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Correction: MeToo-Teaching Consent story

May. 23, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

In a story May 20 about teaching consent in the #MeToo era, The Associated Press misidentified the description of programs that stress abstinence in sex education taught by the group Ascend. The group teaches "sexual risk avoidance," not "sexual risk aversion." A corrected version of the story is below: Amid...

House passes bill to help workers with retirement savings

May. 23, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to promote retirement security by making it easier for small businesses and other companies to offer retirement plans. The bipartisan bill, approved 417-3, also makes it easier for workers to transfer retirement plans when they change jobs...

New Jersey beach smoking ban in place for start of summer

May. 23, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer. Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this summer under tougher new restrictions. Nonsmokers are rejoicing over the ban, which also applies to public parks. But...

Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market

May. 22, 2019 11:19 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...

Washington joins West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

May. 22, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people's immigration status. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates...

New York puts Democrats a step closer to Trump tax returns

May. 22, 2019 9:19 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...

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...

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...