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NY puts Democrats a step closer to getting Trump tax returns

May. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly both...

Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market

May. 22, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple in a decision that undercuts a key part of its business. The decision vindicates the U.S. Federal Trade Commission two years after it filed...

Editorials from around Oregon

May. 22, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Corvallis Gazette-Times, May 22, on letting voters decide on capital punishment: A bill before the state Legislature that would dramatically curtail the cases in which the death penalty could be applied passed the state Senate on Tuesday and now heads for the...

The Latest: Qualcomm defeat might not lower phone prices

May. 22, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on federal judge's ruling against Qualcomm (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A federal ruling against Qualcomm is likely to reduce the licensing fees paid on the sales of smartphones. But it's unclear if device makers such as Apple will pass on any of their savings and lower their...

Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules

May. 22, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are bucking a national trend of restrictive abortion laws by voting to repeal requirements that physicians document a pregnant woman's marital status and tell her about the "emotional implications" of an abortion. Democrats in the Assembly passed the bill in a...

Defense lawyer loses bid to get judge to kill death penalty

May. 21, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state court judge rejected a bid by a defense lawyer on Tuesday to declare Nevada's death penalty unconstitutional because the two most powerful lawmakers in the Legislature are also career prosecutors. Attorney JoNell Thomas, representing a man facing three upcoming capital murder...

Arizona prisons urged to end ban on book about black men

May. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship. The American Civil Liberties Union called on the Arizona Department of Corrections this week...

Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

May. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted...

Legislature approves bill banning undetectable firearms

May. 21, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Making, selling, transporting or possessing 3D-printed guns and other undetectable firearms would be banned in New York under legislation approved by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature. The Assembly passed the bill Monday, five days after the legislation was approved by the...

Mississippi abortion law 'smacks of defiance,' US judge says

May. 21, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge indicated Tuesday that he is likely to block a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The new law puts a cutoff point for abortion at about six weeks, when many women may not yet know they're pregnant. U.S. District Judge...