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House passes bill to name post office after Jeannette Rankin

Oct. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to name a Montana post office building in honor of Jeannette Rankin. The Missoulian reported Thursday that the approval came Wednesday to rename the building after the Missoula-born Republican known as the first woman to hold...

Former Lt. Gov. Kleefisch quits woman's suffrage job

Oct. 17, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has quit a job leading national recognition of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote to return to Wisconsin 10 months after she began. The Republican Kleefisch is widely expected to run for governor in 2022. She served eight years as...

City denies vice cops violated rights of strip club dancers

Oct. 16, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city argues a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit by strip club dancers who allege malicious prosecution by two Columbus officers from a since-disbanded vice unit. Six women allege Kahoots Gentlemen's Club was targeted in retaliation for firing a bouncer who claimed...

The Latest: Bush-DeGeneres friendship prompts final question

Oct. 15, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the fourth Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The final question at the fourth Democratic presidential debate challenged candidates to share examples of surprising friendships they've had and how it's affected them. The question on Tuesday...

Women make up only 16% of Wyoming Legislature

Oct. 15, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A recent analysis by the Washington, D.C. nonprofit RepresentWomen ranks Wyoming 26th in the nation for gender parity in elected office. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that in a state known as the Equality State for being the first to give women the right to vote, women currently hold...

Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun denies sex bias claims

Oct. 13, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun is denying allegations of sexual discrimination made by a former associate athletic director at the University of Saint Joseph, the Division III school where he now works. Calhoun says in a statement released Saturday by the school that he...

Ruling leaves Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortions on hold

Oct. 11, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge's decision to put on hold an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The 2-1 ruling from a panel the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the law signed in 2017...

Abortion ban opponents conflicted in Louisiana governor race

Oct. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — At the height of Louisiana's debate over a strict new abortion ban, phone calls poured into Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' office, from people urging him to jettison the measure and threatening to withhold votes for his reelection bid as he signed the new law. So many hundreds of...

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

Oct. 9, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet...

Oklahoma board recommends release in failure-to-protect case

Oct. 8, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman who has already served 15 years in prison for failing to report her boyfriend, who served just two years behind bars for abusing her children, on Tuesday moved a step closer to freedom. Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously to recommend 35-year-old...