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Indiana's high court upholds state's `revenge porn' law

Jan. 22, 2022 09:24 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the state’s so-called “revenge porn” law that makes it a criminal act to distribute intimate images without consent. In a 5-0 ruling issued Tuesday, the court found that the General Assembly did not run afoul of the...

NY expands absentee voting after defeat of ballot measure

Jan. 21, 2022 18:53 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers can again choose to vote by absentee rather than face the risk of catching COVID-19 at polling sites through the rest of 2022 under a bill that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Friday. The Assembly passed the bill 100-45 on Wednesday, and the Senate passed...

Death sentences upheld in case dubbed 'the Wichita massacre'

Jan. 21, 2022 16:51 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the death sentences Friday of two brothers who were sentenced in 2002 for four killings known as “the Wichita massacre.” Jonathan and Reginald Carr argued that a ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access...

'Perfect leader': Woman takes command of USS Constitution

Jan. 21, 2022 15:07 PM EST

Women have assumed leadership positions throughout the Navy, so it was only fitting that a woman for the first time Friday took command of the U.S.S. Constitution — the Navy's most historic vessel. Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell, 39, during a ceremony that started on land and ended on...

Slavery ban testimony heard by Vermont legislators

Jan. 20, 2022 21:02 PM EST

Vermont legislators are again taking up a proposed constitutional amendment to make it clear that slavery and indentured servitude are prohibited, as some other states have done. Vermont's constitution currently says no person 21 or older should serve as a slave unless bound by...

Lawsuit: Tennessee adoption agency turned away Jewish couple

Jan. 20, 2022 19:07 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Knoxville couple is suing the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, saying a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish. Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram say the Holston United Methodist Home for Children...

NCAA ratifies new constitution, paving way to restructuring

Jan. 20, 2022 18:42 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA member schools voted to ratify a new, streamlined constitution Thursday, paving the way for a decentralized approach to governing college sports that will hand more power to schools and conferences. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor, 801-195, and was...

Proposal would officially make Nebraska Legislature partisan

Jan. 20, 2022 18:29 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker proposed a measure Thursday that would end Nebraska's status as the only state with an officially nonpartisan Legislature. The measure by Sen. Julie Slama, of Peru, would strike Nebraska's constitutional requirement that state legislative candidates...

US appeals court: 2 California counties violated Constitution by shutting down gun shops during early days of pandemic

Jan. 20, 2022 17:16 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — US appeals court: 2 California counties violated Constitution by shutting down gun shops during early days of pandemic.

Washington justices uphold $18M fine in GMO-labeling case

Jan. 20, 2022 14:36 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has narrowly upheld an $18 million fine levied against an association of large food brands that funneled dark money into a state political campaign. The 5-4 decision Thursday found that the penalty against the Grocery Manufacturers...