ex-husband's, until she got sick. The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on divorced families' custody arrangements as parents get sick or exposed to the illness. In other cases, it is driving already feuding exes to battle over how seriously the other is heeding stay-at-home orders. (Carolina McAuley via AP)

Split families make pacts, duel over custody amid virus

Apr. 7, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

As the country hunkered down to fend off the coronavirus, Carolina McAuley expected her middle school-age kids would continue to shuffle between her house and her ex-husband's — until she got sick. Suddenly, her long-standing custody arrangement unraveled as she came down with a fever and chills and lost...

Judge: Waterloo law limiting criminal record inquiries OK

Apr. 7, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A judge has upheld the city of Waterloo’s new law that bans many businesses from asking about applicants’ criminal records in the early stages of the hiring process. Black Hawk County District Judge John Bauercamper sided with the city in a lawsuit brought by a business...

Court upholds murder dismissal in test of self-defense law

Apr. 6, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a murder case that became a test of the state's expanded self-defense law. The Casper Star-Tribune reported the court on Monday sided with Jason T. John, who was accused of fatally shooting Wesley Willow nine times with an AR-15...

FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen. Trump in recent days has grumbled that American companies such as 3M and GM are not doing enough to provide American medical workers and first responders with vital equipment they need. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump uses coronavirus crisis to push his broader agenda

Apr. 5, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking an old political adage to heart: Never let a crisis go to waste. The coronavirus is projected to kill more than 100,000 Americans. It has effectively shuttered the economy, torpedoed the stock market and rewritten the rules of what used to be called normal...