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Lee now in favor of changing Confederate proclamation

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee changed course on Monday and declared he's now in favor of amending a law that requires the state to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee tweeted on Monday he will work to change a decades-old statute...

Crusader for Spain's abducted babies finds biological family

Jul. 11, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A woman who became a crusader for babies abducted during Spain's 20th-century dictatorship said Thursday that she has found her biological family and learned that her mother gave her up voluntarily. Inés Madrigal said that thanks to an American DNA bank she has found four half...

Divided Alaska Legislature convenes session in 2 cities

Jul. 8, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session. The Alaska state Senate kicked off its second special session in Juneau on Monday and promptly removed its majority leader, who was 600 miles (965 kilometers) away...

ACLU sues over law that punishes inmates with 'civil death'

Jul. 3, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of a Rhode Island law that punishes inmates serving life in prison with "civil death." The ACLU's Rhode Island chapter filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of two inmates. A spokeswoman for the state...

Catholic officials sue insurers over future abuse claims

Jul. 2, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has sued more than two dozen insurance companies to compel them to cover claims filed by people who say they were abused by clerics. Church officials anticipate that numerous alleged abuse victims will sue under New York's Child Victims Act. The...

'John Doe DNA' from 1992 matched to California rape suspect

Jul. 1, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors said Monday that they used an unusual tactic to identify a suspect for three rapes committed more than 25 years ago, keeping the case alive long after the normal legal deadline would have expired. Investigators tucked away rape kit samples from the attacks...

New state, local laws affecting business take effect July 1

Jul. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With the arrival of July 1, many states and municipalities have new laws and regulations in effect affecting small businesses. While statutes in jurisdictions outside a company's location or operating area may not have a direct impact on the business, legislatures often follow the lead of...

Flint hears from prosecutors who dropped water charges

Jun. 29, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors who dropped charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal explained their decision in a public forum Friday night, telling frustrated, shocked and saddened residents they must look at hundreds of mobile devices and millions of documents that a previous...

New torture claims against ex-Sri Lankan official in US case

Jun. 27, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military and police forces led by Sri Lanka's former defense secretary, now a presidential hopeful, repeatedly tortured and raped political opponents, in some cases branding them with hot metal rods and lashing them with electrical cables, according to new allegations made by 10 men and...

Illinois court upholds dismissal of suit against Hastert

Jun. 25, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision to toss a lawsuit alleging former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused a fourth-grader in the 1970s, saying it agreed the accuser filed the suit too late. The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports the Illinois...